“These Days”, by Miguel Lucas Mendes

“These Days” is a song written by Jackson Browne and recorded by several artists. Browne wrote the song when he was just 16 years old.

Miguel Lucas Mendes made this beautiful version, and challenged me to make a video for his version with images from our archives. The challenge was accepted and here is the result.

“These Days”

Miguel Lucas Mendes

Rui Luís

Archive Images

Original music
Jackson Browne

© 2020 Ideas in the Dark Archives / Miguel Lucas Mendes



Class_ is a collection of Photography Books that has its origins in a partnership with the designer Paulo Condez from Design by NADA studios.

Class_ are 24 books with 24 curators on our Online Photographic Archive, where for each issue a curator / collective is given a letter of the alphabet, with which a keyword is chosen, 24 images are chosen and “written” one new story.

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“Tabu, Propriedade Privada” a film by Maria Ganem

Maria Ganem made the short film “Tabu, Proprietada Privada”, using 8mm films from our archive. These films originate from a collection of reels purchased at a flea market in Paris, where the predominant theme is films by French families traveling through the islands of Tahiti in the 1960s.

“Taboo, Private Property” a film by Maria Ganem. Created from archival images of French tourists, who traveled to Tahiti during the 1960s, Tabu problematizes the encounter of these individuals and the island’s native population, in a reflection on tourism and colonialism.

The film was in competition at Doclisboa 18.

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Catarina Simão’s R-Humor Exhibition

The Ideias no Escuro Archive came together through a joint work by João Farelo and Rui Luís with researcher Catarina Simão for the R-Humor exhibition on Archives of Mozambique with an audiovisual piece featuring two videos edited with materials from the collection of Zoom production company that integrates our Videographic archive.

Due to the state of the country due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the exhibition will end on June 30th unless future changes.

The R-Humor exhibition is centered on a collection of 245 photographs from the archives of the Grassi Museum für Völkerkunde in Leipzig, one of Saxony’s internationally renowned Ethnographic Museums. These photographs today recover a unique testimony to the history of the Makonde art collection of the National Museum of Ethnology in Nampula (Mozambique) gathered in colonial times. At the same time, and in a critical and satirical way, they are a paradox as proof of the foresight about the behavior of the white colonizer.

Catarina Simão is an artist and researcher who has been working with the notion of the archive since 2009, engaging especially with Mozambique’s colonial and anticolonial history. The unsteady disposition of the archive is a central aspect of her work, as is the criticism attached to custodian registry. R-humor is a project that emerges from years of observation on the involuntary memory of archives, understanding specially the interrelationship of time with text and the  objects.