Judith Barry
All the light that's ours to see
19.09. - 06.12.2020

Judith Barry, Study for All the light that’s ours to see, 2018–2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Judith Barry, Study for All the light that’s ours to see, 2018–2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Judith Barry’s work spans a range of media and crosses disciplines, including installation and project-based research, architecture/exhibition design, film/video, performance art/dance, sculpture, photography, and digital media. Her exhibition at Lumiar Cité constitutes the international premiere of her two-channel immersive installation All the light that’s ours to see, for which the artist appropriates the story of a New York video rental chain store, the infamous Mondo Kim's, and the quest to find a home for 55,000 video tapes and films after it closed. The video rental market generated a transformation in audience viewing conventions that departed from the tradition of a collective experience shared by strangers in the darkness of the cinema and shifted into new domestic uses and spatial typologies – including video games, and evolving social media. This radical change of where we watch and engage with moving images and, consequently, of our sharing and collective experience, gave way to new forms of spatialisation inherent to digital media.

A palimpsest of images, presented across two screens, explores how ways of viewing, dating back to medieval times and evolving into our present in a variety of environments, produces different social experiences. Various architectural spaces are represented: from anatomy theatres to libraries and archives, from conventional theatre architecture to churches and the optical illusion of the trompe-l'œil, from factories designed for the performance of new types of labour to museums, from movie palaces to panoramas, from cabinets of curiosities (Kunstkammer) to Renaissance and Baroque painting and their relationship to the development of perspective, sculpture, abstraction, and the moving image. These spaces are explored through a history of technology that considers the relation of older forms to cybernetics, robotics, the Internet, augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. This visual journey allows the viewer to travel through historical moments and simultaneously question social changes and the relationships between media and our ever-changing habits of consumption. The work is an elegiac meditation on our behaviour as audiences and on how we are being transformed by the evolution of new technologies and forms of media.

Judith Barry lives and works in New York. She has exhibited internationally and been included in numerous exhibitions, including the Berlin Biennale, Carnegie International, Documenta, Nagoya Biennale, São Paolo Biennale, Sharjah Biennial, Sydney Biennale, Venice Biennale(s) of Art and Architecture, and the Whitney Biennale. A survey of her work travelled in Europe and was most recently shown at the Berardo Museum, Lisbon, in 2010. Public Fantasy, a collection of Barry’s essays, was published by the ICA in London (1991). Other publications include Projections: mise en abyme (1997), The Study for the Mirror and Garden (2003) and Judith Barry: body without limits (2009). Her awards include the Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts, (2000) and the Best Pavilion and Audience Award at the 8th Cairo Biennale (2001). Currently, she is Director and Professor of the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology Cambridge, MA.

The exhibition was designed by the US architect Ken Saylor.

This artwork was produced with the generous support of CAST – Arts at MIT (US), ACT Faculty Project Fund at MIT (US), the donors to the 2018 McDermott Award Gala, hosted by the Council for the Arts at MIT (US), HOME (UK), Film and Video Umbrella (UK), Maumaus / Lumiar Cité, Ministry of Culture / Directorate-General of the Arts (Portugal), Audain Visual Artist in Residency (Simon Fraser University, Canada) and private foundations in Europe and the USA.

Covid-19: Maximum four visitors in the gallery at any time. Face masks are compulsory. The usual opening event will not take place.


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 2024
Until 03.09.2023


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



Avenida António Augusto de Aguiar, 148 - 3º C
1050-021 Lisboa, Portugal

The discussion will be in English.
Entry is free and limited to the number
of seats available.

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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

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by Terence Dixon

with Sarah Lewis-Cappellari
and Kerstin Stakemeier

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium 2
23.11.2023, 18h30

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with Billy Woodberry
and Ruth Wilson Gilmore

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Auditorium 3
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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

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Buchmann, Loretta Fahrenholz and Jürgen Bock


Anna Schachinger
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08.10 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition


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

Dozie Kanu
20.01. – 14.04.2024

20.01 | 16h00 Opening of the exhibition

16.03 | 17h00 Talk between Dozie Kanu

and Simon Thompson


a conversation between
Dozie Kanu and Simon Thompson
16.03.2024, 17h00


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once in a hundred years

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A combined exhibition between
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A co-production by Lumiar Cité
and Artium Museum

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| 18h00 Opening of the exhibition


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14.10.2023 – 14.01.2024


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Closed 24, 25, 31 December and 1 January

Arne Kaiser and Jürgen Bock

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project for future remembrance
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In co-production with Lumiar Cité:

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The Educational Web
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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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