VOU A TUA CASA — PROJECTO DE DOCUMENTAÇÃO (2006/07) Going To Your Place — Documentation Project (2006/07)
Cross-disciplinary editorial project aimed to compile a set of documental materials produced and collected during the public presentation of the performing work Vou A Tua Casa/Going To Your Place (2003/2006), a home-delivered theatrical experience comprising three distinct yet complementary performances: the first one happening in the spectator’s houses, the second one in public places chosen by the spectator, the third one in Rogério Nuno Costa‘s own house. Due to its ephemerality, which is its main subject and concept, but also the astonishing number of artists, critics, journalists, researchers, art students, art historians and cultural programmers who got interested by many different aspects of the project throughout the years, I decided to imortalize the memory of an artistic adventure in a concept book and a video faux-documentary. More than a mere speculation about the residues left by a particularly fragile performance, this “documentation project” is built upon the documentary practice itself, especially when applied to the performing arts field, hence operating critically in such concepts as: memory, intimacy, public/private space, site-specificity and autobiography. Through the invitation of a vast group of collaborators from numerous artistic and para-artistic fields (who contributed both visually, textually and conceptually to the book and the documentary) and the insertion of new materials and testimonies (from people who haven’t seen any of the performances, for instance), this project has gained its own autonomy, despite the fact that it is inspired by “Going To Your Place”. Six years after the end of the trilogy, the “catalogue” retraces the geo-emotional path wandered by an artist, a performance and its viewers, visiting the towns of Lisbon, Torres Vedras, London, Oporto, Hamburg, Covilhã, Berlin, Braga, Caldas da Rainha, Évora, Arnhem and Amares. It also offers the reader/viewer a range of theoretical approaches to some of the most important subjects that affect nowadays’ contemporary art thinking and practice.