PROJECTS AND ARTISTS FEATURED ON THE FILM
Tochapestana is a musical duo formed in 2004 by Gonçalo Tocha and Dídio Pestana. Musically, the group focuses its identity on the crossing and fusion of genres rarely combined, from party music and popular groups, passing, among others, by influences from hard rock, punk, French chanson, or Cape Verde's pop.
Shorthand for Distance was formed in 2011 by Didio Pestana (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Eirik Sördal (guitar, vocals) after they ran into each other midway between Portugal and Iceland – in Neukölln, Berlin, more specifically. Their music may be described as a minimal mixture of American folk, German Schlagermusik, Icelandic Rímur and Portuguese pimba (not necessarily in that order). The notes and the lyrics may convey upbeat melancholia and downbeat optimism, silly seriousness and serious silliness, all depending on how you look at it.
"A cameraman and a soundman arrive on the smallest island of the Azores in 2007. Right in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, Corvo is a large rock with the crater of a volcano and a single tiny village of 440 people whose almost 500 year old history is hardly discernible, due to the lack of written records. The documentary follows the contemporary life of a civilization isolated in the middle of the sea. A long Atlantic film-odyssey, divided in 14 chapters combining anthropological records, literature, lost archives, mythological and autobiographical stories."
Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela began their sharing and collaboration during their studies at the Fine Arts Academy in Porto and have been working as an artist duo since 2010. Their practice is developed with a privileged use of moving images, which intersects installative and site-specific environments, and also drawing,
painting, photography and sculpture.
Graduated in Sculpture and New Media, at the Universität der Künste Berlin (2010, title: Meisterschüler). Exhibits regularly since 2006, particularly in the following venues: Fabbrica del vapore (Milan); Museu do Neo-realismo (Vila Franca de Xira); CAAA (Guimarães); Altes Finanzamt (Berlin); anothor vacant space (Berlin); Temporären Kunsthalle (Berlin); SIM Gallery (Reykjavik); Galeria Trama (Barcelona); Fundació Joan Miró(Barcelona).
"An archive of film and audio material in Bissau. On the verge of complete ruin, the footage testifies to the birth of Guinean cinema as part of the decolonising vision of Amílcar Cabral, the liberation leader who was assassinated in 1973. In collaboration with the Guinean filmmakers Sana na N'Hada and Flora Gomes, as well as many allies, Filipa César imagines a journey wherein this fragile matter from the past operates as a visionary prism of shrapnel, with which to look through. Digitised in Berlin and screened at various locations – in what would come to resemble a transnational itinerant cinema – the archive convokes debates, storytelling and forecasts. From their screening in isolated villages in Guinea-Bissau to European capitals, the silent reels are now a place from which people may search for antidotes to a world in crisis."
Sound, visual artist & electronic musician. Member of the art collective Piso and the electronic music label, Marvellous Tone. Until 2014, member of the venue for arts and experimental music Altes Finanzamt in Berlin. With the artist Nils Meisel, Pedro André develops the creative workshops CSF, on sound & soundscape. Among others, Pedro André worked with different musicians and sound artists, Nils Meisel, Gil Delindro, experimental dub producers, Jonathan Saldanha & Pedro Augusto, turntablist Ignaz Schick, or piano player Gonçalo Moreira. In the visual arts collaborated with Catarina Miranda, Francisco Queimadela & Mariana Caló, Pedro Neves & Mariana Silva, Sara Pereira and developed work for curator Lorenzo Sandoval, and the artist Regina de Miguel.
Artist working with languages that intercept image, gesture, voice, scenography and light, approaching the body as a vessel for the transformation of inner landscapes and mediation of hypnagogic states. Miranda studied Visual Arts, Choreography and Physical Theatre. Her interest in the combination between image with movement and gesture has always been the formal motor for the outcomes of her processes. The choice for plastic aesthetics supports the composition of pictorial and kinetic cosmologies and the appeal for the illusion effect.
Novelist and writer. Born 1984, Ireland, lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Novels: The Readymades (2009) and Oslo, Norway (2015). I am writing the backstory and lore for Seed, a MMO game by Klang Games. I have a monthly column for Contemporary Food Lab. The Readymades will be published in Ireland and the UK by gorse editions in 2018, with an excerpt to be included in 'The Irish Tradition', edited by Rob Doyle (Dalkey Archive Press, 2018).
Graw Böckler is the joint project of Berlin-based artists Ursula Böckler and Georg Graw, who work across video and still photography. In collaboration since 1997 they shoot in a documentary fashion
and dramatize the material during post production. Their artistic work is structured by formats like
music clips, loops, (unauthorized) commercials, how-to-clips, non-narrative-films, video-installations or in photo books. They used to run a plattform for experimental video (raum für projektion). After moving from Cologne to Berlin they became part of the project space „general public“. Their latest curatorial initiative is the „graw böckler garage“.
Anaïs Senli (Barcelona, 1980) is an artist and an independent curator. Senli has participated in numerous exhibitions in Spain and Germany, in spaces like Hangar (ES), Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien (DE), Kunsthaus Erfurt (DE), Haus am Lützowplatz/Studiogalerie (DE), Gallery Wedding (DE), GlogauAir (DE). In Barcelona, she is represented by Sala Parés. She was awarded the first prize at XLVI Premio a la pintura joven (young painters competition) at Galerie Sala Parés, Barcelona, and of the Dorothea Konwiartz Stiftung scholarship in Berlin. With a background in painting, she has come to expand in recent years to video art and installation, while at the same time engaging in curatorial projects. The themes she explores throughout the various branches of her practice are rooted in feminist theory, ecological thought, and science philosophy.
João Dias is an artist focusing on the development of visual languages in border areas. The artist employs strategies of thinking based in traditional mediums like Painting and Drawing to explore contemporary, industrial mediums and materials. Additional relations with sculpture, architecture and archeology practices, the artist reflects on the limits of traditions.
Sound artist and publisher whose work circumscribes both aural and visual, in the form of sound events, installations and printed matter. A graduate from the Fine Arts School in Lisbon, he was also a member of the SciencesPo Program of Experimentation in Art and Politics. Recent projects include several solo and group exhibitions, as well as performing live with Assisted Resonance in Madrid, Ficarra, Paris, Porto, New York and Berlin. Collectively, he runs the small press ATLAS Projectos; and is a member of COYOTE, a cross-cutting collective working on print, film, lectures and other experimental forms.
As a German filmmaker and Visual Artist Nina Bendzko had the chance to work in different environments around the globe. Whether with a camera or a pencil in her hand, the focus is always on human stories and their inquiries about life. Socio-historic struggles, the construction of imaginary worlds or a call to self-reflection in today’s society and landscapes, are just some between many settings of her daily performance.
Visual artist and musician. Her work incorporate songs she creates or songs from others, studying them from a non musical point of view, making installations, musical compositions, performances, publications, videos and animations.
Sandoval works in the crossing points of artistic practice, curatorial processes and spatial design. He holds a B.F.A and has Masters in Photography, Art and Technology from the UPV (Valencia, Spain). He received curatorial prizes such as Inéditos 2011, Can Felipa curatorial prize and Nogueras Blanchard curatorial challenge 2012. He won the art prize 'Generación 2017' presented in La Casa Encendida (Madrid) and the production residency grant ‘V Beca DKV- Álvarez Margaride’, which made possible his solo show ‘Shadow Writing (Algorith /Quipu)’ at LABoral, Gijón. He works regularly with Savvy Contemporary, and District Berlin. In 2018 opened the venue TIER.space together with Benjamin Busch. He is presented a project for Nottingham Contemporary related to the history of the lace production, and is working in a collaboration with Bisagra in LimaSandoval's last project 'Shadow Writing : Lace Variations' opened recently in Lehmann + Silva Gallery in Porto. He is part of Miracle Workers Collective that is preparing the Finnish Pavillion project for the Venice Biennale 2019.
Silvia Converso is a cultural producer with a solid background in literature and a keen interest in architecture and art. She completed her studies in Languages, Literature and Curating in Milan, Berlin and Zurich, focusing on the interdisciplinarity of arts. She worked as project manager for major festivals of arts and literature in Europe. Currently, she is based in Zurich, where she works as communications consultant for art and architecture as well as an independent curator.
A multidisciplinary professional structure, aiming to: offer adequate working conditions to the creative process and research in the territory of contemporary art; strengthen the cultural identity of the population by approaching the artistic community and creating local cultural dynamics. It operates in the facilities provided by Tapada da Tojeira, farmhouse with olive oil press and organic production mode.