Cosmic Mega Brain





Cosmicmegabrain and Lisbon based producer Ana Francisca Amaral have rejoined forces for the return of MANPOWER, the glorious art festival in Lisbon's Rua Poço dos Negros. Sprawled across an archetypal Lisbon street, a night of art, music and performance will inhabit once again its public spaces, shop windows and empty venues.


Six years have passed since MANPOWER: celebration of mankind in its unity. The timeless charm of the street is now suffused with fresh industry, its traditional linchpins of commerce linking arms with new architecture and design studios, theatre companies and a museum.


Once a symbol of slavery - the street's name actually means 'Well of the blacks' - Rua Poço dos Negros is now a distinct nucleus of Lisbon's creative fervor.


We are looking for exciting works of art to re-inhabit this scenario and test its unorthodox format: performances, video, installation, photography, paintings, sculptures, public art that will boldly confront the audience outside a conventional art space.


MANPOWER 2014 will be a celebration of endurance, multitasking ability, hidden powers and the talent of creation; an homage to the juggler, the craftsman and the magician.


To submit your work: 

Please send your CV (including a link to your website) plus a 500 words proposal/statement in english, up to 5 x jpg images (max 1MB each), and web link to video works to specifying “MANPOWER submission” on the subject of the email. We welcome informal enquiries before the submission deadline.

All submission will be reviewed by Ana Francisca Amaral and Cosmicmegabrain’s core team with the contribution of two esteemed professionals:

London based Gilly Fox (UK) - Curator Hayward Touring Exhibition

Lisbon based Susana Pomba (PT) - Independent Curator and founder of

Deadline: 31st of October 2014 

For more info:


Press and Venues.

Manpower is organized in collaboration with DNA - Escola das GaivotasCão SolteiroTeatro PragaRés-do-ChãoAtelier-Museu Júlio PomarAtelier RE_AL and Oficina Colectiva.

About us:

Ana Francisca Amaral is a Lisbon based architect, she explores the issues of how to inhabit public and private spaces and feeds from the knowledge of the original makers, turning problems into opportunities for action. Ana has founded Poço de Ideias in 2011.

Founded in late 2007 by Jesse O Wade, Francisca Aires and Francesca Cavallo, cosmicmegabrain have curated and produced a number of collaborative art projects in the UK and abroad. Our productions combine multi-disciplinary arts (art, music, performance) and explore different ways of audience engagement.