CARTA BRANCA / OCT-DEC
It's like dancing on butter
It's like dancing on butter is a performance based on a documentary and autobiographical narrative, set in the domestic environment of the kitchen, focusing on the gesture of making and sharing food - the ultimate expression of ritual, a vehicle for memories, a multicultural place, a symptom of disparities, an act of independence. This is an invitation for co-existence, empathy, and communion as a response to the urgent need of intimacy and plural dialogue in today's context of political polarization.
Nuno M Cardoso
Eros and Thanatos
An exercise about destruction and creation, desire and death, inspired by Pasolini's Orgy.
Raquel S. | Noitarder
We don't get to see everything that exists. We divide time into hours, minutes, years, and distances into centimeters, miles, light-years. We make up gods so our questions don't remain unanswered. We study, we tweak, we measure: we tried. Not everything that exists can be observed or understood through the methods we're used to. Nobody has ever seen a black hole. The cosmos seems like a silent place only because we don't know how to listen to it. We don't have a sensory understanding of the Universe. We make an effort to imagine the size of everythig that exists, the unsurpassable speed of light, the things that keep existing while moving toward infinity. Somewhere beyond the blue which we call sky, stars are born and die, black holes appear, there are flaws as old as the Big Bang that still cause ripples in Spacetime that are invisible to us. The measures of our daily life aren't cut out for the greatness of the Universe.
How can we find in our language some kind of structure that allows us to think through these things? Which questions does the research in astrophysics pose to our anthropocentric knowledge of the world? We aim to not only better understand the universe through astrophysics, but als to question where astrophysics itself comes from. Where do we stand while we watch the universe? What's objectivity? What are the pictures used by a scientist to speak about things that don't seem to fit in our common language? What's the relation between the time we get to measure and spend during our lifetime with the time that structures the Universe?
How can we isolate from all the noise what we really want to hear?
"Noise" is a project by Noitarder in collaboration with the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences, and the Center for Astrophysics of the University of Porto, in the context of a science and technology research project that focuses on cosmic strings and other topological wave defects, led by principal investigator Lara Sousa.