Thursday, July 17, 2014

Aqui enquanto caminhamos | Here whilst we walk at Walk&Talk Azores Festival

Aqui enquanto caminhamos | Here whilst we walk 
Walk&Talk Azores Festival, August 1st and 2nd
Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores/Pt
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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Performance do Lugar - workshop em Lisboa | Performance of the Site - workshop in Lisbon

Performance do Lugar: ferramentas etnográficas e arquitecturas vividas
Performance of the Site: ethnographical tools and lived architectures

14-18 julho | July
Inscrições: enviar breve nota biográfica para
Enrollment: send a brief biographical note to 
Esta oficina propõe explorar ferramentas da etnografia e da arte contextual para a produção colectiva de mapeamentos sensíveis e vivenciais e a construção de performances in situ. Activando um conjunto de exercícios de deslocamento, paragem e convivência, a proposta é instalar uma zona de atenção temporária num território da cidade – a Baixa de Lisboa – de modo a circunscrever os funcionamentos urbanos emergentes das relações entre geografia, arquitetura, uso e habitação. A partir desta experiência directa no terreno, os participantes serão convidados a construir e experimentar modos de manuseamento artístico da materialidade do quotidiano que permitam performar o lugar. 

This workshop aims to explore ethnography and contextual art as tools for a collective production of sensible and experiential maps and the construction of site-specific performances. Activating a set of exercises of displacement, pauses and conviviality, the proposal is to install a temporary zone of attention towards  downtown Lisbon, in order to circumscribe urban phenomena emerging from the relationship between geography, architecture, habits and inhabitation. From this direct experience in the field, the participants are invited to build up and experiment modes of artistic maneuvering of the materiality stemming from daily life, which allow them to make the site perform. 
Fernanda Eugénio é antropóloga e artista. Trabalha com a etnografia na proposição de deambulações, performances invisíveis e site-specific. É pós-doutorada pelo ICS/UL e doutorada pelo MN/UFRJ. Com João Fiadeiro, no âmbito no projecto AND_Lab, desenvolveu o Jogo AND, ferramenta transversal para a “pensação” da convivência sustentável, na relação entre ética, estética e política.
Fernanda Eugénio is an Anthropologist and artist. She's been working with ethnography in propositions related to wanderings, invisible and site-specific performances. She has a Post-Doctorate degree at Instituto de Ciências Socias/Universidade Livre de Lisboa and a Doctorate at Museu Nacional/Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. With João Fiadeiro, under the frame of AND_Lab, she has developed the Game AND, transversal tool for thinking a sustainable conviviality, in the relationship between ethics, aesthetics and politics.

Gustavo Ciríaco é Coreógrafo, performer e artista contextual. Trabalha internacionalmente em projectos transversais  e colaborações envolvendo arquitetura, artes visuais e do espetáculo. Suas obras se orientam pelo contexto onde acontecem e a poesia das materialidades envolvidas em cada situação. Interessa-lhe a construção do presente, a experiência sensível do aqui no agora. Suas obras têm  sido acolhidas em festivais, instituições e teatros, na América Latina, Europa, Ásia e Oriente Médio, dentre eles, Al Mamal Foundation,  Tokyo Wonder Site, Casa Encendida Tanz im August, Taipei Digital Art Center, Panorama da Dança, Alkantara.

Gustavo Ciríaco (Rio de Janeiro) is a Brazilian performing and contextual artist. He started his career in Political Sciences and then drifted to dance-making and convivial works. Ciríaco has travelled and worked in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East on projects, artistic collaborations and workshops. He’s been acting in urban space and landscape projects, in conversational pieces, in performances and more recently in museum projects.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Those who walk on the ground, who climb trees, who bear wings - new creation

Public presentation at Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas, Festival Internacional de Danza Contemporanea del Uruguay - FidCU.

Those who walk on the ground was a project in IBERESCENA residency at PAR - Programas Artistas en Residencia, in Montevideo, April/May 2014.

Dance and the Museum: Gustavo Ciríaco responds to Movement Research

                                                            The bright side of the dark, de Yoi Kawakubo © Tokyo Wonder Site Photo- Masahiro Nagata 

1) What are the most potent questions or ideas prompted by the recent coming together of dance and the visual arts?
I like the terms you choose for this meeting of two different art fields: coming together. This already reveals a movement towards a shared place and at the same time the condition of doing it together. Although the actual increase might be more of opportunities and interest in including dance in the programming of art museums and galleries, it does reveal a complex and interesting situation of meeting between two fields, between two entirely distinct ways of being together and sharing time and space, a situation which actually involves a strange interaction of two distinct publics — the spectator from the theater and the viewer at the art museum.
Seeing this coming together through the lens of dance being shown in the "white cube," I’d say that the most potent questions that arise involve shared perception and aesthetic appreciation, role play and the conflict between economies. The conditions of visibility at stake in the white cube not only tend to enhance the objecthood of the art on display, but the room itself belongs to a whole history of art which guides and frames our perceptions and habits, as well as the use of our time as visitors.
Dance is, of course, historically related to its own specific kind of architecture and aesthetic appreciation, which is much older and differently layered than the white cube: the theater. It is also closely related to the negotiation of the temporality of the present. The theater locates its spectators at a place from which they see what develops before them. Two contrasting territories emerge: audience and stage. One is totally dependent on the other. Dance as a time based art tends to happen over a specific amount of time. It is an art based on seeing something happen and accompanying its progress in real time. The moment you move dance outside the theater, conditions that were in place to guarantee this special way of witnessing and receiving cease to exist. But the condition of viewing also depends on the context and frame of the presentation. If it’s under a dance festival’s frame, the artists and the public who accompany them might maintain the sort of aesthetic involvement and reception promoted by dance as an art form. The roles are there and habits modulate the mode being in situ and relating to what happens. These habits may continue to exert a power over an audience even outside a dance-framed context. Yet the museum is, itself, a forceful territory with its own rules and habits. But that moves us to the next question.

2) What are the responsibilities and/or challenges that accompany this interaction? For artists? Curators? Critics or scholars? Institutions?
Last November (2013) I saw a retrospective of Xavier Le Roy's work at Museum de Arte do Rio – MAR, in Rio de Janeiro, a collaboration between the museum and the dance festival Panorama. The retrospective was composed of combined excerpts of Xavier's dance pieces with extracts of the biographies of the dancers who performed them. When a visitor enters the exhibition room, an intricate system is set in motion, in which, as far as I understood, one dancer tells the public his/her own biographical history intertwined with extracts of Xavier's choreographic work, using chronology as the common path for both retrospective views. While this is going on, the other dancers perform short fragments of Xavier's andtheir personal retrospectives as a loop. Whenever a new visitor enters the room, a change of places and roles happen, except for the performer who is doing his/her own retrospective. This left me as a visitor torn between following what seemed to be the main retrospective and the other performers’ peripheral actions. If I were to relate to what was going on as a visual art viewer, I would probably leave the dancer who was telling me his history, and move on to the other dancers. But as a theater spectator, I was inclined to follow this dancer until he concluded his part. As there was none of the usual museum wall labels or spatial indications situating the art work, I was left to experience the 4 things that were happening in the room as either 4 different pieces, or as 2 different groups (the 3 dancers that were doing the short fragments as one, and the dancer with the longer set of actions and texts as the other). Everything there seemed to awaken in me an urge to see. What I saw, I included in my experience. It was difficult for me to distinguish them as different time and space units, once they were in the same room, affecting me together directly and indirectly.
Later, in Paris, I had the chance to see the retrospective again in rehearsal. This time, the exhibition was not yet open to the general public. It was interesting to see the work with a different group of artists. It became clearer to me how the negotiation of the time of the spectator seemed to be dependent on each performer’s ability to maneuver the audience’s attention and make decisions on the fly. This was also true of the extent to which the exposition developed new tactics with which to dialogue with the public, with the exhibition space, and the contingencies of the moment. It is in this arena that I see the difference of dance in relation to the visual arts and its possible contribution to the future of the museum. From this interchange between the dance artist and an institution such as the museum emerges the question of who is responsible for constructing the bridge. Will it be the artist? Or will the museum, as an institution, have to meet the artist in negotiating the specifics of dance as a medium? Should there be specific conditions or architecture in the gallery room or other elements that could host dance or make possible the experience of the work as a dance event might demand, like placing benches in video screening rooms in museums?
In the case of the direct placement of a dance piece in the museum, shouldn’t the conditions of experience and appreciation that existed in its production and previous showing be reproduced or at least taken into consideration? Would this necessitate having a theater space in which to show it properly? Or is the translation into the white cube and the assertion of the museum as official keeper of the times what is of interest here?
Coming from a dance background, I share with my colleagues the difficulties and pleasures that come from my dance education, the fine and gradual work towards perception and execution of aesthetics in my body. This corporeal expertise, this savoir-faire, is an essential element in presenting or reenacting dance pieces and performances be it in a museum or in a theater. It is a training in the management of the present. It is a practice in relation that exists only when it exists. Its ephemerality is not the goal of its materiality. To the contrary, it supports the experience and is a spectral accompaniment that enriches the art. I would say that it is a fundamental qualitative element. The more frequent presence of dance and performance in the space of the museum has not been accompanied, though, by an understanding or care for what is involved in being a dancer, nor for the terms of hiring and paying them, although they are the main actors of the rendering live these art forms.
I would dare say that dance and performance offer art institutions and museums an opportunity to review the paradigms that guide their practice, their mission and roles in collecting, presenting and promoting
art. It’s an injection of the intangible into the static frame of the visual arts. Rather than showing something, dance and performance inaugurate islands of experiences.

                                                                                   Exibição, de Marcela Levi  ©  Paula Kossatz

3) As artists, audiences, and institutions with varied artistic backgrounds come together, on what grounds is it or is it not important to consider disciplinary/ generic boundaries?
When I think of varied artistic backgrounds coming together, I think that this movement involves different levels of knowledge and acquaintance with unfamiliar artistic traditions. In the middle of this colliding, pre-conceptions, expertise and experiences in the fields involved affect the participation of the artist, the audiences and the institutions in different ways. This must be taken into consideration when thinking about this coming together, along with the context and the interaction of the temporary communities that make up the moment an artwork is activated. The museum, even more than the gallery space, is involved in detaching a work from its surroundings. In addition, it is often aligned with projects of collecting objects and casting them in a historical lens, somewhat less restrictively in the case of temporary exhibitions. This renders the museum a very specific context. It demands that the work on display obeys a certain inertia, a certain isolation from its whereabouts. In this sense, a dialogue is necessary between the programmatic orientation of the art space and the presentational form of the artwork. In the recent case of Marina Abromovic’s retrospective at the MoMA, a series of her performances were shown. I wonder if putting the performances alongside various forms of documentation of her work—photographs, video, objects—allowed them to happen the way they should. Strolling around a museum, seeing piece after piece, immerses me in a kind of listing of elements, object- like in terms of its general reception. This sort of display puts me in a visiting mood, quite distinct from what those performances had implied when enacted as the instigators of a particular time and space. I wonder if a dramaturgy of the space is needed, or if there should be a specific curatorship for the performing arts in the space of the museum, a curatorship centered in the experience of an art form that involves direct contact and presence between artists and public in the context of an object-based exhibition space.
In a recent project of mine, A room of wonder | Rio & Tokyo, I invited a group of artists to choose experiences of wonder from their lives and careers and to think how to translate, or copy, or render alive again, this experience for the visitor of a museum or gallery space. Using any media that translation demanded, the artists produced a group of pieces, which acted as sensory platforms for experience. A museum of ephemeral situations, a museum of experiences. A somewhat immaterial collection. During the project, I was confronted with how the context, its conventions and expected behaviors, as well as the actual spatial architecture, played a substantial role in the perception and presence of the visitors. They became a sort of an extended part of the composition. But I wonder if this was a case of stretching genre boundaries, or was it rather the subtle and invisible work of fine adaptation to the context, in a way that the visitor retains space for his/her own way of digesting the experience?

Are you satisfied?, by Takumi Kitada, © Tokyo Wonder Site Photo- Masahiro Nagata 

4) What might the meeting of dance and visual art at this time herald or reflect? Or, why is this happening now? What possibilities might it open for the future?
It depends on what side of the balance this meeting might tip us towards— the object or the experience? It makes me think of the possibility of relating to time in a way not simply focused on keeping alive its traces or extracting them—with surgical precision—until they no longer belong to any live context. It’s a matter of non-matter, or rather a matter of subtle matter. We are all full of past and present moments, intensities, sensations. But rather than re-staging, recovering them, or cutting them from what make them what they are, I feel more tempted to bring them to life as part of an ongoing present and an ongoing life of the hard and soft materiality of things. As in the sensorial cinemas of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, museums in the future might become sort of sensorial wunderkammers, the heralds of new modes of recollecting and reflecting the world we live in, more and more virtual in its actuality, more and more actual in its virtuality.

Gustavo Ciríaco is a Brazilian performing artist and art maker. In his work he dialogues with the historical, material and affective context one is immersed in any given situation. As art form, his work goes from multimedia stage conceptual work to convivial and open-air pieces. -He’s been to Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East in projects, workshops and artistic collaborations. He’s been acting in museum and multimedia projects as “A room of wonder“, in urban space projects as “Here whilst we walk“ & “Neighbors“ in collab. with Andrea Sonnberger; in conversational pieces “Drifting“ in collab. with António Pedro Lopes; and in dance projects “Still - sob o estado das coisas“ (APCA prize as Best dance conception and nominee of Bravo Prize as Best Dance Show). He’s been in residency at Tokyo Wonder Site (Tokyo, Japan), Les Récollets (Paris, France), ZDB and Alkantara (Lisbon, Portugal), Bamboo Curtain Studio (Taipei, Taiwan), Al Mamal Foundation (Jerusalem, Israel), among others. In 2011, he was the artistic director of Manifesta! (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and guest curator for ENTRE Lugares (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, London, England). In 2012, he started the projects “Where the horizon moves“ at Guimarães, European Cultural Capital and London Cultural Olympiad “Rio Occupation“, in the Uk; and A room of wonder (Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro) with Japanese and Brazilian artists.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Those who walk on the ground, who climb trees, who bear wings


A world adrift experienced in a diorama by the distance that it preserves, puts in evidence and makes disappear. A mutable panorama where the natural museum meets the tragical theater and the comedy enlaces fiction with real time.
Artistic conception  Gustavo Ciríaco / Direction assistance Natalia Viroga / Participants Antonio Soubiron, Camila Cayota, Edgard Palmeira, Evelyn Novick, Guillermina Gancio, Juan Miguel Ibarlucea, Juan Pablo Campistrous, Leonor Courtoisie, Leticia Falkin, Lito Eguren, María Clara Fernández, Nazario Osano, Natalia Viroga, Paola Pilatti, Viviane Freitas & Viviana Verdesio / Lightning Leticia Skrycky

Artistic residency at PAR – Programa Artistas en Residencia, a partnership between  Casarodante and Festival Internacional de Dança de Montevidéu – FidCU, Uruguay.
2 April- 11 May, 2014.

Public presentation at :
INAE – Instituto Nacional de Artes Escénicas, at 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

onde o horizonte se move | where the horizon moves - Turnê SESC São Paulo Tour

Habitado pelo devir, o horizonte é muitas vezes tomado como anunciador de destinos, como panorama de nosso futuro. Onde se move o horizonte convida o público a uma desaceleração: do alto de um miradouro, do fundo de um descampado, do longe de uma avenida, uma paisagem se descortina, uma cidade se revela. Aqui os espectadores, como os vigias do passado, vasculham o horizonte em busca de decifrar aquelas figuras borradas pelo sol que se tornam pessoas, histórias ou mundos.
Onde o horizonte se move é um projeto site-specific em torno de uma paisagem como campo de ficção compartilhado. A partir da seleção de uma paisagem e de um local de onde vê-la, o projeto investe na sua transformação gradual através de figuras que surgem e desaparecem no horizonte.

Circuito Sesc de Artes 2014

Unidade Catanduva
Data: 25 de abril
Horário: Das 17h às 22h
Praça Barão do Rio Branco - Centro

Data: 26 de abril
Horário: Das 17h às 22h
Praça Pedro Alves de Oliveira – Rua Presidente Valentin Gentil, s/n - Centro

Novo Horizonte
Data: 27 de abril
Horário: das 16h às 21h
Praça Nove de Julho (Bancão) - Centro

Unidade Santos
Data: 2 de maio
Horário: Das 17h às 22h
Praça Nossa Senhora da Guia (próximo à Câmara Municipal)

Data: 3 de maio
Horário: Das 17h às 22h
Praça da Basílica – Centro Histórico

Data: 4 de maio
Horário: Das 16h às 21h
Centro Cultural KKKK – Rua Miguel Aby Azar, nº 153 - Centro

Unidade Piracicaba
Data: 9 de maio
Horário: Das 17h às 22h
Praça Dr. Elias Garcia – Centro (Praça Central)

Data: 10 de maio
Horário: Das 17h às 22h
Praça Central de Capivari

Data: 11 de maio
Horário: Das 16h às 21h
Parque da Cidade – Rua José Botelho Veloso, s/n

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Ciríaco in residency at PAR, Montevideo.

quem anda no chão, quem anda nas árvores, quem tem asas

those who walk on the ground, who walk on trees, who bear wings

projeto selecionado para a residência PAR - Artistas en Residencia, Montevideo. Abril-Maio.

project selected for artistic residency at PAR - Artistas en Residencias, Montevideo. April-May.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Workshop Práticas Site-Specific Practices Workshop

Práticas site-specific
Lugar-paisagem, lugar-relação
Fernanda Eugénio e Gustavo Ciríaco
Workshop 30h
11 a 27 de março – terças e quintas-feiras das 13 às 18:30h
Local: Atelier Real (Poço dos Negros, 55)
Valor: 75 €
Número máximo de participantes: 10
Inscrições: enviar breve nota biográfica para
Este workshop propõe-se como espaço de experiência e de discussão dos modos de manuseamento artístico da materialidade quotidiana e dos modos de activação de proposições site-specific na cidade. Através de exercícios de deslocamento e permanência, serão exploradas e praticadas questões transversais à arte contextual e à etnografia enquanto ferramentas para a performance in situ, tais como: as condições de (in)visibilidade e os regimes de atenção aplicados aos ambientes comuns e intervalares da cidade; os funcionamentos urbanos emergentes das relações entre geografia, arquitetura, uso e habitação; os encaixes e brechas propiciados (ou não) pelas modulações público-privado e próximo-distante, no constante tráfego entre a coexistência e a convivência. Os participantes serão convidados a engajarem-se num trabalho prático de criação “no terreno”, a partir do mapeamento etnográfico e sensível de um espaço público.
This workshop aims to offer a space for experience and discussion of the different modes of dealing artistically with the daily materiality and of the modes of activation of site-specific propositions in the city. Through exercises of displacement and permanence, the workshop will explore and put into practice questions common to contextual art and ethnography, as tools for performances in situ, such as: conditions of (in)visibility and regimes of attention applied to the common and interval ambiances of the city; the urban patterns that emerge from interaction between geography, architecture, use and inhabitation; insertions and breaches offered (or not) by the modulations between private and public spheres, near-distant stances, in the constant transit between coexistence and conviviality.  The participants are invited to engage in practical creative work “on the terrain”, starting with an ethnographic and sensible mapping of a public space.
Notas biográficas:
Fernanda Eugénio é antropóloga e artista. Trabalha com a etnografia na proposição de deambulações, performances invisíveis e site-specific. É pós-doutorada pelo ICS/UL e doutorada pelo MN/UFRJ. Junto com João Fiadeiro, é directora do AND_Lab, com sede no Atelier Real.
Gustavo Ciríaco é performer, artista contextual e curador, trabalha internacionalmente em projectos e colaborações transversais envolvendo arquitetura, artes visuais e do espetáculo. É co-autor com A. Sonnberger das peças Aqui enquanto caminhamos e

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wilderness Project

Wilderness Project

January 6th-27th

Egilstadir, Iceland.

Guest artist in the project developed by the Danish collective Hello Earth.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Sundays for everyone | Espaço Alkantara, Lisboa . Lisbon

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Um grupo de bailarinos/coreógrafos, em constelações variáveis, viaja pelo mundo no desenvolvimento de um modelo alternativo para as práticas criativas na área da dança e da performance. Como e sob que condições as coisas são produzidas e consumidas nas artes, na dança, na coreografia e performance? Como nos posicionarmos na relação com os padrões actuais de produção sem perder integridade? Como criar os nossos próprios padrões, valores e significados no fazer arte e no viver? Numa primeira fase do Interlocal Atelier um grupo de cinco artistas trabalhou em conjunto para desenvolver o modelo durante cinco residências, em Helsínquia, Skåne, Estocolmo, Bruxelas e novamente em Helsínquia. O Atelier Lisboa no Espaço Alkantara marca o início da segunda fase, onde alguns dos participantes iniciais entram em diálogo com convidados locais. Em Lisboa participarão Veli Lehtovaara (FI), Maria Silva (PT), Gustavo Ciríaco (BR), Cláudia Dias (PT) e Urândia Aragão (PT). Na quarta-feira 18 de Dezembro, o Atelier Lisboa abre as portas ao público para um encontro, eventual mas não necessariamente, participativo. 

 A group of dancers/choreographers, in changing constellations, travels the world and develops alternative models for creative practice in the fields of dance and performance. How, and under what conditions, things are being produced and consumed in the arts in general, in dance and performance in particular? How to position oneself in relation to current standards of production without losing the integrity? How to create our own standards, values and meanings in making art and living? In an initial phase, the Interlocal Atelier grouped 5 artists who, over the period of a year, collaborated to develop the framework during 5 residencies in Helsinki, Skåne, Stockholm, Brussels and again Helsinki. The Lisbon Atelier at Espaço Alkantara marks the beginning of a second phase, where some of the initial participants enter in dialogue with a number of local invités. Will take part in Lisbon: Veli Lehtovaara (FI), Maria Silva (PT), Gustavo Ciríaco (BR), Cláudia Dias (PT) and Urândia Aragão (PT). On Wednesday 18 December, the Lisbon atelier will open its doors for a public encounter.

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