Campanha Inaugural
Leiria, 2020

“Campanha Inaugural” (Campaign of Inauguration) is a performance piece for three builders and a drummer (Pedro Marques) in seven acts. As part of the cultural project MAPAS, the performance was developed by Colectivo Til who appropriated seven spaces in the city of Leiria, inaugurating each with a piece, a commemorative plaque and a red ribbon cutting ceremony. The performance’s various pieces remain in place and can be experienced by anyone at any time, aware or unaware of the project. Composing together an urban circuit, these pieces invite people to wander and dialogue with some of the fragments of urbanity’s lost spaces.

Our urban life is made of interruptions, fragments and leftovers that we fail to see, for we are too busy trying to get to our urban life, which normally involves consuming something. Among other things, we consume a particular idea of the “city.” The whole thing repeats itself, this consumption generates more detritus, more leftovers, another fragment. “Campanha Inaugural” is an urban excavation process that mines for places, spaces and ecologies habitually invisible to the city’s everyday. The process involved tracing the same paths that script our urban daily lives, only this time looking sideways, for what is beneath a road, in the shade of an urban plan, behind the views, to what is left behind without people noticing it was left. We face the spaces where urbanization is raw and unforgiving, and left its wounds festering. The continuity of space is a myth, the existence of something like “city” a cloud, but the pulse of nameless matter, that is a reality. Through vulgar paths we tried to signal and inaugurate these urban material actions as “proper” places. The oblivious heritage of urbanity.

Client/Promotor: M.A.P.A.S.
Design/construção: colectivo Til.
Drumming: Pedro Marques
Photography: colectivo Til, Idalécio Francisco

 ~ 2020 | info@otil.pt

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