Metabolic Rifts

Critical thinking assembly

Curated and organised by: PROSPECTIONS for Art, Education and Knowledge Production

Sat 17 Feb / 2:30pm

Small Auditorium • Rivoli

Free Entry • 12+yrs 
For its second assembly MR invites an in-depth investigation of morphologies of knowledge in relation to the legacies of colonial and capitalist systems of governance as well as current conditions of political and corporate boundary-making practices that circumscribe contemporary curatorial practice.

Modern and contemporary standings inscribe the individual in a fractured present of financial managementand climate disarray on the global scale—from its “Enlightenment” roots to future paths to extinction. What caesuras and obvious contradictions are involved in these narrative boundaries? In collaboration with Teatro Municipal do Porto, Metabolic Rifts invites its participants to decompress basic asymmetries in building borders and infrastructures on the global level, while also exploring emancipating alternatives that stem from non-Western epistemologies and cosmogonies.


Boaventura de Sousa Santos
Epistemologies of the South: Decolonizing Art and Knowledge

Maria Iñigo Clavo
Our Methodology is our Agency: Notes on decolonizing knowledge from the curatorial

Vivian Ziherl
760 Years of Natural - Between a Lion and the Deep Blue Sea

Fabrizio Terranova.
Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival
(2016, colour, sound, 81min)

Prospections for Art, Education and Knowledge Production is a peripatetic assembly for visual and performing arts research put into motion by Alexandra Balona and Sofia Lemos. Through a programme of discursive gatherings, exhibitions, performances and publications, Prospections proposes to unearth methodological orthodoxies, in order to foster research as an engaged, open-ended and dialogic encounter, combining theory and practice in an interdisciplinary collaboration so as to examine narratives about and disputes over the origins and fictions of the self. Metabolic Rifts has the “nursing”support of the Porto City Council, and partnerships with Teatro Municipal do Porto, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, the rectory of the University of Porto, Lisbon Consortium and CECC – Research Centre for Communication and Culture of the Catholic University of Portugal, Goethe-Institut Portugal and Luso-American Development Foundation. 

Boaventura de Sousa Santos is Professor of Sociology and director of the Center for Social Studies at the University of Coimbra and Distinguished Legal Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Donna Haraway is Distinguished American Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness Department and Feminist Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a science-fiction enthusiast.

Fabrizio Terranova is a filmmaker, activist, dramaturge and teacher at École de recherche graphique in Brussels, where he launched and co-runs the Master programme in Narration and Experimentation/Speculative Narration.

Maria Iñigo Clavo is a researcher, curator and Professor at Open University of Catalonia, where she co-founded the independent research group “Peninsula, Colonial processes and artistic and curatorial practices” in collaboration with Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid.

Vivian Ziherl is a curator, critic, and PhD Candidate at Monash University. In 2015 she established the art and research foundation Frontier Imaginaries.
Metabolic Rifts - © Fabrizio Terranova, 2016

© Fabrizio Terranova, 2016