crl – power station
Installed in the old Freixo thermoelectric plant, CRL – Central Elétrica is a centre of residences and artistic creation that seeks to reframe a part of this deactivated industrial pole, pulsating and generating other forms of energy.
CRL – Central Elétrica marks a new beginning of an artistic project with a long path of activity. Merging into a single acronym CiRcoLando and CentRaL, CRL pursues two core lines of action – own creations x residences and programming – in an articulated manner, believing that the integrated development of both areas generates unique ways of thinking and doing both.
With artistic direction by André Braga and Cláudia Figueiredo, CRL – Central Elétrica adopts the transdisciplinary line of this duo of artists and takes to a new place its option for an open structure and connected with the projects of many more artists.
How to make a project always emergent has been an inspiring principle. The ruptures and relaunching of new cycles have marked our path. CRL – Power Station constitutes one of these new beginnings, reflecting a great impulse given to CentRaL without the nucleus of creation and diffusion losing its radiance and centrality, rather instigating that the various areas are increasingly interpenetrating and contagious.
At the core of CRL – Central Power’s thinking is the idea of a permanent laboratory, a place to investigate, experiment, create and share. A place for risk, for developing ideas and testing possibilities. A place of intersection of generations and geographies, of artists at different stages of their journey: more or less emergent, more or less consolidated.
The performing arts, body and movement arts have a prominent place in Central, with the areas of thought, music, and cinema being another of the regular presences. Disciplinary intersections are one of the hallmarks of the project, arguing that openness to the other and the sharing of its practices is one of the strongest means of structuring singular languages.
At CRL – Central Elétrica we want to contribute to making artistic practice and research in more shared labours and the public artistic partners increasingly close and participatory. Processes are not a detail of artistic objects. We have to take care of them, think about them, feed them, debate them, and reinvent them.
The lines of action we develop are:
. Creation and dissemination of André Braga and Cláudia Figueiredo’s projects;
. Creation and dissemination of Associated Projects;
. Residency Programs and Open Calls;
. Programmatic cycles, meetings and process openings;
. Courses, workshops and masterclasses;
. Festival Volts
CRL – Central Elétrica collaborates regularly with important cultural structures in Portugal and has a history of internationalization that includes more than 20 countries: Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Holland, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Poland, Finland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Morocco, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Panama, Brazil, South Korea and China.
General management: André Braga, Cláudia Figueiredo and Ana Carvalhosa
Artistic direction: André Braga and Cláudia Figueiredo
Production direction: Ana Carvalhosa
Central Electric Curatorship: Pedro Vilela
Executive production and spaces: Cláudia Santos
Technical coordination and spaces: Pedro Coutinho
Video and technical support: Vitor Costa
Accounting: Miguel Pimpão
Computer support: Paulo Jorge