Ana Isabel Castro, Ana Rita Teodoro, António Pedro Lopes, Cristina Planas Leitão, Marco da Silva Ferreira

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

POROMECHANICS refers to a branch of physics that studies the behavior of fluid-saturated porous media. In this project specifically, the term is used as a reflection about the continuous and porous movement between states of vision/possession and creation/speech.


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 this sense, the proposal reclaims the flesh and individual hypnagogic hallucinations of each artist, returning the manifestation of their gestures on camera, depicted as soothsayers (the ones who tell the truth).

The initiative to capture on film, the result of “dream-like” states, 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, where the experience of cognition is primarily physical and senseless.

Double-headed whale

The moving inflatable sculpture represents

a post-atomic animal that outlives endangerment.

Positioned in the general sleeping behavior

(in the vertical) this surface is a double metaphor for a leviathan that dreams and transits between hypnagogic and hypnopompic states, as well as for the image of a missile, a potential object ready to be dropped on a target.

The dialogue between the oracular video-portraits and the moving inflatable sculpture opens the imaginary space for a chimeric animal, a science fiction figure who’s moving surface becomes a medium for projection and speculation, from the gestures

of the represented artists — a riddle dispositive.

Flesh as cargo-cult

The main reflection of this project is to reclaim the flesh as cargo-cult, as well as the ideas, possessions and hypnagogic visions of the individual. The way the installation is set up enhances the manifestations of these 7 portrayed artists within a video-collection, a kind of common glossolalia or senseless hive mind to be interpreted or speculated about. In essence, all is interpretative, all is creative, all is cognition, balancing a space between self and the world. The outcome portraits are not controlled in their actions, on the contrary, these manifestations are unexpected, as vulnerability is more pronounced in moments of change or instability.

Laura Kirshenbaum


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, Volmir Cordeiro.

Executive Production — Joana Cardoso

PRODUCTION & DIFFUSION — Sara Abrantes/ Materiais Diversos

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).


27th-28th April 2021— Premiere — DDD Festival, TMPorto (dates tbc)

30th April 2021— Abril Dança Festival, Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, Coimbra

2nd June 2021 — Cine-Teatro Louletano 

8th-18th July 2021 — Walk&Talk Festival— Teatro Micaelense/ Azores (dates tbc)

28th January 2022 — São Luiz Teatro Municipal, Lisbon

Dates to be confirmed — Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães; Teatro Municipal da Guarda; Teatro Viriato, Viseu 



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