Thursday, May 18, at 5 pm
Walk with Ellen Lima: Oby - Gentes verdesThe Galeria Municipal do Porto is located in the gardens of Palácio de Cristal and has dedicated its programming to contemporary art, but also to an artistic practice and thought related to Botany.On International Museum Day-which coincides with the International Fascination of Plants Day-we invite all to visit the gardens of the Palace through the eyes and voice of poet and indigenous activist Ellen Lima. The walk will encourage reflection on ancestral and contemporary temporality, but also to think about non-Western perspectives of understanding and relating to Nature.Participation requires registration, free of charge, by email email@example.com.
Image: Ellen Lima
Commented Concerts / Saturday, May 28, 7pm
Sun Oddly Quiet — João Pais FilipeMusician and sculptor João Pais Filipe introduces his process of creation and exploration of sound through a session with percussion instruments, many of them designed and built by himself. While exploring the relationship between materials, gestures and sounds, João Pais Filipe reveals how his travels across Africa, Asia and South America informed his heterogeneous, complementary cadences and sound mantras.João Pais Filipe is a percussionist and sound sculptor from Porto. He develops his artistic activity in Porto, where he constructs percussive metal instruments, such as gongs or cymbals, exploring their sculptural and acoustic properties.Location: Sala A, Arda Recorders
Rua de Pinto Bessa, 122. Armazém 12, 4300-427 Porto
To participate the free ticket must be collected (maximum 2 per person) up to 15 minutes before the event starts.Reservations can be made in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Age rating: over 6 years old.
Commented Concerts / Sunday, 19 June, 9pm
Black Med, Chapter IV & VI — InvernomutoInspired by Paul Gilroy's “Black Atlantic” theory, which sees the Atlantic Ocean as the reflection of a political and cultural system based on the socioeconomics of slavery, historian Alessandra Di Maio defined the “Black Mediterranean” as a territory of subordination, racial oppression and geopolitical dispute. Based on these theories, Invernomuto created Black Med, a project of DJ set sessions in which texts and references dialogue with sound pieces, grouped into themes such as migration, periphery, interspecies or alternatives to technology. Black Med, Chapter IV features a diversion through the Persian Gulf and Black Med, Chapter VI is based on David Abulafia’s essay “Mediterraneans”.Concert organised in collaboration with Sismógrafo.The work of Invernomuto (Simone Bertuzzi and Simone Trabucchi) spans from moving images and sound to sculpture, performance and publishing. With Black Med, they intercept the sonic trajectories that cross the Mediterranean, tracing their movement and accommodating their narratives.Location: Acoustic Shell, Gardens of Palácio de Cristal
Concert organised in collaboration with Sismógrafo.
Image: Jim C. Nedd, 2018
Age rating: over 6 years old.
Imaginaries / Wednesday, June 22, 7pm
Saidiya Hartman — History RetoldScholar Saidiya Hartman has been telling the untold stories of Black lives. Facing the void left by centuries of historiography that ignored and obliterated the voices, minds and bodies of Black people, Hartman developed a method of “critical fabulation”, in which she combines historical and archival research with critical theory and fictional narrative. With her work, she has attested the strength of imagination to challenge and upturn the dominance of white academic voices and viewpoints. This will be a unique opportunity to hear her influential thoughts on our past-present.Saidiya Hartman is a writer and academic focusing on African American studies. She is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, New York.Location: BMAG AuditoriumTo participate the free ticket must be collected (maximum 2 per person) up to 15 minutes before the event starts.Reservations can be made in advance by emailing email@example.com.
ping! / schools / May 4, 5 e 6
Workshop #GIFmeback, with Catarina Simão and Marílio WaneMaps, charts, crosses and patterns; African masks, sculptures, drums, timbrels and mbiras; Sisal, cotton, animal skins and horns; Seeds and plant species; Brought from Angola, Guinea and Mozambique; And also peacocks in the gardens, huts on the lake island, people exhibited in a zoo-human...dehumanization, change, justice and reparation. The workshop GIFmeback# proposes a game of conversations and creation of digital images, which has its roots at the Escola Secundária Infante D.Henrique, and will extend to the gardens of the Crystal Palace and the archive of an event that took place there in 1934, the First Portuguese Colonial Exhibition. In between, some stories and research from other places and other cities, such as Maputo or Lamego will eventually meet and cross paths, here and now.
Working between Portugal and Mozambique and researching national and private archives that preserve Mozambique's colonial, anti-colonial past, artist Catarina Simão questions the tutelage and dissemination of historical and political memory. Based on prolonged investigations, which often involve collective partnerships and diverse forms of presentation to the public. Strongly influenced by narratives of history and the notion of the archive, Simão has been particularly dedicated to the contemporary history of Mozambique. It is in this context that she developed projects such as the Mozambique Institute Project (Reina Sofia Museum, 2014) or the documentary Djambo (DOCTV-CPLP 2016, w/ Chico Carneiro). Working in the areas of cinema, music, theatre and visual arts programming, Simão has collaborated with the Fundação de Serralves, Porto; Manifesta 8, Murcia; Africa.cont; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut; New Museum, New York; Garage Museum, Moscow; and Galerias Municipais de Lisboa, among others.
Marílio Wane, born in Beira City, Mozambique, holds a degree in Social Sciences from the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and a Master's degree in Ethnic and African Studies from the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil). Since 2007, he has been working as a researcher in Ethnomusicology at ARPAC-Institute of Socio-Cultural Research, a body subordinated to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Mozambique. In parallel to the broad field research experience, during this period, he has developed several activities under the 2003 UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Mozambique and in countries like Angola, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Algeria.He is currently doing his PhD course in Music Sciences at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal). Following his thematic areas of interest, he started to act, as of 2018, as representative of ICTM - International Council for Traditional Music - in Mozambique.Aimed at the school public.
Each workshop is intended for a single class.
Grazes and Grazes / Saturday, 9 July, 10am–1pm
Unsubmissive Plants — A RecoletoraA Recolectora proposes a participatory action of research, cataloguing and mapping of edible wild plants – commonly known as “weeds” – with the rescue of ancestral and contemporary knowledge. Using a didactic and exploratory logic, they rediscover the city through recollection and wandering through territories of urban wasteland.A Recoletora (Maria Ruivo and Alexandre Delmar with Fernanda Botelho) brings together botanists, nutritionists, chefs, artists and designers in a collaborative, itinerant project to recover edible wild plants and reintegrate them into diets and eating habits.Location: Various spaces of the cityParticipation requires prior registration by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Image credits: Alexandre Delmar / A Recoletora
Science is Art / Friday, July 22, 7pm
The Jaguar’s Friend — Patricia SaragüetaReproduction is one of the main features of all living organisms. In many mammals, the surface of the uterus contains the endometrium, a malleable tissue that receives the embryo and allows the formation of the placenta, providing nutrients, oxygen and all the necessary elements for the survival and development of a new life. It also redirects the DNA of the cells that interact with the embryo to form a new being. In her talk, scientist, poet and artist Patricia Saragüeta reflects on the importance of studying 3D aspects of DNA to understand and improve reproduction and conservation across humans and jaguars.Location: Galeria da BiodiversidadeTo participate the free ticket must be collected (maximum 2 per person) up to 15 minutes before the event starts.Reservations can be made in advance by emailing email@example.com.
Image credits: Three transcription factors in search of the right enhancers. La Greca et al., eLife 2022;11:e66034 DOI: 10.7554/eLife.66034 Image by Maruki Nowaki
ping! / Schools / Saturday, July 23rd, from 10am to 5pm
Workshop with Paula Pin: BIO.TRANS.LABThe workshop proposed by Paula Pin, is part of the Bio-trans-lab project, one of the modules of the hackteria.org platform. Materialized in a van, the CyanoVan is a nomadic science laboratory, open to experimentation with the body and technology, in a logic of learning by doing. The mobile project, which has travelled the world, seeks to disseminate and activate scientific processes open to the community, bringing the queer transhackfeminist laboratory to the space of the gardens of Palácio de Cristal.
Artist and activist Paula Pin's practice combines science, biology and queer identities in the realisation of projects that take the form of interactive sculptures, installations, performances, walks and laboratory experiments, in which the body relates to the world in unusual ways.Pin organises techno-feminist workshops and has collaborated since 2012 in the extensive bio-hack network, Hackteria (which unites body and nature). Pin has collaborated with institutions such as CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Geneva; Bergen Assembly; Hangar, Barcelona and KASK, Gant.Location: Gardens of Palácio de Cristal
Each workshop is intended for a single class.
Image: Paula Pin
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.
ping! / schools / May 11
Walk with Pablo BerásteguiCultural 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.
Image: Sérgio Lopes
ping! / schools / May 17
Walk with Lola RodriguesLola Rodrigues was born in Brazil in Curitiba, she studies and works in Porto. Currently she dedicates her time to the curatorship master degree at Universidade de Belas Artes do Porto and to works related to curatorship and music, having also a musical project called SoundPreta. As a curator, Lola has an eye and interest for the visual arts of African Diaspora artists and their representativeness, as a DJ, Lola incorporates the role of storyteller and for each set she prioritizes music from women, black artists and the LGBTQ+ community. She is a political activist and belongs to UNA - União NEGRA das Artes an initiative, which emerges in the scope of the anti-racist fight and the affirmation of negritude in Portugal.Aimed at the school public.Each workshop is intended for a single class.
ping! / schools / May 26
Workshop Terrários de Cristal, with Samuel WenceslauThe artist Samuel Wenceslau has been making incursions into the gardens of the Crystal Palace 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. The workshop will build micro-landscapes, enclosed by an iron and glass structure, to which participants can add images that revisit the First Portuguese Colonial Exhibition to reflect on the idea of possession and forced exposure, and also domestic objects as a metaphor for personal collections and reliquaries. What tensions will emerge from these Crystal Terrariums where the colonial domination of bodies and the idea of the beauty of natural forms cohabit?
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.
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.