Based on an initiative put forward by the Instituto Lusíada de Cultura-ILC, a non-profit entity founded in 1982 and declared to be of public utility in 1991, the work necessary to create a Museum dedicated to digital arts is now underway. This work involves rehabilitating a significant part of the Agricultural Cooperative of Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo’s facilities.
The aim of this museum is to create a physical space in which digital art works can be exhibited. Achieving this aim will involve sharing (artwork with the public), hospitality (in welcoming in resident artists).
The great challenge faced, and the point of uncertainty in this project, is rooted in the location selected – abandoned industrial installations, within an area that is still mainly agricultural and undergoing desertification, but where extraordinary aspects and values of the Algarve’s ethnography, culture and heritage remain alive – and the ambition to transform these into an art centre that will shine an international spotlight on both the Algarve specifically, and Portugal, more generally.
Our partners range from relevant Portuguese and foreign digital art public entities and associations to the all-important partnerships we are establishing with previously existing European museums.
Museu Zer0 will also be uniquely positioned, essentially due to its location within the agricultural silos, which are, undoubtedly, a landmark.
Museu Zer0 documents
Where we started
1N THE BEGINNING THERE WAS ALEPH.
1N THE END THERE W1LL BE ZER0.
ART 1S 1N THE MIDDLE.
BUT WHERE 1S THE CENTRE?
FIND OUT WHERE WE STARTED, THE CHALLENGES WE SET OURSELVES AND THE MAIN STEPS WE’VE TAKEN TO THIS DAY.
What we believe in
WE HAVE DRAWN UP A SET OF ART PRINCIPLES, WHICH WE WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU ABOUT, AND GET YOUR OPINION ON.
The Fundação EDP’s mission is to contribute to improving people’s quality of life by supporting social, cultural and scientific initiatives. The foundation also owns and manages MAAT, therefore enabling Museu Zer0 to build a privileged working relationship with the institution.
Fundação Amélia da Silva de Mello
Fundação Amélia da Silva de Mello aims to provide general support to education and assistance initiatives, specifically by granting subsidies to people, centres and industry-applied scientific research institutions, to support the progress of medical and human sciences and to set up and support centres and institutions of this nature, as well as by awarding scholarships to candidates with remarkable school achievements from low-income households.
Fundação Oriente was created on the 18th March 1988 and is a non-profit private law organisation with an established legal status. On the 15th March 2018, the institution was granted the Honorary status of the Order of Prince Henry. The Foundation’s headquarters are in Lisbon, though it has delegations in the Macao Special Administrative Region, India and East Timor.