May I dance ?

May I dance ? is a short video-dance piece based on the recording of ordinary movements that were not previously rehearsed nor based on an existing music. The impossible choreography was constructed by a multi-track chroma editing process, fragmenting the performer’s identity. It is influenced by noise, punk, hip-hop, glam disco and a desire to experiment an aesthetics of failure. It is intended to be shown both as an installation and a single channel experimental film.

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Director: Vasco Diogo
Director Biography

Born in 1970 in Lisbon. Experimental Director, Performer, Video Artist,
New Media and Cinema Assistant Professor at University of Beira Interior (Covilhã-Portugal).
Arts and Communication Researcher. Communication Sciences PhD by Universidade Nova de Lisboa:
“Video: Specificity, Hibridity and Experimentation” (scholarship by Foundation for Science and Technology – FCT), 2008.
Degree in Sociology and Master Degree in Social Sciences: aesthetics and ideology in Portuguese Cinema.
Former actor and co-creator at Projecto Teatral – Acarte/Maria Madalena Azeredo Perdigão Award, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2003 .
Since 2000 produces experimental single channel videos, multimedia performances and video installations shown at several galleries, exhibitions, theatres and international festivals in Portugal, France, Germany, USA, Netherlands, Belgium, Serbia, Canada, Brazil, India, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden and Spain.
Other areas of work: drawing, photography, poetry, electro-acustic music, mixed media.

Director Statement

I consider myself a beginning artist with a beginner’s mind. Most of
the time I don’t know exactly what I’m doing except for the fact that
I’m working in a flux of expanded consciousness quite different from
ordinary life. In spite of that, I like to work on the blurring of
frontiers between life and art by including processes and actions that
were always available to my intuition and judgment. It’s probably
only a matter of listening to “silence”. Accordingly, improvisation and
indetermination are constant ludic concerns in the processes I like to
work with. Moreover, an outsider, primitive or raw creation spirit
always drove my urge to make things, both in video art as in
performance art or mixed media. But, on the other side, I’m strongly
influenced by the language of experimental cinema and video art, not
only as a viewer but also as an academic researcher and teacher. That
led me to a growing conceptualization of my work regarding issues of
medium specificity (mainly related to video art) such as technology
co‐creative determination, temporality, manipulation, self
documentation, the body as language, the hybridization between
image, sound and real space and the viewer’s implication in the
work. These are all “serious” things which I like to explore with a
good sense of humour keeping in mind “classical” artistic values such
as image composition, color, form, rythm, etc. All intuition is also a
matter of perception and all perception is also a matter of reasoning.
This principle works both for the single channel videos I make but
also for the installations and “live video performances”. These
diferent forms of expression I’ve been using share a common
characteristic: making us listen, see and feel impossible, more than
beautiful, things while believing in their hidden, spiritual truth. That
is my permanent sanctuary now: real irreality.

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