Dogmas

“Dogma 2005” [Portuguese version here] is a text written in 2005 and presented publicly for the first time in Lisbon in that same year. The text comprises Rogério Nuno Costa’s personal and artistic major statements and constitutes also a sort of “call to order” addressed to all artists from every artistic field. It imposes a negation of the art (and, collaterally, the artist/author) by the means of the Art itself, questioning the limits of authorship, autobiography, context, documentation, conceptuality, fiction, etc. The document has been studied by many scholars and theorists, both in Portugal and abroad; it was thoroughly used in a series of workshops and master classes directed by Rogério Nuno Costa himself (2006/07) [for more info, please check the page Teaching], a 2-years process that led to a whole new curatorial project of its own called “The Spectator’s Opportunity” (2007/08) [for more info, check the page Curating]. Later on, a synthesised version, ironically named “Dogma 2005 explained to children“, was launched. In 2008, Rogério Nuno Costa himself decided to follow Dogma’s rules for the creation of the theatre performance “Espectáculo de Teatro”. The text and its numerous contributions and collaborations is also part of the pedagogical project “University” (2012/2014). As far as 2014, the manifesto has been used by a total of 15 artists and documentarists, who have decided to follow its rules and statements for a specific art piece or series.
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“Third Way” is a fictitious manifest written for the performance MASHUP (Torres Vedras, Portugal, 2009), but its roots are in the theatre solo ESPECTÁCULO DE TEATRO (2008), where the political concepts of “finlandization”, “neutrality” and “Realpolitik” were for the first time adapted to a philosophically and artistically-driven discourse. The text suffered many changes between its first launch and the later re-appearance inside the frame of the project UNIVERSITY (2012/2014) — “Third Way” principles and statements were a major inspiration for the performances ARTISTIC (RESIDENCY) and REALPOLITIK (both premièred in 2012), which lead to the conference-performance THIRD WAY™/KOLMAS TIE™ (2013/2014) after a one-month artistic residency in Helsinki (Finland). The latter was actually promoted and publicised under the scope of the manifest’s central statement: the art of bowing to the East, without mooning the West (an humorous description of the term “finlandization” made by Finnish cartoonist Kari Suomalainen). For the performance, the manifest was re-written and revised in order to function as a sort of program of a post-apocalyptical political party, and to suit a new group of scientific, philosophical and artistic concepts: lo-fi -sophy, laziness’ism, re-re-realism, third way aesth(ethics), 1+1=3 arithm(ethics), quantum fiction, finnlosophy, petabyte age aesthetics, non-human intelligence, neutralism, the “technical tie” era, etc.
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