5th Edition Encounters Beyond History
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Encounters Beyond History 2017
Friday 13 January and Saturday 14 January
15h00-19h00 (Fri.) e 16h00-16h45 (Sat.)


THE MAGICS, a curated work / choreography, associated to the poet, Herberto Helder, and his influence on the contemporary arts.

With António Poppe and Joana Fervença, Eglantina Monteiro, Rosa Maria Martelo, Susana Chiocca, Pedro A.H. Paixão, Tomás Cunha Ferreira and Mike Cooter, Francisco Janes and Carlos Pereira, Rui Moreira and the special participation of the Teatro Oficina

The fifth edition of Encounters Beyond History is dedicated to Herberto Helder’s poetic universe and his extensive, profound and singular influence on so many other authorial approaches, ways of conceiving, thinking about and making art, in different fields of contemporary creation.

Herberto Helder is an influential, radiating and poetically powerful figure, by virtue of the manner in which he articulated and blurred various temporal dimensions, and created his own timeless, placeless language using the performativity of his writing, conveyed via an almost secret identity, without media exposure, but with strong resonance.
In this work we try to reflect this discursive generating power. We bring together authors from various different fields of knowledge - choreographers, performers, musicians, poets, artists, filmmakers, anthropologists, actors – to stage a unique, continuous and unrepeatable performance, that will infuse the CIAJG with the powerful and mysterious primordial wind of creation that Herbert was able to conjure up and animate. In short, we will attempt to establish this silent and nocturnal communication-community, without knowing exactly how - reels of a film stored in an archive that secretly communicate with each other.

The CIAJG combines works from different periods, places and contexts, in articulation with works by contemporary artists, and thereby proposes a re(assembly) of the history of art as a succession of echoes, and a new role for the museum - as a place for amazement and reflection.
The museum is a structure dedicated to contemporary art and the relationships that this weaves with the arts from other epochs and different cultures and disciplines. Commencing with a conception of art as a space of experience and freedom, that isn’t submissive to the categorisation of history, form or style, the museum is especially interested in questions that have become important operational concepts in contemporary art and in the modern world, such as nomadism, migration of forms, motives, ideas, people and goods, individual and collective memory, hospitality, community, exchange, miscegenation, cultural anthropophagy, utopia, among others.
In short, the CIAJG functions as an Atlas - bringing together and articulating objects, images and ideas from distant cultures and places.

"Encounters Beyond History" adopts and extends the name of the CIAJG’s inaugural exhibition. More than a title this was the conceptual vision underpinning the Centre’s birth. The Encounters are annual meetings, held in December / January, in which we promote critical debate associated to the CIAJG’s key work topics. It is vital that we include a space for critical debate in our programming, especially since we base our activity on boundary subjects and sensitive, potentially fractional issues. From the moment in which we question the integrity of disciplinary territories, or deal with objects that have multiple meanings that go well beyond the aesthetic dimension - e.g. the collection of African tribal art - we must include critical and self-critical mechanisms within our activity, that can frame and sustain it.
Nuno Faria

António Poppe and Joana Pervença

"I could interchangeably recount two stories: a symbolic Afro-carnivorous story, [Amazonian] and another silent, subtle, Japanese story [Chinese]." In the middle we would find the shells of a tribe that buried their dead inside the recesses of large jars.
On the right hand side of the exhibition space we encounter a transformation, marked by the indigenous jar, giving origin to other objects of the same nature, but which are American Indian. Búzio (whelk) which in Italian means “porcelain”, was the closest term that Westerners found to describe the surface and appearance of this new delicate material imported from the East. The whelk connects Asia and America.

António Poppe, was born in Lisbon, and studied at Ar.Co. (Centre for Art & Visual Communication), the Royal College of Art in London and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, obtaining his Master’s degree in Performative Art and Cinema, in the latter. Assírio & Alvim published his book of poems/drawings, Torre de Juan Abad, (Tower of Juan Abad) in 2000, accompanied by an exhibition; in 2012 Documenta published Livro da Luz (Book of Light), a book of poems-meditation-drawings-songs. In 2015, Douda Correria published his poem, medicin. He currently participates in poetry recitals, conducts exhibitions and teaches drawing and meditation.
Joana Fervença was born in Lisbon, and completed her Master’s degree in Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa and attended drawing classes in Ar.Co. She has worked on the composition of various books and publications, always using drawing as the main reference point. She recently participated in the exhibition, Os Índios da Meia-Praia (The Indians of Meia-Praia Beach), in Galeria 111, in Lisbon.

Eglantina Monteiro

An American Indian ideal.
In the beginning of the World, all beings were human. American Indian myths explain how some beings lost certain abilities, but gained other qualities and forms, while humans remained the same. The ideal of American Indian knowledge is to touch the human dimension that subsists in everything that exists, including plants or earth. The doors of perception to the invisible / human world are dreams, disease, trance or hallucinogenic experiences. The manner in which humans and non-humans perceive the world has the same subjective nature.

Eglantina Monteiro, anthropologist, curator, activist. She lives and works in Castro Marim where she runs the Companhia das Culturas (Company of Cultures). Between 1984 and 2000, she was professor of art anthropology at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Porto. She works in the area of art anthropology, including fieldwork in the Brazilian Amazon, Bijagós, Guinea Bissau and the Serra do Caldeirão mountains in the Algarve.

Rosa Maria Martelo

Name, style, language

In Herberto Helder's poetry, name, style, language are largely synonymous. The poet ardently aspired to create a unique personal language, "a language within his own language". He quickly confided in the exclusive experience of the rhythm of free verse that enabled him to attain a "complete language". He used the term “style” to classify this eminently physical language, which registered the weaving of a voice: a verbal matter organized in form, a body in search of its own name.

Rosa Maria Martelo is an associate professor at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, where she received her PhD in Portuguese Literature. She is a researcher at the Margarida Losa Institute of Comparative Literature - a R&D unit of the Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT). Her main fields of research include Portuguese Modern and Contemporary Literature, twentieth and twenty-first century Poetics, and Inter-artistic Studies. She has collaborated with numerous magazines and collective works and has published several essay books, including A Forma Informe — Leituras de Poesia (The Shapeless Form - Poetry Readings), 2010, O Cinema da Poesia (The Cinema of Poetry), 2012, and Os Nomes da Obra — Herberto Helder ou o Poema Contínuo (The Names of the Work - Herberto Helder or the Continuous Poem), 2016.

Francisco Janes and Carlos Pereira

There was a man
Tribute. Performance combining visual music and sound images.
Film-sound of circular time, contemplation and the earthly way.

Francisco Janes
Divides his time between Lisbon and Vilnius. His work is dedicated to forms of knowledge based on experience, exploring the division between humans and nature, focusing on issues such as isolation, distance, affection and utopia. He uses sound, space and film. He bases his work on documentary material.

Carlos Pereira
Lives in Lisbon and works with the electric guitar, voice and sound processing on his laptop. His sound works involve repetitions, circular structures, overlays and harmonic threads.


Susana Chiocca

BITCHO
by Susana Chiocca, in collaboration with João Pais Filipe, Luca Argel and Maria João Silva.
BITCHO is an ambiguous figure, that is transmuted in each presentation. Maintaining an organic relationship with his surroundings, he questions the world, the moment in time, sexuality ...
The project, which began in 2012, is developed around a sound, visual and textual structure.

Susana Chiocca was born in Lisbon. She has a PhD in Contemporary Art from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Cuenca in 2016. She has a degree in Sculpture from the Faculty of Fine Arts, of the University of Porto in 1999. She has organised several exhibitions and performance-based events, including programming of the space, a Sala, between 2006-2010, in partnership with António Lago. Since 1999 she has taken part in various exhibitions, events and workshops. As an artist, her research explores the other, in everyday experience, the moment, the encounter, focusing on concepts such as bridge, connection, prosthesis, place, articulation, alterity, inclusion, shock, loss, the present, presence. She uses various media to develop her work, including drawing, installation, video, sound, photography and performance. Since 2005 she has been investigating use of the text and word, in projects such as Balla Prop, co-authored with Ana Ulisses, or in her latest character, BITCHO, that combines performance, music and video.

Pedro A.H. Paixão

Of dark things
A slide show with reading of micro chronicles, most of which have been taken, modified or transposed from the section, "(o humor em quotidiano negro)", ( humour in black everyday life), from Herberto Helder’s volume, Photomaton & Vox (Assírio & Alvim, Lisboa, 1987, 2ªed.).

Pedro A.H. Paixão is a Portuguese artist, scholar, and editor. Born in 1971 in Lobito, Angola, he works between Lisbon and Milan. He studied painting and drawing at Ar.Co – Centre of Arts and Visual Communication, Lisbon, and has an M.F.A. in film and video from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, from the Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto. His artwork is represented by Gallery 111 in Lisbon, and he is a member of the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto. He is the founder and director of the editorial project, disciplina sem nome (discipline without a name) for the Lisbon-based publishing house, Documenta.

Rui Moreira

I'll try. lightning suddenly illuminates the desert. a train whistles in the night through the hills and plains. father! father! why have you abandoned me? the poets café is empty. a total eclipse. a gas bottle. lots of blood, some drawings, the first day...

Rui Moreira lives and works in Lisbon. His drawings are inspired by his travels, and he chooses his destinations with great care. Upon his return, he draws ceaselessly, performing a kind of mnemonic exercise via which he relives the natural cycle of each space. His work results from the repetition of a simple action: the artist patiently fills the entire space of his drawings until his body is exhausted from the excessive conditions of immobility and gravity, like an intense memorial meditation.

Tomas Cunha Ferreira and Mike Cooter

HH (= Herberto Helder)
A rattle of silence surrounds each sound. This could be a beginning. Around here.
Come on - it will be more than just a beginning. Sound, brake. Word, agitation.
Based on HH - no. Moving towards HH. Crossing HH. Each shot invents a target. The substance of music isn’t harmony – it’s the desire to make sounds. Turn things inside out, before being turned into a talisman. A rattle of silence hovers around us.

Tomás Cunha Ferreira was born in Lisbon. He works with paintings, texts and sounds.

His recent solo exhibitions: Partitura (Score), in O Armário, July 2016, Lisbon; Ontemporaneous, José de Guimarães International Arts Centre, February-June 2016, Guimarães; Painting, Nogueira da Silva Museum, July-August 2015, Braga.

Free registration, subject to the room’s maximum capacity. Registration may be made in person at the José de Guimarães International Centre for the Arts or by downloading the online form available HERE and sent to: encontrosparaalemdahistoria@aoficina.pt

For further information, please contact us at tel. 253 424 715 or email encontrosparaalemdahistoria@aoficina.pt

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