The opening session, organized across three acts, introduces some of the main ideas and issues to be discussed during the week in the Fórum do Futuro. On a journey through different stories, memories and ghosts around swamps and other spaces that convey the periphery of human existence, the artist Ali Cherri will present Water Blues, a reflection on how mud fascinates as both material and metaphor. Its tranformation into material for construction is a process as old as humanity. Hidden Track, the work by the artist, Guan Xiao – who poetically choreographs images and universes in an overlay of historical and artistic references – imagines the body and humanity as figures that persist over time and which converge in certain forms, fragments and futures. Artist and political activist Nadya Tolokonnikova, co-founder of the Pussy Riot group, will start from the idea that Ancient Greece is the motherland not only for written, academic philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, but also for a tradition of practical philosophy, philosophy of action, that includes Heraclitus, Diogenes or Socrates. What’s the use of thinking without a corresponding action? In this talk moderated by the artist and member of the Teatro Praga, André e. Teodósio, Tolokonnikova – who was arrested for his “punk prayer” in a Moscow cathedral – argues that knowledge alone is unable to engender wisdom. The essence of wisdom lies in action – works are actions, writings are emanations.