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Ellipsis Open School

Community, Research

Ellipsis is a self-initiated summer school, art residency and temporary community in the south of Portugal. Each year in September, 10–15 people — artists, designers, illustrators, writers, architects, urban planners and activists, from countries as diverse as the US, Canada, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Portugal, — meet for 10 days and share a countryside house in the south of Portugal.

Together they are responsible for creating a programme of activities comprising of lectures, workshops, screenings, hikes, etc., teaching and learning from each other, while also exploring their surroundings and getting to know the local community.

Ellipsis was born out of an ongoing investigation into topics such as community, collaboration and the measures that can be personally undertaken to counter individualism and isolation as results of capitalism. The project aims to explore the possibilities for community creation in the fringes, away from the urban cultural centres, as well as what happens when a group of strangers come together and share a space and a common interest — that of rethinking what collaboration, education and community means nowadays.

Find out more on the website or Instagram.

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