Fogo Island Dialogues: Atlantic Codes

November 8 to 9
Lisbon, Portugal
Free and open to all

Fogo Island Arts presents Fogo Island Dialogues: Atlantic Codes, a two-day gathering of interdisciplinary thinkers who delve into the workings of economy, ecology, travel and dominion across the Atlantic using artistic and scientific means.

Launched in 2013, the Fogo Island Dialogues is a series of conversations that bring together leading artists, professionals, researchers and makers to address issues of vital contemporary importance. The constant point of return for this edition of the Dialogues is the Atlantic Ocean near which we gather. The Atlantic is understood not only as a place but as processes (of making, knowing, wondering and destroying) that have connected very distant locations. As notions of “Europe” are being debated and reshaped, this is also an opportunity to reimagine transnational but also trans-local networks linking Canada and Portugal; new networks forged from the old.

Following previous editions on Fogo Island, in Chicago, New York, Berlin, and Vienna, the 2019 Fogo Island Dialogues will take place in Lisbon, across the storied ocean from Fogo Island.

The constant point of return for this edition of the Dialogues will be the Atlantic Ocean near which we gather. The Atlantic is understood not only as a place but as processes (of making, knowing, wondering and destroying) that have connected very distant locations. As notions of “Europe” are being debated and reshaped, this is also an opportunity to reimagine trans-national but also trans-local networks linking Canada and Portugal; new networks forged from the old.

Connected by Atlantic cod fishing economies for centuries, Newfoundland and Portugal have shared ways of knowing embodied in “hand-lining,” fishing from small punts or dories, and salting cod. They also share unresolved questions: If entire economies, ecologies and forms of making were shaped by the presence of abundant cod in the North Atlantic, binding distant communities, what is to be made of the accelerated extraction which depleted Atlantic cod populations to the point of near extinction in the last century? What features of today’s economy, politics and culture remain embedded in the asymmetrical models of exchange imposed by Portuguese-, Spanish-, Dutch-, English- and French-speaking powers around the Atlantic Ocean? Given the violence and trauma of many processes that constitute the Atlantic, how to navigate between the need to remember and mourn and the desire for renewal and progress?

Gathering distinguished authors—grounded in diverse disciplines and variably connected to Lisbon and Fogo Island—Atlantic Codes is a collective attempt to cohere common threads, storylines, algorithms or ways of moving and making.

Participants:

Leonor Antunes

Nadia Belerique

Jürgen Bock

Paul Dean

Manthia Diawara

Ângela Ferreira

Marina Fokidis

Fabrizio Gallanti

Laurent Gutierrez

João Laia

João Mourão & Luís Silva

Amy Rowsell

Manuela Ribeiro Sanches

Nicolaus Schafhausen

Walter Scott

Monika Szewczyk

André Tavares

Gaëtane Verna


PROGRAM
With Walter Scott (artist) as principal witness

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Sala Polivalente

5:00 pm Introduction
Fabrizio Gallanti (Founding Principal, Fig Projects, Montreal), Nicolaus Schafhausen (Strategic Director, Fogo Island Arts and Shorefast) and Monika Szewczyk (Director, De Appel, Amsterdam)

5:30 pm Keynote Dialogue
Gaëtane Verna (Director of The Power Plant, Toronto)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Auditorium at Padrão dos Descobrimentos

10:00 am – 12:15 pm Art Initiatives Worth Their Salt
Jürgen Bock (Maumaus/Lumiar Cité), Marina Fokidis (Kunsthalle Athena/South as a State of Mind), Amy Rowsell (Shorefast), João Mourão & Luís Silva (Kunsthalle Lissabon) and Nicolaus Schafhausen (Fogo Island Arts) exchange strategies.

3:00 – 5:30 pm The Science of Atlantic Storytelling
Leonor Antunes (artist), Nadia Belerique (artist), Paul Dean (geologist), Manthia Diawara (film essayist), Ângela Ferreira (artist), Laurent Gutierrez/MAP Office (artist-architect), João Laia (curator), Manuela Ribeiro Sanches (scholar) and André Tavares (architect) take turns sharing oceanic experiences.

6:00 pm Exhibition Opening at Lumiar Cité
Tonio Kröner: Vou-Ihes contar uma história de amor Halfway down the stairs

Atlantic Codes is a project organized by FIA Advisory Board members Monika Szewczyk and Fabrizio Gallanti and is presented with the support of Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon Architecture Triennale, Maumaus/Lumiar Cité and Padrão dos Descobrimentos. Fogo Island Arts is grateful to Elisa Nuyten and David Dime for their generous support of Fogo Island Dialogues: Atlantic Codes.

Details subject to change.
Free and open to all but space is limited.