Rivoli - Grande Auditório
I - Ali Cherri
"Water Blues"
II - "Hidden Track"
Guan Xiao
III - Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot)
Art Activism in Ancient Greece

Chaired by 

André E. Teodósio


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.

Simultaneous interpretation