A dance about the symbiosis between nature and what is human. Starting from a figure composed by a faceless body and a trunk of eucalyptus, DENDRO materializes in a sensorial and imagetic metamorphosis that makes possible the reflection on the growing environmental disregard, the dehumanization and the inseparable ecological crisis.
This solo incorporates the magic, harmony, and innocence portrayed in Sophia's children's tales (The Fairy Oriana; The Bronze Boy; The Forest), and inspired by the natural surroundings. How does this natural body accommodate, and face the metropolitan and grey challenges?
Under current climatic conditions, natural systems, resenting global warming - from intense heat and, consequently, unprecedented droughts, global meteorological symptoms out of sync with the expectations of the time of year - go into decline, and the most vulnerable humans suffer in multiple ways, including an alteration of brain functions, which provoke unpredictable and somewhat aggressive actions, similar to those that occur in psychotic episodes, which will soon generalise to the entire population. In this scenario, the cactus - native of desert geographies - is seen as an example of what survives and adapts to contexts made hostile, under high temperatures and water scarcity, without apparent change. However, apart from serving as a metaphor of survival, the usefulness of the psychotropic properties found in certain cacti - since they began to be recognised by western medicine for their benefits precisely in curing so-called mental illnesses, leading them to also stand out as curative plants - have popularised them, making their consumption commonplace, now divorced from ancestral indigenous traditions. On the other hand, these cacti are now subject to prohibitionist laws - perhaps less out of concern that extractivism will lead to the extinction of the species (already underway), than with the aim of exercising tight social control. In this complex equation between heat, changes in human behaviour and cactuses, climate circumstances also involve technologies - in the complexity of their existence which is already indistinguishable from ours -, pondering whether they will experience similar effects and questioning their framework in the current panorama: will they be a threat or an opportunity to establish alliances? Refinaria is a dense network of micronarratives, and was built from a perceptive model that takes all existences as coexisting, comprised in an infinity of relations, which relies on the auditory stimulus to verbally evoke hypothetical thoughts, only in appearance disconnected from each other, and musically to cool the functioning of the brain under high temperatures.
Marginálias e rodapés — um glossário - Susana Gaudêncio
The sound essay will explore the concepts of marginalia and footnote in an expanded sense. The general term designating the notes, writings and personal or editorial comments made in the margin of a book will be used as an epistemological, artistic and operative tool to reflect on the object "Botanical Garden". It is intended to talk about botany, history, art, margin, marginal images and subjects, limits, tangencies...
(route between the coniferous forest and the water prey of the Botanical Garden of Porto University) Botanical gardens are artificial paradises, carefully planned and conserved. If you visit these spaces exhibit nature in an artificial state, then it will be possible for us to plant, in an exercise exercise in pure artificiality, things that are not part of their tropical desert or Mediterranean botanicals. Right? Um... Right. And maybe it's possible to imagine bodies moving through these artificial paradises to the rhythm of chronic pain. Um... maybe. MUSCARIA is a wild hunt for Amanita Muscaria, a species of mushroom that grows in boreal regions and that does not exist in the Botanical Garden of Oporto (at least at this at least at this time of the year). It is probably the most mushroomy mushroom there is. It is the mushroom of Super Mario and Alice in Wonderland. It's perfect, it's hallucinogenic, it repels flies and it takes away the pain.
What makes us belong to a place? A distant cousin brings news about the family's wandering past. Meanwhile, after ten years in a country, you are sent back to your own land. From what moment does one stop being a stranger? What makes us stay? What makes us leave? Looking at a leafy tree and thinking: the largest part of this being is hidden underground.
Euphorbia – ou o fogo como tecnologia cósmica - Melissa Rodrigues
It is necessary to burn fertilize and start again. Euphorbia - or fire as a cosmic technology is a speculative poem-essay about memory, futures, death, fragments of my childhood on Santiago Island in Cape Verde, volcanoes and fire as renewal, transformation. It is urgent to burn to root resist to spread.
Technical record: Writing Poem-Essay and Voice - Melissa Rodrigues Recording and sound editing - Tristany Sound recording support - Mavá
Acknowledgements: Hangar - Centro de Experimentação Artística, Denise Santos, Tristany, Mavá, Lubanzadyo, João Bruno
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