SOULS' COMMISSION

with Henry Cronje, João Mota, Maria Filomena Molder and Nicolau Lavres

November 2013, dur. 14'45.

Recorded in Lisbon (Portugal), São Tomé and Santo António (Sao Tome and Principe) between June and August 2013.

In an island, Captain, Guide, Eater, Infiltrate, Seer, Fugitive and Vigilant, although they are never together, they take turns to protect a secret. A secret needs a keeper, sacrifices and hopes. Only thus it can survive. It has no body, but it needs water to drink; it has no hunger, but it can read the entrails of animals; it does not walk, but it convinces the others.

EMULATION PLAY

with Marco Pasi

April 2013, Cast: Diogo Silva, José Luiz Moreira, João Vicente, Leonor Carvalho and Rita Nazaré, dur. 13'36.

Simultaneous translation by Mafalda Mello

Marco Pasi (IT) is an historian of religions, currently living and working in Amsterdam.

This dialogue is based on the contributions of Cacilda Coelho, Carlos Moreira, Eduardo Guerra, Fernando Soares, Hugo Soares, Jonathan Saldanha, Mafalda Nunes, Marco Pasi and Miguel Ferrão, participants at the "Assemblies" and "Cycle of Staged Conferences", public events presented by Musa paradisiaca at Curators' Lab in Guimarães - European Capital of Culture, in April 2012, curated by Lígia Afonso. The staging and recording of this dialogue were accomplished in Abrantes, in May 2012, during the New New Mexico residency, organized by Associação de Desenvolvimento Cultural Palha de Abrantes and by the Museum of Mação with the generous support of Escola Superior de Tecnologia de Abrantes.

As is an hypnotism session, conducted by a dominant voice, a group of characters link together different approaches to belief, as a common problem. The alternating viewpoints promotes a myriad of arguments about faith, superstition and knowledge. Although, this distinction does not promote a clear separation between all.

THE PERMANENCE OF SPEECH AND ACTION

with Pedro Neves Marques

May 2012, voices by João Vicente and Mariana Silva, sound recording by Pedro Sousa, dur. 09'46.

Pedro Neves Marques (PT) is an artist, currently living and working in New York

"Goethe speaks into the phonograph" (1916), a tale by Salomo Friedlaender, elaborates on the possibility of the reproduction of J. W. Goethe's voice, using a mechanism (a machine) that reconstruct his larynx, made from his corpse. Thus, even after being dead, J. W. Goethe's voice could once again be heard. Our discussion derives from this evocative principle. At issue here is the definition of speech, its capture and appropriation, across time. Questioning the asynchronous encounter between voice, issuer and receiver, the device / the larynx model, problematizes the modern believe in the objectivity of playback devices. Between medium and machine, the larynx model triggers the debate over the unity and the veracity of any discourse, and of the access to the world.

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PARTY I'VE EVER SEEN

November 2011, voice by João Vicente, duration 07'40.
November 12, 2011,
staged reading at Galeria Quadrum (Lisbon, PT).

Simultaneous translation by Mafalda Mello

Public event of Programa colateral curated by Lígia Afonso, as part of All was captured (even the movements of the goat), a solo show by Alexandra do Carmo curated by Catarina Rosendo.
Giant head kindly provided by Clube Municipal e Recreativo Rerizense.

The end of the party, as a scenario, supports the discussion about the idea of group and experimentalism. Presented as a space for vanguard, Galeria Quadrum, seems to promote new ways of seeing and acting. This vanguard with no clear face can only be recognized as a possibility. Only rumors can bring us closer to this place. They carry a group's expectation. — So the party goes!

THE SPEECHLESS ORACLE

with Hugo Canoilas & Andrea Brandão

February 2011, voice by João Vicente, dur. 22'14.

Simultaneous translation by Mafalda Mello

Hugo Canoilas (PT) is an artist, currently living and working in Vienna. He is represented by Quadrado azul, Nosbaum & Reding and Workplace Gallery.
Andrea Brandão (PT) is an artist, currently living and working in Lisbon

Let's suppose that a man is at work even in his sleep. In this sense, passivity could be seen as a productive action. Assuming the inevitability of production, one recognizes the need of the inactive agent to affirm himself. On the other hand, there ́s an unintentional work done in passivity claiming the production of a silent influence. Thereby, the one in silence is closer to the oracular condition due to the encrypted and inaccessible sense of his work. The oracle is, after all, the one who one wants to believe.

FIRST SMELL, FIRST THOUGHT

with Paulo Queiroz

November 2010, voice by João Vicente, dur. 10'09.

Simultaneous translation by Mafalda Mello

Paulo Queiroz (PT) is an artist,
currently living and working in Oeiras.

The possibility of acknowledging anything for the first time is herein taken as a task. This proposal considers intuition as the motor of knowledge. This argument is not consensual. An intuition, as a smell, takes us closer to things faster than thinking does. In this context, intuition as a promise, anticipates the understanding of the world. Hereupon, the sense, as a recording machine, proposes a history of smell as a history of intuitions.

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