About a place we temporarily inhabit. About the anguish of having to fill that place with signifying moments. About preferring not to. About the Bartleby syndrome when applied to life (not art). About laziness as a new avant-garde. An unusual (yet “real”) encounter between the will to do a performance and the will to do nothing. About the gratuity of an inconsequent gesture and the obsession for the search of meanings (therefore: consequences). About a certain 20th century nostalgia that left us with the worst legacy ever – “Be Yourself!” -, and the desire to achieve an immaterial cyborg existence. A “hipster” tribute to banality, emptiness and vacuity. A heartbroken faith towards an attitude that is politically dismissive: they don’t give a shit about the World™. And this is not rhetorics, this is Love™. Moreover, this is about the art of acknowledging the glass being neither half-full nor half-empty. The glass is just a glass. With water.
Along with Realpolitik (2012) and Third Way™ (2013/14), (Artistic) Residency was created during the first experimental phase of the meta-academic project University / Yliopisto, gathering 6 performers, 1 director and documentarist, 1 fashion designer and 1 photographer in a one-month intensive residency divided between two cities: Torres Vedras (ESTUFA – Plataforma Cultural) and Montemor-o-Novo (O Espaço do Tempo). Failure, queer identities, political resignation, radical pedagogies and counter-cultures were researched topics, leading to a collective discussion that was eventually staged in a half/fictional reality show. The live performance was accompanied with a video documentary and a fanzine.
Direction_Rogério Nuno Costa | Performers_André Santos, David Bernardes, Diana Coelho, Marta Coelho, Roger Madureira, Tânia Figueiras Ribeiro | Collaborators_João Garcia Miguel, Tiago Loureiro, António Palma, Peter Shuy, Nuno Miguel, Raquel Matos | Co-production_O Espaço do Tempo | Support_Balleteatro, ESTUFA, Teatro-Cine de Torres Vedras.
Further conceptualization + textual documentation + interview with Rui Matoso [PT only]: HERE.