with Fernanda Eugenio and Sílvia Pinto Coelho


Among the many and varied practices we have to place ourselves in a state of active listening, research and creation, this workshop tries to activate as hypothesis the possibility of sensorial isolation, delimiting a temporary zone of attention. The curiosity of perception and the creation of nexuses in an incipient state constitute the focus of the research.


To inhabit an already-constituted field involves a process of delicate and re-situated adjustment and engagement in each step of the way. Something like oiling and tuning the machine while we use it: a labour of careful tuning. Sometimes, this process already inhabits us. In this case, the work to be done may be to recognize what is already in progress and to explore, attentively, the generated images and imagination.


Practices of Attention is the name given by Sílvia Pinto Coelho to a set of propositions that she has been developing from methods of looking at everyday choreography. Within the scope of AND Lab, these practices of attention are aligneg with the practices of attention proposed by Modus Operandi AND, combining different exercises for the inventory of what-is-already-there, in that diffuse zone that we call 'before', looking if and into how we (continue to) begin and researching preparation tactics.


Both Fernanda Eugénio and Sílvia Pinto Coelho investigate different ways of looking at these processes as a decantation dramaturgy: everything 'can' (happen), but between what 'can' (happen) and what actually becomes possible, what is revealed and relevant, both individually and collectively?


These workshops usually take place in the context of AND Summer Schools, as preparatory work at the beginning of each day. They are also sometimes offered autonomously.

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