Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal
3- 8 September
"We are societies of the living and the dead."
"The sea is history."
"In fact, staying with the trouble requires learning to be truly present, not as a vanishing pivot between awful or edenic past and apocalyptic or salvatic futures."
We would like to invite you on a journey. Not to cross the ocean but to plumb its surface. Forget the solid and luminous history of continents and their lighthouses that tear into the night with dazzling certitudes. Enter instead into the soft shadow of the depths, on the other side of the opaque mirror of water, into an endlessly changing landscape that ignores the old borders and bodily limits. Liquid movement of subversion, waves of voices as well as radio waves, telepathy. Space is the place. This is the place for no monuments other than the bones of those thrown overboard. Migrants whose only compass is despair, pregnant slave women who fertilize the ocean depths. The land of this other planet, so close, engenders aliens whom we make our kins, as yesterday's dead will become the allies of our struggles. The drowned and anonymous Maroon breathes into his conch shell the call to revolt. Do you hear it?
The immense poet Derek Walcott has just left us and it is in his protective shadow that we invite you to participate this year at the Docs Kingdom seminar, which will run from the 3rd through the 8th of September in Arcos de Valedevez, Portugal. For five days, sharing films, voices and sounds, we will people the depths of the ocean with new legends.
Featuring (among others to be announced) the collectives formed by Graeme Thomson & Silvia Maglioni, Margarida Mendes & Inhabitants (Pedro Neves Marques and Mariana Silva), Saguenail & Regina Guimarães, The Otolith Group (Anjalika Sagar and Kodwo Eshun).
Programmed by Filipa César, Nuno Lisboa, Olivier Marboeuf