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April 16, 2021

Porto Summer School on Art & Cinema: Survivance

School of Arts at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto

[1] Porto Summer School on Art & Cinema, 2019. [2] Kleber Mendonça Filho, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy, and Sónia Vaz Borges. [3] Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Elizabeth Povinelli, Marinho de Pina, and Filipa César.

The Porto Summer School on Art & Cinema is an advanced course in arts and cinema, combining critical thinking with film and contemporary art. The diversity of research and creative approaches, as well as the main challenges of our shared historical present, will be discussed by a group of artists and filmmakers together with thinkers, scholars and activists.

In 2021, the summer school, curated by Daniel Ribas, Filipa César and Nuno Crespo, will work with the core concept of “Survivance” and will be organized by the School of Arts in cooperation with Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and its ongoing project New Alphabet School (2019–22).

For one week, guests and participants will unfold how modes of “Survivance” can produce creative forms for subverting violence in challenging times of severe sociopolitical and ecological injustice. Moreover, “Survivance,” as coined by Native American scholar Gerald Vizenor, will be discussed from the perspective of the ones often unaccounted for or ignored, both then and now, the colonized peoples whose rejection of victimry is articulated with gestures of empowerment through art, politics and collective practices. We propose operating the various meanings of this concept in our shared present and address the paradigm shift of geopolitics, recognizing the worlds within our world and bringing forward the learning with communities from places such as Australia, South America, and Africa.

The Porto Summer School on Art & Cinema 2021 will gather artists and thinkers as researchers and activists whose performative practices of “Survivance” unearth memories and experiences of colonial violence and ecological disaster. For this year’s edition, we have confirmed: Ariella Azoulay, Elizabeth Povinelli, Filipa César, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Lilia Moritz Schwarcz, Marinho de Pina, New Alphabet School (HKW), Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy, Sérgio Vadinho, and Sónia Vaz Borges.

The Summer School will also have a free and open program, mostly comprised of screenings and exhibitions from artists and filmmakers present in Porto. This program is offered to the city and its lively cultural audience.

Key points
–An international summer school aimed at artists and filmmakers
–A faculty composed of internationally recognized artists/directors and academics/thinkers
–An intensive regime, for a week, with contact with several creative agents of contemporary cinema
–Use of the technical and artistic resources of the School of Arts (material for capturing images and sound, post-production laboratories for image and sound, exhibition space, library)
–The Summer School will take place in various cultural spaces of the city (Serralves, Municipal Gallery, Teatro Rivoli).
–The city of Porto, as a tourist destination of great cultural impact

The Porto Summer School on Art & Cinema 2021 is organized by the School of Arts at Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Porto, in cooperation with the New Alphabet School (Haus der Kulturen der Welt), with the support of the Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts and the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

More information and applications here.

For further information please contact: summerschool.arts [​at​] porto.ucp.pt.

School of Arts at Catholic University of Portugal
The School of Arts (SoA) offers an intense cultural program, with artists in residence (in 2020 Ben Russel and Vasco Araújo; former residents include Nuno da Luz, Ana Vaz, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Salomé Lamas and Yohei Yamakado), a cycle of conferences with special guests (artists, filmmakers, scholars), and a periodic calendar of exhibitions at the School’s exhibition space (since 2018, the School presented exhibitions by Francisco Tropa, João Paulo Serafim, Salomé Lamas, Mariana Caló & Francisco Queimadela, Nuno da Luz, Julião Sarmento, Jonathan Saldanha and Guido Guidi). Also, its Research Center for the Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR) has a plan of activities closely related to the School and it is funded by ongoing projects and by the government institution the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

The SoA is currently accepting applications for its Master and PhD programs, as well as accepting international applications for its Bachelor programs.

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