When the leaf insect walks it rocks back and forth to mimic a real leaf being blown by the wind. Some species are so perfect that they even seem to have been partially eaten by insects or stained by fungi, others look more like tree bark.
The color change of a chameleon’s skin is a physiological reaction used mainly for communication purposes. It is the lizard expressing itself in a colorful language, communicating what affects him: courting, competing, suffering the impact of environmental stress. The possibility of camouflaging himself in the territory in which he lives, like the leaf insect, assumes a fundamental role in his life trajectory, confusing their predators.
The body is “a materially sensitive certainty, in the face of a universe that is difficult to understand”, says geographer Milton Santos. More than that: the body happens and produces events.
A body is always the result of cultural constructs, territory of meanings, locus of experimentation. A body is both an index, an icon and a symbol. A body, at the same time, signifies and is signified, interprets and is interpreted, represents and is represented.
The Residency Program Power Station 2020 – PHASE 1 aims to support the creation in the performing arts area, to stimulate research and investigation, by hosting a residency for artists who aim to reflect on the notion that governs the activities of space we inhabit in the celebration of our 20th anniversary: THE BODY IS A FILE, THE FILE IS A BODY.
In this call, we focus on the body-territory relationship, demarcated by a view on which the biological is based and, mainly, where territorial crossings find their relevance and build the fluid mosaic of artistic experiments. Symbolic ballast that transports the field of the imaginary, as well as the relevance of the body as the source of all spatial experiences of individuals.
We are then calling for work partnerships with poetic and artistic freedom to revisit their archives of territories camouflaged in their bodies, offering rehearsal studio, financial support and artistic consultancy, in a residency to be held from September 9th to October 1st 2020, with informal public presentation on September 30th. For non-residents in Porto, the company also offers accommodation.
SELECTED PROJECT: MA-MA, by Yael Karavan (UK) and Rita Vilhena (PT).