State of Emergency

Lumiar Cité

State of Emergency is a deliberately provocative public projection series, organised and curated by Sherry Millner and Ernest Larsen. Initially, it was rear-projected in the second-floor windows of the loft in which they live in New York City. Subsequent editions, featuring contributions by more than 15 media artists, have screened at a variety of unconventional venues in the U.S. and Europe. Contributors include: Martha Rosler, Greg Sholette, Mary Kelly, Allan Sekula, Leslie Thronton, and John Greyson, among many others.

State of Emergency began as an agit-prop shout-out against the ever-deepening devastation of democracy in the U.S., as resistance at once to the continuing U.S. invasions of the Middle East and to the permanent state of emergency in which we are trapped. In breaking loose of institutional constraints, in displacing the gestural and perceptual regimen of the everyday, in capturing the spontaneous attentions of walkers, wanderers, and workers, the project enacts both anarchist and situationist aesthetics. Millner & Larsen, who are presently editing a film essay on the aftermath of the Greek insurrection of December 2008, will also screen another of their interventionist films, as part of the 90 minute program, which will be followed by a discussion with the artists.

Ernie Larsen and Sherry Millner are collaborative video makers that live and work in New York. Sherry Millner has been producing films, videotapes, and photomontages remarkable for their mixture of humour, analysis and personal insight, embracing a wide range of issues, from the mundane to the political. Ernie Larsen is a fiction writer and media critic. They began collaborating in the mid-seventies with a performance about the Weather Underground. Since then their video projects have been exhibited and have won awards at major festivals throughout the world including two Whitney Biennials.


Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal
Monday to Friday, 10h00 to 13h00,
14h30 to 19h00

Tel: + 351 21 352 11 55


Independent Study Programme
Call 2023
Until 04.09.2022


Manthia Diawara
AI: African Intelligence
Cinema Palace

Commissioned by Serpentine, MUBI and PCAI Polygreen Culture & Art Initiative, as part of Serpentine's Back to Earth project.

Manthia Diawara
Angela Davis: A World of Greater Freedom
Sharjah Biennial 15
07.02. – 11.06.2023

Manthia Diawara
A Letter from Yene
Batalha Centro de Cinema, Porto


Amanda Boetzkes
Realism Without Authority
01.04, 04.04.2022
10h–13h, 14h–17h

Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian

Registration is free but limited to the number of seats available. Please send an email with a short CV to by 24.03.2022. Confirmation of registration will be sent by email. The seminar will be in English.

Lumiar Cité

Rua Tomás del Negro, 8A
1750-105 Lisboa, Portugal
Wednesday to Sunday, 15h00 to 19h00
or by appointment.
Tel: + 351 21 755 15 70

Loretta Fahrenholz
Circle Navel Nil
24.04. – 27.06.2021

24.06 | 18h00 Online conversation with Sabeth

Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Anna Schachinger
08.10. – 11.12.2022

07.10 | 18h00 Circulating Salt, Ayami Awazuhara
08.10 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition


Willem Oorebeek
17.12.2022 – 19.03.2023
extended until 26.03.2023


Cosima von Bonin
Boy at Work
15.04. – 23.07.2023

15.04 | 17h00 Opening of the exhibition

20.07 | 19h00 Talk by Diedrich Diederichsen


Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
Artium Museum, Vitoria-Gasteiz
24.03. – 24.09.2023


The Educational Web
Kunstverein in Hamburg
01.04. – 06.08.2023

Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock

In cooperation with Lumiar Cité:

Tiffany Chung
Thu Thiêm: an archaeological
project for future remembrance
08.06. - 08.09.2019

Johann Jacobs Museum

In co-production with Lumiar Cité:

Alejandro Cesarco
Other Recent Examples
24.03. - 24.09.2023

Artium Museum

The Educational Web
31.03. - 06.08.2023

Kunstverein in Hamburg

Maumaus/Lumiar Cité is funded by República Portuguesa – Cultura/Direção-Geral das Artes. With the support of Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Junta de Freguesia do Lumiar

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