Joclécio Azevedo & Inês Moreira

ARK PORTO A school at the edge of nowhere

Joclécio Azevedo & Inês Moreira

© José Caldeira

The Library of Gesture and the Word

July

1 — 10Various timesThu — Sat

Biblioteca Popular de Pedro Ivo

Exhibition ⁄ Workshops
In the scope of Moving Borders
Price Free
Registrations paralelo.tmp@agoraporto.pt (conference and workshops: capacity limited to 18 participants)
Age rating >6
The city is a continuous work in progress whose processes keep on creating new spaces, thus also producing borders, barriers and other types of invisibility. How can we keep track of the ongoing transformation processes? What do they conceal, and what must we reveal about them? Who recognises and is capable of exposing the several invisible borders? Can we conceive new ways of thinking, being and building together?
ARK PORTO Escola dos Confins e de Nenhures [ARK PORTO A School at the Edge of Nowhere] is a school located in the middle of a square, at the intersection of different Porto parishes, communities and routes. From that spot it looks at the invisible borders within the city. What can this school be? Are there specific places to pass on knowledge? Which teachers, students and participants does it invite and summon to teach? We asked several collectives, associations and groups of artists and thinkers to join this process of building a school that will provide a platform to analyse and reflect upon Porto’s sociocultural environment. We set off to create new cartographies that can be activated both on printed paper and in walks, lectures and discussions about the realities that come out.


Capacity (per workshop) limited to 18 participants 
All activities are free, upon further registration and indication of the intended workshops to paralelo.tmp@agoraporto.pt.


PROGRAMME

1 – 9 July / 10.30h – 12.30h (except day 4)
Exhibition ARK PORTO Escola dos Confins e de Nenhures  
Free entrance

1 July / 17.00h – 18.30h 
Conference Cartografia 
with Jorge Ricardo Pinto
Teacher and researcher in the fields of history, heritage, geography and tourism, who questions the concept of cartography, its historical evolution and the role of maps in society.

2 July / 14.30h – 17.30h 
Workshop in the scope of Interrupções na Freguesia de Campanhã map
with Visões Úteis
Artistic project, with its origin in theatre, residing in Campanhã, which part of its relation and work in Campanhã to reveal the physical interruptions that can only be found in the confrontation with the territory, relating the concept of “invisible border” in the city with living along the national border.

3 July / 14.30h – 18.30h 
Workshop in the scope of Mapa de Despojos 
with Pedra no Rim collective
Artists’ collective from Bonfim’s parish, which questions the notions of beauty, grotesque, death and fragility of the human condition through the craftwork of ceramic objects, inviting us to discover, by handling and roam, violence, cruelty, abbandonment and death in the city. 

5 July / 14.30h – 18.30h 
Workshop in the scope of Questionamentos Brasileiros map
with CRL – Central Elétrica
Transdisciplinary creation center with the artistic direction of André Braga and Cláudia Figueiredo, which will share with us the creative process of Travessia, a project by Pedro Vilela that focuses on the Brazilian immigrant community living in the city: there is a Brazil that wants to ask questions to Portugal.

The performance Travessia will be presented from 8 until 11 of July on the programme of Cultura em Expansão.
More info on the performance in www.culturaemexpansao.pt/sessao/travessia/.

6 July / 14.30h – 18.30h 
Workshop in the scope of Mapa  Sahari-Rozeh-Iftar: Comunidade Islâmica do Porto
with Rebecca e Yasmine Moradalizadeh
Luso-iranian sisters and plastic artists propose to understand and expose these Islamic presences from their focal points of coexistence and social interactivity in the urban panorama of Porto and, in a sensory and gastronomical way, appeal to some of the Muslim customs, promoting greater extra-community interaction in order to break and demystify certain preconceptions...

7 July / 14.30h – 18.30h 
Workshop in the scope of Mapeando Caminhos Descoloniais 
with InterStruct Collective
Platform founded in 2018 with the purpose of enabling people from different cultural origins collaborate, propose interventions and stage artistic projects, revisits the First Portuguese Colonial Exhibition (1934) and its legacy in a workshop based on horizontal and collaborative methods.

8 July / 14.30h – 16.30h 
Workshop in the scope of Esferas Relacionais em Lugares Públicos map
with Curbes: grupo experimental de trabalho da ESAP
Constituted by six students from the first edition of the Post-Graduate in Curatorship, Urban Culture and Spatial Practices from ESAP, proposes a reflection on the encouters of the individual spheres, in between those who use the public space, approaching the idea of invisible border associated with the behavioral geography, personal sphere and socialization processes during and after confinement. 

9 July / 14.30h – 18.30h 
Workshop in the scope of RÁDIO-MAPA COMUNA: O caçador de ondas 
with Rodrigo Paglieri
Teacher and artist-researcher from Santiago de Chile and living in Porto since September 2019, who proposes a walk through Porto to capture the sounds of the city, opening up the possibility of streaming them via a community’s FM radio antenna.

10 July / 10.30h – 18.30h 
Workshop in the scope of ToxiCidade: Hiperplanos cartográficos do ar e do corpo map
with Inês Tartaruga Água
Multidisciplinary artist, focused on issues of deep ecology and biopolitics, sound explorer and adept of DIY philosophy and of collaborative and participatory practices in public space, leads us in the individual crafting of a sonic reader of pollution.


The MOVING BORDERS project is a collaboration between seven European cultural venues and festivals—Teatro Municipal do Porto, Hellerau European Centre of the Arts (Dresden, Germany), Le Maillon (Strasbourg, France), Ringlokschuppen (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany), Spring Performing Arts Festival (Utrecht, the Netherlands), Performing Arts Institute (Warsaw, Poland) and Onassis Cultural Centre (Athens, Greece). It is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Over a period of two years, seven distinct versions of one artistic concept—“ARK”, by the British artists collective Quarantine—will be produced in Athens, Dresden, Mülheim an der Ruhr, Porto, Strasbourg, Utrecht and Warsaw in collaboration with local artists, creators and citizens, and adapted to each city’s unique local demographic, historic, cultural and social realities.
As a cooperative venture, Moving Borders aims at contributing to an analysis of the notion of “border” and its manifestations in contemporary European societies, paying particular attention to the several borders incessantly resurfacing in social, cultural and economic contexts.

The Library of Gesture and the Word

July

1 — 10Various timesThu — Sat

Biblioteca Popular de Pedro Ivo

Exhibition ⁄ Workshops
In the scope of Moving Borders
Price Free
Registrations paralelo.tmp@agoraporto.pt (conference and workshops: capacity limited to 18 participants)
Age rating >6
Original concept and artistic direction (ARK) Quarantine
Local project co-curatorship (ARK PORTO Escola dos Confins e de Nenhures) Joclécio Azevedo, Inês Moreira
Produced by Teatro Municipal do Porto in partnership with Cultura em Expansão
The Moving Borders project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.