The Laboratory is composed of six seminars, guided by the guests of the 2018 festival’s edition and it will take place over the course of three weeks, between November 10th and December 1st 2018 in Coimbra, Portugal.
In the seminars of the first two weeks, the guest artists will take on the role of facilitators/tutors who bring their own creative practices and methodologies as examples of ways to develop and practice, both dramaturgically and physically, the creative processes of each participant’s project.
The objective is to question the processes that the participants bring with them and to enable the decentralisation of references, to be pierced / exposed / immersed by other practices, near or distant. It seeks to question and even dismember the possibility of assuming a single line of creating and producing knowledge.
In the third week, the seminars are open to local community participation and run on a workshop basis based on specific proposals from the guest artists. Throughout the whole Laboratory participants always have the possibility to choose one of two seminars that run simultaneously, according to their preferences. The seminars are held in the mornings, and afternoons are free for the participants, in workspaces placed at their disposal, to develop – individually or in collaboration – their projects.
At the end of each week, participants can publicly present their processes, in a performative / installation format, in spaces to be chosen in a defined route, and thus experience aspects of their projects with their peers and the public, in order to get some feedback on their proposals.
The Laboratory is permanently accompanied by Doctoral students of Post-Colonial Studies and Global Citizenship of the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra who will promote / provide moments of dialogue among all participants, guest artists and the public of the festival.