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Generating Texts & Doodles


In the process of firming up 'official' text and designs representing the Lanchonete project, I find that I'm writing and drawing variations each time an opportunity arises.  For example, an application to Asociación de Arte Útil; an article for the Sarai Reader; responses to a questionnaire by Jan Willem Schrofer; Res Artis panel proposal; Brooklyn Museum treatment; text for the New Museum IDEAS CITY street fest; an application to Speculating on Change, the 20th Image Symposium of the Regional Government of Madrid at CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo; and many versions of the featured timeline.


Todd Lester writes a monthly blog post on RU’s Dialogues detailing the preparation and implementation of, a 5-year residency project in Sao Paulo. celebrates São Paulo‘s ubiquitous lunch counters and their role in the life of the Center. invites a group of international artists to reside in – and thus develop a relationship with – the Center of São Paulo, its citizens, institutions, issues and patterns. Begun as a research process, the project materializes into a community-owned restaurant over its five-year duration, and leaves behind a management structure - Associação Espaço Cultural Lanchonete - to contend with the inherent responsibilities of such an endeavor.

View all Lanchonete posts here.

Latest Lanchonette Posts:

2016.5 – on ATAQUE!


2016.4 – on Queer City


2016.3 – on ‘Food Audit’ @ Poly/Graphic Triennial {San Juan}

Lanchonete 2016.3

2016.2 – on the politics of water

ficus elastica

2016.1 – on refugees and the São Paulo housing movement

Photo Raphael Daibert