Commented Concerts / Friday, 30 September, 7:30pm
Invisible Gestures — NkisiNkisi explores gestuality as a form of spatial writing whose power expands into the dimension of the invisible through the dynamic and responsive properties of sound in the context of improvisation. From these speech-generating movements, Nkisi investigates the complex articulations between the nature of memory, abstract thought and the infinite reality of fractal worlds. Integrated within the scope of The Secret Institute project, the sound performance Invisible Gestures invokes the ancestral forces of nature and the cosmos, through the continuous study of hand movements, combined with improvisation in ritual performance, amplified by sounds, invocations and rhythms.Nkisi (Melika Ngombe Kolongo) is an electronic musician, producer, and artist whose performances overlay African rhythms, hard European dance tropes, and synthesizer melodies to reorder the hierarchy of the senses and discover how body and memory are affected by sounds and rhythms.Location: Acoustic Shell, Palácio de Cristal’s gardens
Image credits: Alan Sahin
Age rating: over 6 years old.
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Workshop Terrários de Cristal, with Samuel WenceslauArtist Samuel Wenceslau has been making incursions into the gardens of Palácio de Cristal in order to build an architectural and poetic interpretation of the place, but also to collect plants that can germinate inside a wardiana box, an 19th-century terrarium that recreates a particular ecosystem.In the workshop, micro-landscapes were built, enclosed by an iron and glass structure, where participants added images that revisit the First Portuguese Colonial Exhibition. Here, they reflected on ideas of possession and the exposing of bodies, but also on domestic objects as a metaphor for personal relics and collections. Ultimately, we sought to discuss themes such as the colonial domination of bodies and standardized logics of beauty and nature through these Crystal Terrariums.
Artist Samuel Wenceslau has a deep interest in nature, in particular Brazilian botany, exploring organic forms and lines in collages, drawings, photographs, paintings, objects and other graphic creations. As he is also artistic director and producer of the Kebraku Collective, Wenceslau created the Graphic Studiolo, a graphic inventory of natural forms from the flora of South America and, more recently, Europe. "My plates look botanical, but the classifications I used are all imagined," he says. Apart from the technical side, he distinguishes himself from traditional botany by his refusal of perfection. He doesn't look for leaves or flowers that are intact, but those that show the "interference of time and nature".Aimed at the school public.Each workshop is intended for a single class.
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Walk with Pablo BerásteguiAiming to show the northern side of Bonfim to the pings!, the Exodus route showed a neighbourhood that has become a place of residence and work for a growing number of artists. This urban flow, which crosses streets such as Alegria, Anselmo de Braamcamp or Santos Pousada, is accompanied by the opening of new independent cultural projects and spaces. The visit showed a group of creators and their projects, which materialise in different scales and structures, complementing and contributing to the neighbourhood.
Cultural producer, Pablo Berástegui is director of the documentary photography project Salut au monde!, based in Porto. He was director of the International Photography and Visual Arts Festival PhotoEspaña. He was also General Director of San Sebastián 2016 European Capital of Culture, Director of La noche en blanco de Madrid and responsible for the cultural spaces Matadero Madrid and Centro Conde Duque (2013). He currently teaches in cultural management and curatorial courses in different faculties in Spain.Aimed at the school public.Each workshop is intended for a single class.
Visitas-PavãoTo participate in the Visitas-Pavão, all interested groups can register through the email firstname.lastname@example.org.Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pmDuration: 90 min.