Margarida Mendes is a curator and researcher based in Lisbon. Exploring the overlap between cybernetics, ecology and experimental film, her personal research investigates the dynamic transformations of the environment and its impact on societal structures and cultural production. She is interested in exploring alternative modes of education and political resilience through her collaborative practice, programming, and activism. She curates across the world and was part of the curatorial team of the 11th Gwangju Biennale The 8th Climate (what does art do?) and the 4th Istanbul Design Biennale A School of Schools. In 2016 she curated the long-term research exhibition MATTER FICTIONS at Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, publishing a joint reader with Sternberg Press. She has directed several educational platforms, such as escuelita - an informal school at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo CA2M, Madrid (2017); The Barber Shop project space in Lisbon dedicated to transdisciplinar research (2009-16); and the ecological inquiry curatorial research platform The World In Which We Occur, ongoing since 2014. She is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Visual Cultures Department, Goldsmiths University of London.