Alexander Fleming, looking for substances that kill bacteria in wounds, realized that, after a few weeks of vacation, one of his cultures had been contaminated by a fungus and solved his problem, discovering penicillin. Albert Hofmann, while studying derivatives of ergoline, a natural substance of some fungi, was forced to interrupt his research due to the mind-boggling symptoms he was experiencing, and that’s how LSD appeared. Recently, a pharmaceutical company was unsuccessfully testing a drug against the disease that narrows the veins that carry blood to the heart, when it realized that blood flow was being stimulated in another organ of the body, creating viagra.
There is a point in common in these narratives: the presence of chance as a guiding thread, resulting from the time dedicated to experimentation, research and the generation of new formulations, sometimes to questions not even formulated.
Between 16 December 2020 and 10 January 2021, applications for the Residency Program – Circolando / Power Station 2021 – PHASE 1 are open. We will select 02 (two) projects to be developed at the Power Station, from 8 to 26 February 2021 and from 15 to 31 March 2021, with informal public presentations at the end of each residency process.
The program intends to support creation in the area of performing arts, to stimulate research and investigation, calling for work partnerships with poetic and artistic freedom, who are interested in investing time on new issues, with special attention to identity and diversity issues.
Each residence will be granted rehearsal space, artistic consultancy and financial support in the amount of 1,250 euros. For projects of non-residents in the city of Porto, we also provide accommodation.
This residency program is financed by República Portuguesa/Direção Geral das Artes and the Porto City Council – Criatório.