Bio


Rogério Nuno Costa is a Portuguese performance artist, theatre director, actor, dramaturgist, researcher, teacher, curator and writer based in Finland and Portugal. His work revolves around the tension between Art and Communication, Literature and Journalism, Live Theatre/Performance and Documentation. His interest lies more on the by-products of Art making rather than Art as such, suggesting performative/ephemeral actions grounded on archival and other documental operations. His performances, lectures, installations and texts thus explore the fields of theatre, dance, visual arts and text, interconnecting public and private contexts, popular and erudite culture, autobiographical discourses and informational/communicational strategies (social media, guerrilla advertising, conceptual propaganda, piracy). Major in Communication and Journalism, he has studied Contemporary Art History and Contemporary Culture & New Technologies. Often collaborates with theatre, dance, performance and visual artists in Portugal and abroad. Starting in 1999, his work has already been shown in France, UK, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Austria, Serbia, Finland, Romania, USA and Canada, with the support of prestigious art festivals, cultural and academic institutions. Writes for art/culture publications and is often invited to participate in lectures and talks, mainly about documentation practices. He has been teaching, lecturing and directing workshops, seminars and masterclasses in academic institutions such as Escola Superior de Artes e Design (Caldas da Rainha, Portugal), Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (Lisbon, Portugal), Faculdade de Belas Artes (Lisbon, Portugal), Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (Arnhem, The Netherlands) and Faculdade de Letras (Coimbra, Portugal). Currently teaching the Major in Theatre at Universidade do Minho (Guimarães, Portugal). He is one of the Advisors for the ongoing Major and Doctoral projects at Transart Institute (Berlin & New York). Apart from his own performance work, he has been invited to write and direct theatre and dance performances for other artists and companies, also working as a dramaturgist, artistic consultant and editor. He’s the author of the infamous art manifesto Dogma 2005 and the concept books Documentation Project and Big Curator Is Watching You!. Under the alias Chef Rø, he has developed a series of projects where Gastronomy, Art, Science, Anthropology and Philosophy merge: underground dining, show cookings (visual and audio), video-installations, “conceptual” food writing and food performances, collaborating with fashion and culinary blogs and online magazines, chefs/restauranteurs and numerous performing and visual artists interested in the poetics of cooking/eating. Currently doing research within the frame of Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art MA program at Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Finland), developing a series of meta-pedagogical activities concerning his project University/Yliopisto. He is also a member of the Performance Studies Research Group at CEHUM (University of Minho, Portugal). Active collaborator of the theatre company Estrutura, directed by Cátia Pinheiro and José Nunes, taking the roles of artistic consultant, dramaturgist, co-director and performer. Has been leading, since 2015, the Documentation Management (archival and editorial direction) at Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte, contemporary dance company where he is also an Associated Artist. Has curated educational and performing arts programs for Armazém 22 and Forum Internacional de Gaia (Portugal), as well as the annual dance program €UROTRA$H, for Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte. Prepares for 2020 the premiere of a new theatre production titled 1917, the editing of the book “Sistema Infinitamente Imaterial”, and the following of many main and side projects related to the “University/Yliopisto” platform.