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“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” _Virginia Woolf

“The truth is, I often like women. I like their unconvetionality. I like their completeness. I like their anonimity.”  _Virginia Woolf
Installation, pefrformance and video
Work for the exhibition “Entremeios”
Porto, Portugal


The cosmos as poetry ocurred to me as I was thinking a project of an imaginary  museum to contain all the utopian dreams, memories and desires of freedom, love and transcendensce. I dediced to call it “cosmos” for its superlative and intangible caracteristics. Later, I realised it was more of a poetic realization than a project. And I found the text “The Cosmos as a poem” by Jean Pierre Luminet in the internet.

“The term of cosmos is etymologically related to æsthetics – just as cosmetics. At the times of Homer and Hesiod, it was employed to describe the ornaments, physical or moral attraction, order, poetry, truth. Pythagoras and Plato adopted the word to indicate the whole universe. Consequently the cosmos, associated with the logos, became synonymous with a majestic and imposing universe, governed by beauty, harmony, order, and understandable to human’s mind.”

_Jean Pierre Luminet
The Cosmos as a poem
Bolg Iluminesciences


The specific link between the scientific and artistic approaches of the universe is manifest in the explicit representations of the cosmos : celestial charts, the design of telescopes and measuring instruments, diagrams of world systems, all translate a deep aesthetic concern. From black limestone « kudurrus » appearing in old Babylonian cosmogonies to recent photographs of gravitational lenses taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, from medieval illuminated manuscripts on the creation of the world to XVIIth century uranographic atlases set in the baroque style, from the circular perfection of Ptolemaic astronomy to the foam of baby-universes spouted out of the quantum vacuum, the will to translate some kind of celestial harmony is omnipresent among thinkers of the cosmos. Harmony directly visible in the gold nails of the firmament, but especially invisible harmony, hidden in the secret beauty of the curves and equations of cosmic mechanics. As Heraclitus said : « The most beautiful universe is a pouring out of sweepings at random. Nature likes to hide. The hidden harmony is better than the obvious. »

_Jean Pierre Luminet
The Cosmos as a poem
Bolg Iluminesciences


“In the spring of 1609, Galileo Galilei came across a strange object being sold in Venice as a toy. It consisted of a short tube with a lens at either end, which allowed the viewer to obtain a magnified view of distant objects. Galileo put a great deal of work into perfecting it and began to explore the night sky in November of that year. What he saw was a universe completely different from the one described by tradition.
(The Gallileu Museum Blog)