New Creation – Performance in the natural space
“Controlled designation of origin”

And when I create an environment called
voglio vedere le mie montagne (I want to see my mountains) I mean an inner archetype of the idea of mountain: the mountains of the self.
Joseph Beuys, 1979

In the year of the centenary of the birth of Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), BoCA creates the project “A Defesa da Natureza” (“Defense of Nature”), a collaboration aimed at promoting new artistic creations.
Curated by Delfim Sardo and Sílvia Gomes, “Quero ver as minhas montanhas” (“I want to see my mountains”) counts on the participation of the artists Sara Bichão, Diana Policarpo, Dayana Lucas, Gustavo Sumpta, Gustavo Ciríaco, Musa paradisiaca and Berru.
The premise invites artists to look at Beuys’s legacy while observing their own mountains, their own ‘selves’.
With diverse backgrounds and artistic genres from plastic to the performing arts, each artist is invited to conceive a single intervention to be held by the sea, the river or in a green space, nurturing affinities between art and nature.
Seven unique sessions for every Sunday of the programme, set between Lisbon, Almada and Faro.


Gustavo Sumpta – “Controlled designation of origin”

Durational performance that attempts to answer the question: What unites us besides the language that we speak?
The performer sits at the bottom of the statue of the “Infante” facing the Tejo river. On his waist is a ring like the one used in Olympic gymnastics (hula-hoop), with a diameter of approximately 115 cm. A pair of scissors is hanging from the trousers of the performer by a thread, and a bag with VHS tapes is next to him.
A single gesture, which consists in tying one end of the VHS tape to the hoop and releasing it to the wind so that it never touches the water. With the scissors, the tape is cut so that it can dance in the wind. The end of the tape is once again tied to the hoop and the gesture is repeated.

Curated by:
Delfim Sardo and Sílvia Gomes
Artists: Sara Bichão, Diana Policarpo, Dayana Lucas, Gustavo Sumpta, Musa paradisiaca, Coletivo Berru and Gustavo Ciríaco
Production: BoCA
Partners: Instituto Superior de Agronomia / Centro de Ecologia Aplicada, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia / Universidade Nova CENSE, Universidade do Algarve / CENSE
Support: Centro Cultural de Belém, Liga para a Protecção da Natureza
Institutional Partner: República Portuguesa / Ministério da Cultura


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