RE.ACT 2017
AZORES ISLANDS

In the contemporary art context Re.act 2017 will work as a laboratory for the resident artist to explore the paradigma of being in a different layer, entering a specific place lost in space and time in relation to the social contemporary scenario.  In a context of transformation of human perception influenced by the digital innovations of our society, a dialogue is created between the post-digital era and the organic essence of our natural being, immersed in an electronic environment. Those elements symbiotically contribute to drive the body to its ancient basic elements of human existence although constantly perceived by technology. The "digital act" contrasts and coexists with our human nature in an eternal cross communication. The continuous influence of our own accelerated pace, propagates in a new paradigm of new media and digital realities that alters our perception of time, space and reality, in contrast to the availability of a sensory contemplation.
In the fast-paced frenzy that drives our contemporary societies, where thoughts and impulses are beamed by way of artificial communication  and express the paramount need to scroll through the snippets of information that make up the latest trends, the current post-digital, new-media generation is faced with the unprecedented shift from direct life experience to an artificial way of connecting/disconnecting with the natural/analogical world. This loss of sensorial reference and contemplation is increasingly contributing to distance human beings from the elements of the natural world. In this dazzling new reality, the pictorial tradition of landscape painting no longer seems apt to capture the intricate web of new significations emerging from cityscapes in the age of the global city. In an archipelago In the middle of the Atlantic, connected to the idea of Atlantis, described by Plato, 7 contemporary artist shall work inside this matrix in a dialogue between matter/non-mater and in permanent laboratory in a apparently neutral territory for exploration and co-relations between different layers of reality and post-reality.


THE CONTEXT
AZORES

The Azores are a group of nine islands in the Atlantic Ocean and are an autonomous region of Portugal. It is an ultra peripheral area of the European Union.

Latest census data reports just over 250,000 residents live on the islands. Estimates are that more than 2,000,000 emigrants and their descendants live off the islands, primarily in the United States, Canada, Brazil, and mainland Europe.

These volcanic islands are situated in the northern Atlantic, about 1,500 km (950 mi) from the western edge of the Iberian Peninsula and about 3,900 km (2,400 mi) from North America. Seismic activity, though rare, still occurs on occasion.

The Azores islands have a subtropical climate with high humidity and often experience fluctuations in weather patterns.

The official language in Azores is Portuguese. On most of the nine islands, the variety of Portuguese spoken is similar to an archaic form of European Portuguese due to when it was discovered. Each island is an exception and has its own distinct accent. The dialect spoken by many of the inhabitants of the largest island, Sao Miguel, is where the many individuals employ a local "Micaelense" dialect [1] very unlike that found on the Portuguese mainland. In fact, even the people from Mainland Portugal and the other Azorean islands find it difficult to understand them at first. For those visiting the Azores on holiday, however, the good news is that most of the people involved with tourism speak at least enough English to be able to communicate with tourists.

These being volcanic islands, in many places the terrain is steep and rugged. The roads wind around very steep hillsides. Cycling around the islands is possible if you are in great shape, and don't mind a lot of hill climbing.

This is a great place for going around island to island and even town to town by boat. Almost every town is on the shore and most have ports. One of the best known sailing ports in the world is Horta, on Faial Island. There is a large and fully equipped marina that has catered for many famous boats and regattas. The marina is ideally placed in downtown Horta. Some other islands have marinas, like Terceira and São Miguel. Even when a marina is not present many of the larger villages have a harbour suitable for mooring a sailboat or yacht.

The islands are also a resort area, although there is volcanic activity. The United States maintains a NATO air base in Terceira island. 

The Azores may have been known to the ancients and were included on a map in 1351. Portuguese sailors reached them in 1427 or 1431, but colonization did not begin until 1445 under Diogo de Sevilha or Gonçalo Velho Cabral (who may have been there in 1431). During the colonial period, the Azores were a stopover point for treasure fleets returning from the New World, and many ships were lost there due to hurricanes or pirates. The islands were used as a place of exile and were also the site of naval battles between the English and the Spanish. In the 19th cent. they were used by supporters of Maria II against Dom Miguel. In the 20th cent., there has been a

REFERENCE LINKS

http://www.visitazores.com/pt-pt
http://www.azores.com
https://portugal.com/portugal/places/azores

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Terceira Island

HISTORY

This island was named “Ilha de Jesus Cristo” by the Portuguese seamen during its recognition period. The settlement begins in 1450, with the concession by Infante D. Henrique of a captaincy to the Flemish Jácome de Bruges. The first settlements are located in the areas of Porto Judeu and Praia da Vitória and without delay extended themselves to the rest of the island.

Initially, with an economy based in the agricultural production, mainly of cereals, the export of woad, a dye plant, Terceira begins to have an important role in the navigation of the 15th and 16th centuries as port of call for the vessels that brought treasures from America and for the galleons from India.

In this period Terceira is a “warehouse” for gold, silver, diamonds and spices from other continents that attract French, English and Flemish privateers to attack Terceira’s coasts during several centuries.

The throne succession of the Spanish King Filipe II, in 1580, and the side of D. António, Prior do Crato, who lived in Terceira and coined money, taken by Terceira inhabitants, was the main cause of attempts of conquest by the Spanish. The first disembark of Spanish troops takes place in 1581 and the Spanish are totally defeated in the Salga Battle, in which participated the writers Cervantes and Lope de Vega. In 1583, Spanish forces that were much more superior than the local ones, and commanded by D. Álvaro de Bazan, winner of the Lepanto Battle, were able to dominate the island after violent combats.

Until 1460 Terceira is a port of call for the Spanish galleons that bring great treasures from Peru and Mexico. With the Restauration, the Spanish are expelled from the island and life goes back to normal. The island remains with its position as an economical, administrative and religious centre of the Azores until the beginning of the 19th Century.

The Liberal Wars allowed Terceira to have once more an important role in Portugal’s History. Supporter of the Liberal Party since 1820 and after several ups and downs, there is a turn in 1828, in which the Absolutists are dominated and Terceira is transformed in the main base for the liberals. In front of the village of Praia takes place in 1829 a violent naval battle, in which the “Miguelistas” forces are defeated. Afterwards, follows the installation of the regency on the island and posterior conquest of the other islands of the archipelago for the Liberal cause. From Terceira’s departs to the Mainland, in 1832, the fleet and the army and, after disembarking in Mindelo, proclaim the Constitutitional Charter.

The end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th century are characterized by a progressive reduction of Terceira’s importance in the Archipelago. The construction of the port at Praia da Vitória, the important air base, the commercial port open new perspectives of development on the island.


GEOGRAPHY

The island has an elliptic form, with a surface of 381,96km2, with a length of 29 km and a maximal width of 17,5 km. A plain, with the soft prominence of Serra do Cume, dominates the most western point of the island. The central zone is marked by the great and low crater of Guilherme Moniz caldera and by numerous craters with small lakes. On the eastern side raises a volcanic cone with a huge caldera, Serra de Santa Bárbara, with a maximal altitude of 1023m. It is located at 27º 10’ W longitude and 38º 40’ N latitude.


PLACES TO VISIT

ANGRA DO HEROÍSMO’S HISTORICAL CENTRE
In 1983, Angra do Heroísmo, the main urban centre of Terceira, was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. We suggest a walk in the historical centre.

PRAIA DA VITÓRIA’S MAIN CHURCH
From the religious architecture stands out the Main Church with ogival porches and “manueline” chapels. From the civil architecture stands out the Town Hall, whose building is dated from the 16th century. We suggest a walk in this area.

ALGAR DO CARVÃO VULCANO
Located in the interior of the island, “Caldeira Guilherme Moniz” is a volcanic chimney, that was not completely filled with lava. In its interior the walls and the vault are covered with silica stalactites and on the floor there are stalagmites

 CHURCH OF “S. SEBASTIÃO”
Church with gothic portals and in its interior a big fresco, constituted by five panels representing St. Martin, Saint Barbara, apparition of Jesus to Magdalena, St Sebastian, St. Joachim and SaintAnne.

BISCOITOS
It is an important wine zone that produces the famous “Biscoito’s Verdelho”. We suggest a visit to the Wine Museum, the bathing zone with natural swimming pools, where the black of the lava and the blue of the see stand out.

GROTA DO MEDO
Archeological  Place within the Island Parimeter

 


THE re.function
RESIDENCE

More than a concept or technique, refunction is a way of life and as such can adapt to numerous areas and spaces. There is a strong connection to art, culture, well-being, ecology, organic farming and alternative and rural tourism. It is these values that prevail in the universe of refunction, whose vision and objective is to constitute itself as an international center of transdisciplinary innovation. The mission of re.function is to support artists who associate with the residence, add value to sustainable projects and involve the local population in the manifold platforms in manifests. The project goals are creating experiences as well for the artists and population, boosting tourism, creating an artistic and cultural exchange, nationally and internationally. Bring artists in general and create a new niche market. To value the city of Angra and its heritage, placing it on the map of contemporary international art. Besides the residence space there is also Re.Act Studio, and artist run space t that aims to stimulate the context of art in the Azores, promoting awareness and experimentation, valuing people and respecting the values of diversity and cultural pluralism.bringing  the population closer to contemporary culture and new social paradigms., supporting artists who join the re.function residence, throughout their creative process and also increasing the capture and interest of the population by creating a platform for interaction with the world of contemporary art.


The Museum

The Angra do Heroismo Museum was created in 1949 and it was established since 1969 in he former S. Francisco Convent. In 2016, a new facility was included, with the opening of the Military History Center Manuel Coelho Baptista de Lima, based in the former 18th century Boa Nova Military Hospital, that gave shelter to the museum’s impressive military assets. 

This is a historical overview museum that tries to reflect the history and culture of the island community, proposing itself not just a place of memory but of also as knowledge center, allowing enjoyment and promoting change. Its identity is built on the richness and diversity of its assets, which are studied and made accessible to the public along the year, with the aim of seducing old and new audiences, contributing therefore for the community education.

PLANTS


ARTISTS

Antonio Bokel
www.antoniobokel.com.br

Ivan Divanto
www.divanto.it

Gabriela Maciel
www.gabrielamaciel.net

Gioia Di Girolamo
www.gioiadigirolamo.it

Paulo Arraiano
www.pauloarraiano.com

Paulo Ávila Sousa
www.instagram.com/pauloavilasousa

Patric Sandri
www.patricsandri.com

Maurizio Viceré
www.akavice.eu


CONDITIONS

RESIDENCE PERIOD

19th Of  September to  02nd Of Octover

TIMETABLE

Arrival (1 day)
Adaptation Period (3 days)
Boat Trip to S.Jorge (1 day)
Production / Insllation (8 days)
Check Out (1 day)

BUDJET

he re.act invites the artists to this residence, ensuring the following expenses: 
Travel expenses within the pre-established dates.
Travel / transportation in Terceira Island Room at re.function art residence
Meals are served at a particular site or pre-determined a daily value
Budget for acquiring materials, as well as access to tools,and other necessary equipment.
Project Catalog about the residence and exhibition space of the Museum
Boat trip to S. Jorge (Fajã do Santo Cristo)
Registration, Communication and PR


FOR FURTHER ENQUIRES PLEASE CONTACT

Paulo Ávila Sousa
refunctionproject@gmail.com