Sculpture and performance in an installation. Box to keep the void (3rd February
to 4th March, 2007 at Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa) was a project created by
Fernanda Fragateiro, in which other artists and several institutions cooperated.
It was first mounted in 2005 in the Lar-Escola Santo António, in Viseu,
promoted by Teatro Viriato and after touring the country, it had finally arrived at
It is an installation of a device where the junction between several artistic
approaches is multiplied plastic and performative expression. Like other
sculptures, this box is matter and form, but - with an expression that surpasses
the mere condition of an object - it is also a happening / event. Linking plastic
and bodily expression through dance, it becomes the place to explore the body,
in a process of individual and collective discovery, in which skin and wood meet,
reveal and question each other.
The sculpture presents itself as a closed box, apparently empty; a silent,
uniform, rigorously built and encased wooden box that reveals the knots and
small connecting lines between planes. Slowly it is activated by bodies of two
dancers - one can hear their breath, their rhythm, their pounding, their steps -
that deconstruct it and reveal how, after all, emptiness is full of possibilities, in a
dialogue with the audience through movement and sound.
Dancers and visitors are matter in action and their gestures define space. In the
relation between our body and the body of the dancers with the box, it opens,
folds, unfolds and expands itself. Emptiness after all is full of discoveries and
we experience an environment where we understand that our body is also a
place. The body is the ultimate place.
Three-dimension, tangible, Box to keep the void is a space to explore with all
the senses: seeing, touching, smelling, listening and feeling. This sculpture is
made of a multiplicity of visions, movements, gestures and sounds, which
implicate not only the project itself in its manifold openings, but also the people
in their multiple possibilities of movement. The combination of the two is the
whole. And possible actions are never-ending: to open, to build, to dislocate, to
separate, to do, to open our, to give, to take, to breathe, to laugh, to try, to feel,
to add, to subtract, to think, to change, to repeat, to see.
With the choreographic work of Aldara Bizarro, Box to keep the void is intended
to be a tool for the understanding and perception of space, where the visitor has
an active and creative role, through direct contact with the piece.
The approach of this sculpture as place applies to everyone, but its use as a
workshop was specifically conceived for groups of children between 6 and 12
years old. They can enjoy, for example, a particular experience of notions of
geometry. A geometry far from the one enclosed in books, a geometry one can
touch - when they put their legs into a circular hole the idea of perimeter gains
physicality - in an experience that gives a special meaning to the knowledge
that comes from an artistic experience.