The Presence of Memory – archives and voices
a theoretical-practical research laboratory by creating
02 to 18 March [Tuesdays and Thursdays] – 6 working sessions via zoom
8 pm – 10 pm [Portugal time]
Price: 20 euros [if you belong to a country with other currency and you are selected, we will inform you of the payment process]
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.
* Availability for homework and research is required.
Joana Craveiro [PT]
Joana Craveiro is a playwright, actress, stage director and anthropologist. She holds a PhD from Roehampton University in London. She founded Teatro do Vestido in 2001 and has directed it ever since. In his work he uses the methodologies of oral history and anthropology to investigate and create plays, performances and various texts. Deepened its collaborative processes with Goat Island and Every House has a Door, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. And with Alexander Kelly, of the Third Angel, he acquired precious devising tools and consolidated his autobiographical work. The relationship between historical events and their representations in the present, as well as the collection of memories and stories of lives, and the poetic and affective cartographies of cities are some of the issues from which he has worked and investigated. He learned about oral history from masters like Alessandro Portelli, Martha Norkunas, Paula Godinho, Miguel Cardina and Jack Tchen. She is an associate researcher at IHC / Nova, a member of the Oral History Society (OHS) and an adjunct professor at ESAD.CR.