Porto Summer School on Art & Cinema 
5-9 JUL 2021 · Porto, Portugal

Curated by Filipa César, Nuno Crespo and Daniel Ribas

Organized by the School of Arts at Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Porto, in cooperation with the New Alphabet School (Haus der Kulturen der Welt).
With the support of the Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts and the FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology.




The artists and curators confirmed so far for the 3rd edition are:

Ariella Aïsha Azoulay
Elizabeth Povinelli
Filipa César
Matías Piñeiro
Marinho de Pina
New Alphabet School 
Patricia Ferreira Pará Yxapy
Sérgio Pereira
Sónia Borges
Vadinho da Costa

The Summer School intends to be an advanced course of new practices of cinema, combining a critical thought with the contact with great creators of film and contemporary art. The diversity of procedural approaches, as well as the decisive themes of the present world, will be presented by directors/artists of great international relevance, assisted by thinkers, critics and academics who will discuss the work developed during the week. The Summer School is structured in six days, and each day is dedicated to one of the directors/artists who, at different times and with different structures, will be in direct contact with the participants, in a creative and informal environment.

Besides the workshops, the Summer School has also an open program, mostly comprised of screenings and exhibitions openings from the directors or artists present in Porto. This program is offered to the city and its lively cultural audience.

For one week, guests and participants will unfold how modes of “Survivance” can produce creative forms for subverting violence in challenging times of severe sociopolitical and ecological injustice. Moreover, “Survivance,” as coined by Native American scholar Gerald Vizenor, will be discussed from the perspective of the ones often unaccounted for or ignored, both then and now, the colonized peoples whose rejection of victimry is articulated with gestures of empowerment through art, politics and collective practices. We propose operating the various meanings of this concept in our shared present and address the paradigm shift of geopolitics, recognizing the worlds within our world and bringing forward the learning with communities from places such as Australia, South America, and Africa.


Key Points

  • An international summer school aimed for artists and filmmakers.
  • A faculty composed of internationally recognized artists/directors and academics/thinkers.
  • An intensive regime, for a week, with contact with several creative agents of contemporary cinema.
  • Use of the technical and artistic resources of the School of Arts (material for capturing images and sound, post-production laboratories for image and sound, exhibition space, library).
  • The Summer School will take place in various cultural spaces of the city (Serralves, Municipal Gallery, Teatro Rivoli)
  • The city of Porto, as a tourist destination of great cultural impact.


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