A collection of video-portraits of artists, depicted as oracles, in dialogue with a suspended sculpture of a double-headed whale figure in sleeping position.

The initiative to portrait different artists, who are filmed moments after being subjected to states of immersion, through physical and sound activation, potentiates the idea of accessing the “black boxes” of these visionary bodies, promoting the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system and the appearance of subconscious speeches.

Seeking to define an axis between the occult interior and a skin contour, in this dynamic dichotomy the body is seen as a cognitive entity, emitter—receiver of a multi-apparitional flux of visions. In an attempt to reclaim the flesh and hypnagogic individual hallucinations, each body is depicted a soothsayer (the one who tells the truth), returning the manifestation of their gestures on camera.

The dialogue between the video-portraits and the moving inflatable sculpture of an exploded whale, opens the imaginary space for a chimeric animal, a science fiction figure who’s moving surface becomes a medium for projection and speculation, a riddle dispositive.

From this dialogue continuous and porous, two distinct objects emerge: the installation POROMECHANICS, a series of video portraits of artists, subjected to states of immersion; in contrast to the dance piece CABRAQIMERA, a choreographic score for a quartet on roller-skates about states of detonation.


Laura Kirschenbaum - still frame


    Ana Isabel Castro, Ana Rita Teodoro, António Pedro Lopes, Marco da Silva Ferreira - still frames


Artistic Direction — Catarina Miranda
Invited Artists (1st round) — Ana Isabel Castro, Ana Rita Teodoro, António Pedro Lopes, Cristina Planas Leitão, Marco da Silva Ferreira, Laura Kirshenbaum
Singers — Cobra'Coral / Ece Canli, Clélia Colonna, Catarina Miranda
Capture & Edition — Catarina Miranda
PRODUCTION & DIFFUSION — Sara Abrantes, Sofia Matos, Joana Silva /Materiais Diversos
Executive Production — Vanda Cerejo
COPRODUCTION — Materiais Diversos (Lisboa/PT), SOOPA (Porto / PT); TMP (Porto / PT); Walk&Talk (Açores/ PT); CND Centre Nacional de la Danse (Paris, France), ICI-CCN Montpellier – Occitanie (as part of Life Long Burning project supported by the European commission — Montpellier / France);
Project funded by DGArtes/ Portuguese Government and by 5 Sentidos Portuguese Cultural Network (C.C. Vila Flor, TAGV, T.M.Guarda, Cine-Teatro Louletano, Teatro Micaelense, T.M.Porto, São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Teatro Nacional São João, Teatro Viriato).

DIFFUSION Portugal 2021/22
27th March — Premiere — TAGV Coimbra
15th April — TMP PORTO
22th May 2021 — Teatro Viriato, Viseu
17th July 2021— Walk&Talk Açores - dtbc
28th January 2022 — TMSão Luís, Lisboa
January 2022 — Guidance, fábrica ASA, Guimarães - dtbc
18th February 2022 — Teatro Louletano - Loulé
26th February — Teatro Municipal da Guarda

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