Identity, Memory,
at Castro Marim

The PARTICULAR UNIVERSAL project is centered on the Castro Marim Municipality, where between December 2021 and September 2023 a series of artistic co-creation activities related to themes of identity, memory and soundscapes will take place. 

The project includes several different work modules revolving around complementary concepts and strategies, such as (among others), the creation of a sound archive, a community archive for the “Voices of Memory”, and several themed artistic residencies directed towards Portuguese, Norwegian and international creators with a look towards creating and presenting theatrical works, new music and sound-art.


Se fosse um arquivo: viagem poética em Castro Marim⁣

September 5, 2023

This Saturday (September 9th), Teatro do Vestido presents its latest itinerant creation in Castro Marim. The journey will have a duration of approximately 5 hours and includes a meal.

The show will incorporate routes on foot and by bus, allowing participants to explore different facets of the city. The meeting point will be at Praça 1º de Maio, in Castro Marim. The audience is encouraged to bring comfortable footwear, bottled water and outerwear.

Free entry.

To guarantee your participation in this event, reservations can be made through the e-mail, or through the Posto de Turismo de Castro Marim.

Recap - Clara Cortes Garcia residency

August 7, 2023

Clara Cortes Garcia (1990) is a multidisciplinary artist born in Barcelona whose main subject is water. She has done projects, solo and group performances/ exhibitions/ shows/ installations in Barcelona, Berlin, Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, Taiwan, Iceland and Tokyo. Her work is always linked to the space that surrounds her.

During her artistic residency in Castro Marim (for which she was selected following the Open Call put in place earlier this year) she continued her decade-long research into water. She recorded sounds and videos of the shapes/forms that can be found at the Guadiana river, the Atlantic Ocean and the Odeleite and Beliche dams, with the aim of transforming and distorting them to create an archive of a parallel perceptual reality of the experience of walking around them. The work was presented as an a/v installation at Casa do Sal, which opened on May 31st.

We talked to Clara about the artistic qualities of water, the process of capturing abstraction, and the characteristics of Castro Marim that fascinate her the most.

Recap - David Ole residency

August 2, 2023

David Ole is a Portuguese musician and craftsman, born in Braga in 1991. Having been initiated in the realm of musical mysteries at the early age of 6, he’s been sharing his art on stage since 2009, turning matter, energy and intelligence into compositions and live performances using saxophone, percussion, custom software and a wealth of hyperinstruments. His work maneuvers sound, music and action to explore relationships between real and unreal things, magic and technology, lucidity and schizophrenia. He’s a member of several band and musical projects in the north of Portugal ranging an uncommon diversity of genres.

In this artistic residency, stemming from the Open Call we launched earlier in the year, David worked on an instrumental music piece which aims to represent and interpret Castro Marim’s identity and context as a border territory via a “martial music” composition imagined as a utopic performance throughout the Guadiana International Bridge; the work attempts to mimic the seismic effects of such an enterprise, and some of its excerpts were presented and interpreted by the local Banda Musical Castromarinense, at the Municipal Library on May 13th.

Recap - Knut Olaf Sunde residency

July 27, 2023

Norwegian composer Knut Olaf Sunde, whose work revolves around notions of place, duration and immersion, was in residence in the Castro Marim Municipality, as part of the Particular Universal project.

Between April 23rd and May 7th of 2022, he undertook the task of “observing, learning and trying to understand the different cultural and landscape logics” of the region, through sound and video recordings, as well as in conversation with the locals, with the aim of establishing a narrative, presented April 29th, at the Armazém do Sal.

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