Nov 30, 2014

An insight into Porto // Screening

An evening of several perspectives on and from Oporto city and its inner lives. The video selection presents, reflects and projects questions of nowadays living situation in Oporto and its relation to actual social-political questions within an European scale.

// "This Is not Manchester"
(A route in Campanhã), 33' , 2012
José Oliveira

“So the industrialization shapes the urban space in Porto, introducing new forms of settlement and occupation of the space, as well as new modes of urban life – in other words, new ways of living of the city and in the city.” Paula Guerra, 2008.

This is a route across Campanhã, a territory comprising a particular part of the city’s history, its development, and its community. A specific territory and community that being a part of the city, sometimes looks detached from it.

// "Hospedaria", 20'47
Pedro Neves

An old inn, located in central Porto, hosted people with few possessions for many years: prostitutes and people passing by made of that place their home for long or short time. At the end of 2013, the landlady, who sub rented the rooms, handed out the key to the owner of the house. In the 14 rooms, which make up the building, almost everything was left behind, like unmade beds and all kinds of objects such as toys, posters, chairs and ladders, clothes and shoes in closets.
A diary written by a child and found onsite brings us to the kind of atmosphere - dark and violent - that would be lived in the inn. It left mainly memories that we project in time and space, echoes and sounds, images of emptiness and abandonment of a space that is no longer inhabited.

Short-videos compilation:

Rita Faustino- Portugal adjacente e ultramarino ou apontamentos / / Adjacent Portugal and Overseas or Notes

Felícia Teixeira -S/título

João Brojo- 26

Rui Pinheiro - Repérage

Fernando Sebastião -Aqui / here

Diana Carvalho - Olá, Adeus / Hello Goodbye

Amarante Abramovici - dezembro / december

Nuno Cassola Marques - “Hino da Alegria” / “Ode to Joy”

Adriana Romero - Rei e Rainha / King and Queen

Fernando Sebastião - Aqui / Here

Hernâni Reis Baptista - Lá Fora / Outside

Susana Chiocca - Não temos de morrer pelo euro!/ We don´t need to die for the euro!

Fernando Sebastião - Aqui / here

Diana Carvalho - Olá, Adeus / Hello Goodbye

José Oliveira - “Vamos Lutar Até ao Fim”/ “We Will Fight Until The End”

At first sight, the body of work gathered in this video screening does not seem be closely related, except for the fact that all the videos were created by artists who are either from Porto or working there. Despite the formal, thematic and technical differences contrasting these short videos, visualizing them as a whole allows us to perceive a collective attitude and sentiment: these are the fruits of the social, political and economic context which is currently lived in the city of Porto and in Portugal; fruits that bloom regardless of whether such concerns are part of the creative and productive processes.

The evening will count with the presence of José Oliveira.
open for talk and reflection on the works and the topics they bring.

soup & bread


doors open 20:00
first screening starts 20:30