Actual Arquitectura da Cultura – AADK Portugal is an extension of Aktuelle Architektur Der Kultur, a collective of three artists founded in Berlin in 2006 by Abraham Hurtado (Spain), Jochen Arbeit (Germany) and Vânia Rovisco (Portugal) to develop a project that establish new relationships between creation, curation and reception of contemporary art. For six years, he developed events and actions in different parts of Berlin and Europe, activating new spaces through artistic intervention.
Back in Spain, Abraham Hurtado created AADK Spain and in 2012 started directing the Centro Negra in the village of Blanca in the Murcia region (40 km from the city), his current headquarters, surrounded by mountains and pine forests, becoming a platform that generates resources for contemporary research and creation and which, so far, has had the participation of more than 300 artists from all over the world.
It was also on her return to Portugal, in 2010, that Vânia Rovisco founded AADK Portugal, which has framed the production of her multifaceted artistic projects, as well as projects by Sónia Baptista, among others. It was activated through the Demimonde project, developed in collaboration with Máquina Agradável by Andresa and Lígia Soares for artistic creation and experimentation, occupying a space at Galerias Boavista in Lisbon granted by the City Council for two years, which involved several independent artists.
The anti-systematic vision of AADK Portugal, in constant adjustment and formation, favors an intuitive and critical approach to the fields that it decides to visit, occupy, use, dissect, transform or fracture, through a self-generated network of relationships that accommodates different people.
Artistic work is unique to each artist, but presentation settings and fruition strategies can develop discursive and social interest and, therefore, members and artists are invited to join in the creation of live events. This has always been and continues to be one of the focuses of AADK Portugal. At times through delimited territories of contemporary dance and theater, but also of writing and cinema, visual arts, music and sound arts, other times provoking dialogue with social, land and agrarian sciences and other areas of knowledge, AADK Portugal is rooted in interdisciplinarity and in encouraging and stimulating creative exchange.