Generative Indirections is an international meeting for artists and researchers, it took place in Montemor-o-Novo (september 2013). To avoid the franchising of an anglo-saxon epistemology, we have decided to create a dialogue between Performance Studies and three texts written in different types of Portuguese, from three different parts of a post-colonial world: Portugal, Brazil and Angola. Necessarily contradictory and idealistic, all of them question, simultaneously, ways of production of knowledge and the worlds it builds. They invite us to think about the premisses of contemporaneity, in Portuguese, from a non Euro-centric perspective. ‘Neo Animist Decalogue', by Ruy Duarte de Carvalho (Angola), refers this type of ecologies by questioning the urgency of the western humanistic paradigms – rationalist, positivist e eurocentric.
Vast Namibe is a beautiful book of photographs by Jorge Ferreira “on landscapes, people, animals and plants in the province of Namibe” with text and captions by Cristina U. Rodrigues and graphic design of João Ribeiro Soares.
Ruy Duarte de Carvalho, who recently left this world, lived a life associated to traveling, which incidentally is one of the favorite themes of his books - a production that goes beyond a dozen, including poetry, fiction and essay. With the course of agricultural regent, which he concluded in 1960, went through big part of the Angolan territory working on coffee plantations and also in traditional agro-pastoral production, taking care of sheep in Caranculo, in the (then) province of Moçâmedes, now Namibe.
And I believe, having arrived at this point in life, that I can’t stop wanting to understand that the world, all over and not just here, conspires and produces utilizing always, or almost always, the use and abuse of others’ good faith. I’m afraid I will never be able, even oldish, to resign to this and become the subject well done, dissimulated, pirate, adaptable and finally adapted, that never, throughout my entire life, have I managed to be.
It's not up to the neo-animists to invent anything or to feel forced to do so. On the contrary it is to insist on the evocation of all knowledges and on the review of all data, documents and materials available. They might reveal other answers, having both time and situation changed, that go beyond those found by former researchers or even by those who collected them or put them in order.
To western architects such as me, who have been developing their work as project designers or researchers in Angola, the issue that strikes us the most is the apparent conflict opposing Luanda to the rest of the Angolan territory.