CRIATÓRIO AT POWER STATION
Power Station is our residency and creation space in Porto.
The reactivation of spaces and the development of a program that mixtures indoor and outdoor activities, reflects a dynamic programmatic composition and our desire to transform the Power Station into a reference place for the investigation of performing and transdisciplinary arts.
With the support of the Municipality of Porto, within the program Criatório, we managed to reinforce our activity, aiming at greater regularity and dialogue with the public. We aim at creating a versatile and constantly moving territory, expanding the creative possibilities, giving value to an area that still maintains in many ways peripheral: Campanhã.
Criatório is an annual municipal program that support artistic creation and programming in Porto. This program has as main objectives to contribute to the consolidation of the activity of artists and cultural agents from multiple artistic disciplines, who in Porto can find a context to develop their professional practice.
02 to 18 march 2021 | The Presence of Memory – archives and voices, a theoretical-practical research laboratory by creating, Joana Craveiro (PT) | Heat – Formativa Cycle
A laboratory around memory and the creative practices of working with it – from the discovery and analysis of archives, oral testimonies, and also following the example of other artists and researchers in these matters. Understanding the past as a country in discovery (David Lowenthal described it as “a foreign country”), memory thus becomes a place of both conflict and reconstitution. Enzo Traverso refers to him as a “construction site under construction”.
It is precisely in this territory of possibility – of constructions, omissions, erasures and rewrites – that artistic work around memory and its representations, artefacts and voices, can be a fertile place for discovering new readings of each person’s personal history – and, even more comprehensively, of the collective history in which our lives are inserted and to which they contribute.
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12 to 30 july 2021 | Residencie APOCALYPSO, by Luara Learth Moreira (BRA) | Turbine – Convocatória
Between December 16, 2020 and January 10, 2021, applications for the Residency Program – Circolando / Power Station 2021 – Criatório were opened. The selected project was Apocalypso, by Luara Learth Moreira in partnership with Acauã El Bandide & Odete.
In it, they aim to think of the apocalypse as a possibility to remove the veils that cover the unprecedented constructions of the colonial world, tear off layers as a way to destroy it, provide its asymmetric structures of death. At the same time, they want to summon the visibility and opacity of underground images, buried by the hegemony and violence of this toxic invention of a racist cis-hetero colonial world.
The racialized queers assume central bodies in this work, as they are the main space for invoking the images and rituals they intend to create. Merging and undoing the dichotomy and duality of the normativity of the male-female genders, haunting, forming and deforming the flash in monsters, incorporating animals, spirits, powers of nature, and also a dissonance that our identities represent for hegemony.
PROGRAM CRIATÓRIO 2020-2021
12 september 2020 | Concert JAVIER DÍEZ ENA (ESP) + CLAIANA (CPV) | Pulsion – Sound Cycle
Concert with the double bass player, thereminist and Spanish electronic musician Javier Díez Ena who, in his live performances, plays loops strictly created live without using reproduction or pre-recording material; followed by Gui Lee, or rather, Claiana, the Cape Verdean musician, already an essential figure on the night of Porto.
14 october 2020 | Documentary THE BODY AS ARCHIVE, by Michael Maurissens (DEU) + Talk | Breaker – Audiovisual Cycle
Michael Maurissens’ documentary is based on research that considers the ways in which the dancer’s body can be considered an archive. Is the body of a dancer just a repository of forms of use? Dancers create, accumulate and carry knowledge – where is it stored and what do they explore through their practice? How are cultural and social contexts reflected in the body of a dancer? After the exhibition, we held a conversation with Gonçalo Mota.
17 november 2020 | Documentary MY BODY IS POLITICAL, by Alice Riff (BRA) + Talk | Breaker – Audiovisual Cycle
First feature film by director Alice Riff, which addresses the daily lives of four LGBT activists who live on the outskirts of São Paulo. Paula Beatriz is the director of a public school. Giu Nonato, a young photographer living a transition phase in her life. Linn da Quebrada is an actress, singer and theater teacher. Fernando Ribeiro, a student and telemarketing operator. From the intimacy and social context of the characters, the documentary raises contemporary questions about the trans population and their political disputes. After the exhibition, we held a conversation with Helena Vieira.
10 december | Performance La Bête A.C. D.C, by Wagner Schwartz | Vapor – Performative Cycle
From 2005 to 2020, before Coronavirus, Wagner Schwartz manipulated a plastic replica of the sculptures Bichos (1960), by Lygia Clark, in galleries, theaters and museums. The public was invited to participate. In December 2020, after Coronavirus, a new version of La Bête appears in full pandemic, especially dedicated to 21 Volts, Creator. This time, the audience and the artist wore masks. Alcohol gel and gloves were available. A Covid-19 exam was done before the experiment. Did the barrier gestures continue?
13 january | Tijuana, Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (MEX) | Vapor – Performative Cycle
Tijuana brings into play the experience of Gabino Rodríguez, converted for six months in Santiago Ramírez, a resident of Tijuana (Baja California), under specific conditions that separated him from his usual world (from which he remained incommunicado), while working in exchange for a salary minimum at a local factory.
The staging seeks to tell about this experience and to question the possibilities of representation. From here, the work tries to weave a discourse on fiction, reality and representation. Be someone else, trying to live someone else’s life. Impersonating someone else. Isn’t that acting?
Tijuana is part of the project “Democracy in Mexico 1965-2015”, a series of 32 pieces (one for each state of the Republic) that inquire about the relevance of this concept from different geographies. A complex mosaic of realities called Mexico.
Curadoria Geral Central Eléctrica: Pedro Vilela | Curadoria Ciclo Audiovisual: Gonçalo Mota