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Cycle Deep down Portugal is the Sea

CCB

Nothing escapes the sea inPortugal. From geology to the climate, from the past to the future, from dreams to fears, what is the sea, after all?

It is the bottom, the deepest depths, fish, life, waves and volcanoes, solitude and an immense space. It is also the den of the most contemptible degradations and the home of undulating marvels; of mysteries and abuses, discovery and greed, and of all that is possible even beyond the impossible. It is the most fragile, immense and unknown of humanity’s everyday treasures. Nothing inPortugalescapes the sea. Distant but fascinated by the sea, both desiring it and resenting it at the same time, let us now begin to take it inside us in another way, vaster and more demanding.

This programme of events speaks to us about this. About the change and the demands that are made for a cultivated form of citizenship, one that makes us adopt an active attitude towards the sea. It is an appeal to this country’s aloof and terrestrial inhabitants, who will have to take care of it, to continue with it and to discover themselves within it.

This programme is an invitation to visit the sea, addressed to audiences of all ages who wish to delve into these artistic, yet also scientific and environmental, proposals. An invitation that generates enthusiasm and curiosity, creating a maritime culture both now and in the future, and a new active and emotional commitment to the greater sea that it will become.

This programme is centred around the exhibition Deep down Portugal is the Sea. Based on images made available by the Portuguese Task Group for the Extension of the Continental Shelf (EMEPC), captured by an underwater drone (ROV), a remote-controlled robot that can descend to depths of six kilometres, we shift from revealing the depths of the sea to revealing the sound landscapes, where land and sea, through their lighthouses, try out their communications, as well as the immense paradox of the plastic rubbish that the sea returns to our shores. The various aspects of this exhibition are split into exploratory workshops, in which we seek to pass from watching to doing, or, in other words, to getting to know things better and thereby growing with this. There will be six workshops, which involve creative writing, the confrontation with real and imaginary monsters, the liquid forms of marine sculptures, the abyssal symmetry between the sea and the cosmos, including the fascinating and fatal confrontation with the immense quantities of plastic that we throw into the oceans and which are now taking control of them and of our own body, condemning us all to the fate of the skeleton of the whale Balaena Plasticus, which forms part of the Plasticus Maritimus project. In the CCB’sOlive-TreeGarden, there will be three concerts, sessions with storytellers and long maritime conversations between the most unlikely participants, as diverse as the great variety of human fauna among us whose lives are entangled with the sea.

Finally, two shows challenge us to go in two completely opposite directions in our deepest convictions and in our deepest feelings about the sea: Marinho experiments with everything in us that lives and avoids, that searches for and runs from, our relationship with the sea, exploring the ambiguities that are situated along the paths in which these are lived, in our senses, in our voices and in our listening, in light and in shade. The second show, which is one of the most classical stories about the sea, A Menina do Mar (The Sea Girl), by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, with music by Bernardo Sassetti, reminds us that beauty and love, the earth and the sea, live in the city of men, in their history, in the political forces that confront one another, and that the future is a choice that has yet to be made, just like a direction, a horizon, a ship released onto the sea.

 

Timetable

MarinhoOne artist, seven programmers | Margarida Mestre – Show – 8 to 11 March

Remoinho (Whirlpool) | Margarida Mestre – A sensory experimentation workshop – 8 March

Imersão (Immersion) | Margarida Mestre – A sensory experimentation and writing workshop – 9 March

Agitação (Agitation) | Margarida Mestre – Training activity – 10 March

Sedimentação (Sedimentation) | Margarida Mestre, Raquel Gaspar, Pedro Prista – Mini-conference – 11 March

Deep down Portugal is the Sea | Graça Castanheira, Rui Rebelo and Ana Pêgo – Exhibition – 8 May to 31 July

Deep down, the words come from the sea | Judite Canha Fernandes – Creative writing workshop – 9 to 13, 16 to 18, 20 May

Deep down, the words come from the sea – Training activity | Judite Canha Fernandes – Training activity/Between Art and Education – 19 May

Plasticus Maritimus – Augmented reality | Ana Pêgo –biology, environmental education and visual arts workshop – 9 to 11, 15 to 18 May

Plasticus Maritimus – Augmented and animated reality | Ana Pêgo – Biology, environmental education and visual arts workshop – 12, 13 and 19 May

Conversations about the sea | Various guests – Mini-talks – 17 and 24 May, 7, 14, 21 and 28 June, 5, 12, 19, 26 July

The Sea Girl, by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen | Carla Galvão and Filipe Raposo, with music by Bernardo Sassetti – Show – 19, 20, 22 to 27 May

ChimeraJules Verne’s Monsters and other more contemporary ones | Adriana Pardal – Visual arts workshop – 22 to 27 May

Aquatic Creators | Paula Palhota – Marine sculptures workshop – 29, 30 May, 1, 2, 5 to 9 June

Vostok & Calypso | Pietro Romani – Dance workshop – 29, 30 May, 1 to 3, 5 to 8 June

Fish can... paint | Margarida Botelho – Art workshop – 12, 14 to 24 June

Songs of Land and Sea | Rita Maria and Filipe Raposo – Concert in the Garden – 30 June

Holidays on Nautilus | Antonella Gilardi – Art in the Summer Holidays – 2 to 6, 9 to 13 July

Stories from the sea bed | Ana Sofia Paiva and Sofia Maul – Stories in the Garden – 7 and 8 July

Concert with Lighthouses | Rui Rebelo and Carla Galvão – Concert in the Garden – 14 and 15 July

Flats and other animals | Teresa Gentil – Narrated concert in the Garden – 21 and 22 July

Nothing escapes the sea inPortugal. From geology to the climate, from the past to the future, from dreams to fears, what is the sea, after all?

It is the bottom, the deepest depths, fish, life, waves and volcanoes, solitude and an immense space. It is also the den of the most contemptible degradations and the home of undulating marvels; of mysteries and abuses, discovery and greed, and of all that is possible even beyond the impossible. It is the most fragile, immense and unknown of humanity’s everyday treasures. Nothing inPortugalescapes the sea. Distant but fascinated by the sea, both desiring it and resenting it at the same time, let us now begin to take it inside us in another way, vaster and more demanding.

This programme of events speaks to us about this. About the change and the demands that are made for a cultivated form of citizenship, one that makes us adopt an active attitude towards the sea. It is an appeal to this country’s aloof and terrestrial inhabitants, who will have to take care of it, to continue with it and to discover themselves within it.

This programme is an invitation to visit the sea, addressed to audiences of all ages who wish to delve into these artistic, yet also scientific and environmental, proposals. An invitation that generates enthusiasm and curiosity, creating a maritime culture both now and in the future, and a new active and emotional commitment to the greater sea that it will become.

This programme is centred around the exhibition Deep down Portugal is the Sea. Based on images made available by the Portuguese Task Group for the Extension of the Continental Shelf (EMEPC), captured by an underwater drone (ROV), a remote-controlled robot that can descend to depths of six kilometres, we shift from revealing the depths of the sea to revealing the sound landscapes, where land and sea, through their lighthouses, try out their communications, as well as the immense paradox of the plastic rubbish that the sea returns to our shores. The various aspects of this exhibition are split into exploratory workshops, in which we seek to pass from watching to doing, or, in other words, to getting to know things better and thereby growing with this. There will be six workshops, which involve creative writing, the confrontation with real and imaginary monsters, the liquid forms of marine sculptures, the abyssal symmetry between the sea and the cosmos, including the fascinating and fatal confrontation with the immense quantities of plastic that we throw into the oceans and which are now taking control of them and of our own body, condemning us all to the fate of the skeleton of the whale Balaena Plasticus, which forms part of the Plasticus Maritimus project. In the CCB’sOlive-TreeGarden, there will be three concerts, sessions with storytellers and long maritime conversations between the most unlikely participants, as diverse as the great variety of human fauna among us whose lives are entangled with the sea.

Finally, two shows challenge us to go in two completely opposite directions in our deepest convictions and in our deepest feelings about the sea: Marinho experiments with everything in us that lives and avoids, that searches for and runs from, our relationship with the sea, exploring the ambiguities that are situated along the paths in which these are lived, in our senses, in our voices and in our listening, in light and in shade. The second show, which is one of the most classical stories about the sea, A Menina do Mar (The Sea Girl), by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen, with music by Bernardo Sassetti, reminds us that beauty and love, the earth and the sea, live in the city of men, in their history, in the political forces that confront one another, and that the future is a choice that has yet to be made, just like a direction, a horizon, a ship released onto the sea.

 

Timetable

Marinho – One artist, seven programmers | Margarida Mestre – Show – 8 to 11 March

Remoinho (Whirlpool) | Margarida Mestre – A sensory experimentation workshop – 8 March

Imersão (Immersion) | Margarida Mestre – A sensory experimentation and writing workshop – 9 March

Agitação (Agitation) | Margarida Mestre – Training activity – 10 March

Sedimentação (Sedimentation) | Margarida Mestre, Raquel Gaspar, Pedro Prista – Mini-conference – 11 March

Deep down Portugal is the Sea | Graça Castanheira, Rui Rebelo and Ana Pêgo – Exhibition – 8 May to 31 July

Deep down, the words come from the sea | Judite Canha Fernandes – Creative writing workshop – 9 to 13, 16 to 18, 20 May

Deep down, the words come from the sea – Training activity | Judite Canha Fernandes – Training activity/Between Art and Education – 19 May

Plasticus Maritimus – Augmented reality | Ana Pêgo –biology, environmental education and visual arts workshop – 9 to 11, 15 to 18 May

Plasticus Maritimus – Augmented and animated reality | Ana Pêgo – Biology, environmental education and visual arts workshop – 12, 13 and 19 May

Conversations about the sea | Various guests – Mini-talks – 17 and 24 May, 7, 14, 21 and 28 June, 5, 12, 19, 26 July

The Sea Girl, by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen | Carla Galvão and Filipe Raposo, with music by Bernardo Sassetti – Show – 19, 20, 22 to 27 May

Chimera – Jules Verne’s Monsters and other more contemporary ones | Adriana Pardal – Visual arts workshop – 22 to 27 May

Aquatic Creators | Paula Palhota – Marine sculptures workshop – 29, 30 May, 1, 2, 5 to 9 June

Vostok & Calypso | Pietro Romani – Dance workshop – 29, 30 May, 1 to 3, 5 to 8 June

Fish can... paint | Margarida Botelho – Art workshop – 12, 14 to 24 June

Songs of Land and Sea | Rita Maria and Filipe Raposo – Concert in the Garden – 30 June

Holidays on Nautilus | Antonella Gilardi – Art in the Summer Holidays – 2 to 6, 9 to 13 July

Stories from the sea bed | Ana Sofia Paiva and Sofia Maul – Stories in the Garden – 7 and 8 July

Concert with Lighthouses | Rui Rebelo and Carla Galvão – Concert in the Garden – 14 and 15 July

Flats and other animals | Teresa Gentil – Narrated concert in the Garden – 21 and 22 July


Supports

The cycle Deep down Portugal is the Sea is the result of a partnership between the Portuguese Task Group for the Extension of the Continental Shelf (EMEPC) and the Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB/Fábrica das Artes).

8 to 11 March, 8 May to 31 July, 2018

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