Written and performed by Rogério Nuno Costa, THIRD WAY™ aims to establish a political party that is trans-universal, post-dogmatic and “Finlandized”: the art of neutrality turned into a spiritual dogma. Or a man falling in love by a country (Finland) for aesthetic reasons only. Despite the title, the performance has nothing to do with a “centrist” political point of view, as it was addressed by Anthony Giddens in its well-known essay The Third Way: The Renewal of Social Democracy; it is rather a philosophical statement, an anti-artistic “call-to-order”, a fictitious arithmetic equation, and a positivist standpoint towards Finland’s political history and its infamous “neutrality” (the project’s subtitle being the humorous description of the term “Finlandization” made by Finnish cartoonist Kari Suomalainen). The performance is actually the introduction to a major project called University/Yliopisto, Rogério Nuno Costa’s ongoing research-oriented cross-disciplinary project, aimed to explore his relationship with a country (its culture, its language, its people, its history) in a both artistic and pedagogical manner. THIRD WAY™ is the first attempt to transform something very personal and almost irrational into a more discursive process of identification and “culturalization”, leading to an aestheticization of the will to “be part of”: learning how to speak Finnish; studying Finland’s history, art, and literature; understanding Finnish cultural mythologies; performing those “typically Finnish” cultural habits, as if it was possible to turn Finland into a concept, or rather an operation — a lens through which we can perceive, in a particular yet utopian way, the world we live in. During 60 minutes, Rogério Nuno Costa [under his Finnish alias Riku Nuutti Koistinen] speaks to an audience of “Mediterranean doomed human beings”, proposing a conceptual loophole through which they can escape the end of times, traveling to a brand new Nordic world where the End (“Fim”, in Portuguese) is lifted to the category of Land (“Lândia”, in Portuguese) — Fim-Lândia being the “End Land”, the ultimate place to be, the Promised Land, the nation where the castaways will be accepted under the scope of an “aesthetic asylum”. Visually, the performance resembles some sort of one-man show meets TED talk meets political assembly, with Rogério Nuno Costa incarnating a strange mixture of spiritual guru, mad scientist, charismatic politician, and cyborg lecturer.
After “Residência (Artística)” and “Realpolitik” (2012), “Terceira Via™” closes the Year Zero (biennium 2012/13) of the macro-project “Universidade/Yliopisto“. “Terceira Via™” aims to establish a political party that is trans-universal, post-dogmatic and Finlandized, providing aesth(ethic) asylum to all Mediterranean species considered clean. In order to attend the conferences and be later tele-transported to the Promised Land, you are requested to present a PIIGS type identification element and to read attentively the hygiene regulations (ISO 1+1=3) at this link.
Installation/Performance/Text: Rogério Nuno Costa | Light Design: Diogo Mendes | Styling/Fashion Design: Jordann Santos | Webstreaming: Daniel Pinheiro | Artwork & Promotional Video: Diogo Mendes | Morphing Picture: António MV & Cátia Pinheiro | Special Participation: Kirsi Poutanen & Ágata Pinho | Translation: Mika Christian Tissari | Finnish Vocalization: Sade Risku | Photographic Documentation: Daniela Silva, Pedro Costa & André Miguel | Production: Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte (Associated Artist) | Support to the artist-in-residence (Porto): Núcleo de Experimentação Coreográfica | Support to the artist-in-residence (Lisbon): EIRA.
Co-production: Circular Associação Cultural, Curtas Metragens CRL, Solar Galeria de Arte Cinemática, with financial support from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Tour: Clube Ferroviário | Silly Season (Lisbon), Galeria ZDB | Rabbit Hole (Lisbon), Teatro Académico Gil Vicente | Festival END | Coletivo 84 (Coimbra), Mala Voadora (Porto), CAAA (Guimarães), Rua das Gaivotas 6 | Teatro Praga (Lisbon), Festival Teatro Construção (Joane), Armazém 22 (Vila Nova de Gaia), Teatro Sá da Bandeira (Santarém), desMOSTRA | Msosteiro São Bento da Vitória, Teatro Nacional São João (Porto).
[Performance spoken in Portuguese, Finnish and Novilingua]