Circolando – Transdisciplinary Creation Space belongs to InResidencePorto, a platform that offers artists opportunities to develop their work, in the visual arts and other artistic disciplines, in various spaces in the city of Porto. As part of this partnership with the Porto City Council, each year we award an InResidence grant of € 4,000-€ 6,000 for a medium-term residency by an artist / collective.
Within InResidence programme, we already presented the following projects:
2017 | LOA, DEMO (PT)
LOA (also spelled lwa) are the spirits of Haitian Voudou and Louisiana Voodoo. They are also referred to as “mystères” and “the invisible ones”, intermediaries between Bondye (French: Bon Dieu, meaning “good God”) – the Supreme Creator, who is distant from the world – and humanity.
In this residency proposal, Gil Mac and Cláudio Vidal, performers of the Guimarães based collective DEMO (Multidisciplinary and Organic Experimental Device), joined the composer and sound artist Tiago Ângelo and the director and anthropologist Gonçalo Mota to launch a project that proposed to work on the intersection of physical theater with interactive technologies, sound art and experimental video, based on the work of the director, choreographer, dancer and writer Maya Deren, author of the essay Religious Possession in Dancing, dedicated to the study of Haitian Voodoo .
2018 | Good Colonizers, Pedro Vilela (BR)
The starting point for the project came from reading a newspaper article that systematizes various approaches to colonialism, from both sides, Portugal and Brazil. The challenge would be: how to turn all these questions into an artistic work? How can we resume history in order to understand the present?
Leaning over historical documents, the Brazilian artist dedicated himself to looking for material that would provide narratives about the process of colonization of indigenous peoples, raising questions about how to subvert stigmatized representations and at the same time engage in a dialogue with the current self-representations of these more and more visible and plural. In the final part of the project, the artist Andrezza Alves also collaborated as performer.
2019 | Ecstasy Machine, Maikon K (BR)
Rites, images, objects and substances that are linked to the idea of reaching ecstasy and the possibility of transforming them into performance material. Throughout his residency, Maikon K looked for ways to generate / access ecstatic flows in the body, through breathing, movement, vocalization, staging and relationship with materials, starting from some questions: What is ecstasy? How to build a body-organism to perform ecstasy?
Ecstasy researched as a primitive form (which has its origin in shamanic dances and initiation rites) until its location in contemporary social practices (digital technologies, universe of raves, drugs, sex and fashion market, dangerous sports, physical activities, religions, pop music, mass movements, etc.). From the social body to the anarchic body. From organization to chaos that creates new forms.
Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol (MX)
During the residency period, the Mexican collective Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol will start the investigation around its new staging project: Campeche.
Campeche is part of a project that involves several scenarios and has been developed by Lagartijas Tiradas ao Sol for five years called Democracy in Mexico (1965-2015). So far, the group has carried out six projects of the cycle, in different formats: three stagings, one performance lecture, one live sound film, one video and one book: Tijuana, Veracruz, Santiago Amoukalli, Yanhuitlan, State of Mexico, Distrito Federal and Tiburon (to be prèmiered).
This project appears 50 years after the publication of the book Democracy in Mexico, by Pablo González Casanova. The idea is to think of democracy in the light of the analysis made half a century ago. Through 32 projects, one for each state of the Mexican Republic, we seek to reflect on the ideas that support the democratic ideal and the experiences produced by its implementation.
Campeche was the set for important events related to piracy, mainly in the 16th and 17th centuries. The interest of Lagartijas is to intertwine that past with the present, in a project about piracy in its two senses: as the assault to ships at sea and as the sale of unauthorized copies.
The hacker story has continued to influence the way we conceptualize dissent, from hackers to Hakim Bey’s anarchist utopias, there is a long way to think about how outlaw activities are ways of resisting hegemonic powers. Faced with the economic crisis that has befallen the world, Lagartijas believes in the relevance of thinking about the economic arrangement of Mexican democracy from its margins.
Think about the ideal and the realities it produces, based on the fact that in Mexico we do not live in one, but in multiple experiences of democracy. More than an explanation of democracy, it is an implication of democracy.
Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol calls itself a “gang” of artists. They work on stage, make books, radio, video and educational processes. From 2003 onwards, they started to develop projects as a mechanism of articulation between work and life, to erase or draw borders. The work seeks to create narratives about events in reality. It has nothing to do with entertainment, it is a space for thinking, articulating, displacing and unraveling what everyday life merges, discovers and presents us with. Things are what they are, but they can also be otherwise. They present their work in almost all the states of the Mexican Republic, making seasons and presentations in independent forums, festivals, state theaters and universities. Abroad, among many others, they worked at Kunstenfestivaldesarts (Brussels), Schaubuhne (Berlin), FIBA (Buenos Aires), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), Festival Automne (Paris), Theater Spektakel (Zurich), FTA (Montreal), HAU (Berlin), Kammerspiele (Munich), Santiago mil (Santiago), Theater Biennial (São Paulo), DeSingel (Antwerp), International Festival (Caracas), FAEL (Lima), Belluard International (Freiburg) Contemporary Scene (Brasília) , TBA (Portland), FIAC (Salvador da Bahia), Autumn Festival (Madrid), RADAR L.A. (Los Angeles), Temporada Alta (Girona), Dialog (Wroclaw), Cultural Center Spain (Guatemala), Bad (Bilbao), Inteatro (Ancona), TNT (Terrasa), Mess (Sarajevo), Fusebox (Austin) and Norderzon (Groningen).
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