Seminar 19.01.2023
Modes of Melancholy
03:30 pm | online El oído melanchólico and Arquitectura de la Melancolía, by José Joaquín Parra Bañón (US); Adão Melancólico by Francisco de Holanda, by Teresa Lousa (CHAM)


03:30 pm

Adão Melancólico by Francisco de Holanda

In this presentation, the image of Adão Melancólico, a detail from the De Aetatubus Mundi Imagines codex, will be analyzed as a starting point for a reflection on the role of melancholy in the artistic culture of the late Renaissance.


Teresa Lousa

She is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, a lecturer in the Art and Heritage Sciences group. She is an integrated researcher at CHAM, in the Art, History and Heritage Research Group. Her PhD thesis focused on the figure of Francisco de Holanda, his Theory of Art and Melancholy as a characteristic of the creative genius. Currently, her research areas focus on the relationships between Art and Melancholy, Art and Gender, Art and Education, Artistic Imaginaries and the Anthropocene, Museology, Heritage and Art Therapy.


03:45 pm

El oído melanchólico and Arquitectura de la Melancolía

In this talk, the author presents two books that result from a deep research on Melancholy: El oído melanchólico (2018), deals with the non-destructive melancholy that is heard as an inner whistle in the left ear and demands that the creative genius stops, and perhaps with his head reclined, begins to project the transformation and invention of reality. The melancholic ear wonders about the mode of thinking and expressing the melancholy present in the left-handed buzz that encourages creation, due to its habits of coexistence with things in the complex sound space of Joy and Sadness.

In Arquitectura de la Melancolía (2019), the author presents a series of fragments stolen from the places where melancholy occurs: coming from a theory about the places where they coexist happily and violently, it strips imagination and reason with the common purpose of creating. In the perspective of creative and fertile melancholy, the architecture of melancholy is presented as the places, scenarios, and situations or rooms and characters in which melancholy takes refuge.


José Joaquín Parra Bañón

Architect, essayist, writer. Professor at the University of Seville: he has been a teacher since 1990 at its Higher Technical School of Architecture. Author of the essays: Noé en imágenes. Arquitecturas de la catástrofe [Girona: Atalanta, 2022]. Pies de foto para arquitecturas descalzas [Madrid: Abada, 2021]; Arquitectura de la melancolía. Sobre la melarquía proyectiva y el genio creativo [Sevilla: Athenaica, 2019]; El oído melancólico. Expresión e imágenes de la acufenolipemanía [Sevilla: Athenaica, 2018]; Arquitecturas terminales. Teoría y práctica de la destrucción [Sevilla: IUACC-US, 2009]; Bárbara arquitectura bárbara, virgen y mártir [Cádiz: COAC, 2007]; Pensamento arquitectónico na obra de José Saramago. Acerca da arquitectura da casa [Lisboa: Caminho, 2004]; Arquitectura profana en Osuna [Sevilla: PAO, 2001]. Narrator of Tratados de poliorcética [2003] and literary editor and writer of Quebrar Azules [2022]; Análisis y comunicación contemporánea de la arquitectura [2015-17]; Casas de citas [2018] and Lugares ¿Qué Lugares? [2020]. Researcher at CHAM. Director of the international project Casas de Citas: Lugares de encuentro de la arquitectura, la literatura y otras artes vecinas.


04:30 pm - Debate


Organizing Committee

Adelino Cardoso  (CHAM)
Teresa Lousa  (CHAM)

Poster (.pdf)