• Commented Concerts / Friday, 30 September, 7:30pm

    Invisible Gestures — Nkisi

    Nkisi 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

    Performers: 
    Nala Revlon
    Ngbangba Ngombe Fungu
    Rui Braga

    Image credits: Alan Sahin

    Age rating: over 6 years old.
  • ping! / schools

    Workshop Terrários de Cristal, with Samuel Wenceslau

    Artist 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.
  • ping! / schools

    Walk with Pablo Berástegui

    Aiming 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.
  • Saturday, October 8, from 10am to 1pm

    Deep into the landscape — Workshop by Landra

    What separates a concrete patio from an abundant agroforestry? To enter the land you need, first of all, to know that one can become the other. Sara Rodrigues and Rodrigo B. Camacho's proposal is to raise slabs and chop the tar, sift gravel, add organic matter, prepare solid and liquid compounds, return the missing micro-organisms and sow tomorrow. 
     
    In this, it is necessary to think about how what we eat today imposes itself on the landscape to come. So let's taste a prosperous future with recipes based on acorns and other foods from Landra, an agro-forest emerging from an oak grove. 
     
    Meanwhile, life takes its own course as the relentless ecological succession towards the millenary forest advances. Cycles of increasing abundance accumulate and there goes the landscape, being what it can, transformed by our actions, but mainly informed by what is unseen and lives right under our feet. 
     
    "A Fundo na Paisagem" has the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, an artistic residence at the Coliseu do Porto and a show at the new Mercado do Bolhão from September 19. 

     
    Location: CCOP patio (Círculo Católico de Operários do Porto, Rua Duque de Loulé, 202)

    To participate in the workshop, prior registration is required.
     
    The selection of participants will be made in order of registration, by e-mail galeriamunicipal@agoraporto.pt.

    Landra is the name given to the land and the practice of Sara Rodrigues and Rodrigo B. Camacho, paying tribute to acorns, called Landras in the Iberian Northwest. The duo sees in them a culture of autonomy, sovereignty and self-sufficiency that they seek to recover, aligning themselves with a practice of living and doing in tune with natural rhythms and cycles. 
  • October 13, from 7 to 9pm

    Public Session: Companion, Kinship, Alongside, by Hana Lee Erdman

    What is a relation? Are they symmetrical or necessarily unbalanced? Can relations be fruitful even though communication seems impossible? Or can we learn from others - animals, things, spirits - through other means - intimacy, touch, entanglement, time or letting go.

    The American dancer and choreographer Hana Erdman has through her artistic practices journeyed into interspecies relations, forms of companionship and kinship and will in this presentation guide us into worlds that are hiding in plain sight, that can’t be seen but sensed, experienced but not named. 

    Public sessions with free entrance, subject to room capacity. More information at plaka.porto.pt.

    The first course of this year's Colectivos Pláka programme – The climate, the worry, the dance – oriented by Mårten Spångberg, will feature contributions from choreographers and dancers Anne Juren and Hana Lee Erdman and is part of a series of free public sessions at the Galeria Municipal do Porto:

    –September 29, 7pm-9pm
    'Fantasmic Anatomies', by Anne Juren.
    –October 13, 7-9pm
    'Companion, Kinship, Alongside', by Hana Lee Erdman.
    –October 15, 5-9pm
    'The climate, the worry, the dance', by Mårten Spångberg with Hana Lee Erdman.
  • October 15, from 5 to 9pm

    Public Session: The Climate, The Worry, The Dance, by Mårten Spångberg with Hana Lee Erdman

    Between people and matter, breath and wind, feelings and remembrance, The Climate, The Worry, The Dance, guided by choreographer Mårten Spångberg, reimagines the human in a more- and no-more-than-human world. It’s a group that falls apart and a gathering holding it together, dancing under images, living up to energies shared for no particular reason. The implicated are caught together in entangled forms of life, building on bodily intersections between fungal horizons, kinship, interspecies communication, a failed collective, and an empty building devoted to education. In connecting multiple layers of being mystical, fantasmical, ordinary, caring, wealthy and indifferent, existences emerge becoming ever more enmeshed in questions concerning what it is to be human.
     
    After spending eight days together, the group surrender their forms of belonging, letting their landscapes resonate with worlding, unworlding and disconnecting in order to imagine, without procedures, answers to which there are no relevant questions. This situation, occasion, dance show, or perhaps collective mourning lasts for approximately three and a half hours and is the result of a collective working process concerned with relations between climate anxiety, dance, the so-called affect, and the possibility to imagine different forms of ecological mentalities.
    Public sessions with free entrance, subject to room capacity. More information at plaka.porto.pt.

    The first course of this year's Colectivos Pláka programme – The climate, the worry, the dance – oriented by Mårten Spångberg, will feature contributions from choreographers and dancers Anne Juren and Hana Lee Erdman and is part of a series of free public sessions at the Galeria Municipal do Porto:

    –September 29, 7pm-9pm
    'Fantasmic Anatomies', by Anne Juren.
    –October 13, 7-9pm
    'Companion, Kinship, Alongside', by Hana Lee Erdman.
    –October 15, 5-9pm
    'The climate, the worry, the dance', by Mårten Spångberg with Hana Lee Erdman.
  • Visitas-Pavão

    Visitas-Pavão

     To participate in the Visitas-Pavão, all interested groups can register through the email galeriamunicipal@agoraporto.pt.
    Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm and from 2 pm to 6 pm
     
    Duration: 90 min.

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