Defense of Nature

New Creation 

 

“Defense of Nature” is a 10-year project in partnership with the Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (League for Protection of Nature), in which BoCA proposes to bring its artistic programme together with natural spaces. During 10 years, the plantation of new creations (both natural and artistic), curatorships, debates and conferences will happen throughout different areas in the country, forming a forest of thousands of artists and artworks. In 2021, the project will take place in Lisbon, Almada and Faro, and starting in 2022, new regions will become a part of this project that aims to join art and nature. 

Inspired by Joseph Beuys’s project “7000 Oaks” (1982), BoCA designs a plantation comprised of various autochthonous species, involving the collaboration of artistic and academic communities, as well as local populations.

“We can all be artists” – the iconic claim by Joseph Beuys is invoked for the project as an invitation to anyone who would like to participate by signing up to plant a tree and give a title to their plantation/creation, which will be registered photographically and geolocatable.

For every plant an artist: with Beuys as inspiration, distinctions are overcome. Artists, traditionally recognised as such, are invited to plant and care for a tree. The art of generating life, in Beuys’s view, completes the circle, and the artist – who can be anyone and thus is indistinguishable from any other person – realises their potential as a creator in the ecological gesture of planting a tree.

Bringing together an extensive artistic community, both national and international, BoCA stimulates the cooperation between art and nature. Therefore, each tree planted is seen as an artistic gesture, where the creation of the artistic object corresponds to the creation of life, to the plantation itself. 

We invite all artists – i.e., everyone – to plant a tree in Lisbon, Almada or Faro. A form will be available at this page from September.

 

Concept: John Romão
Partner: Liga para a Protecção da Natureza
Support: Lisboa City Council, Almada City Council, Faro City Council

 

Next Performances

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  • TERRA COBRE

    01 June 2024 — 02 June 2024
    Serralves

    JOÃO PAIS FILIPE & MARCO DA SILVA FERREIRA

    New performance by sound artist and sculpture João Pais Filipe and dancer/choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira, crossing the traditional practice of Alcáçovas' rattle art with contemporary artistic practices, anchored in percussion and dance.

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  • The Talking Car

    16 June 2024 — 18 June 2024
    Wiener festwochen

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures. 

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  • TERRA COBRE

    18 July 2024 — 19 July 2024
    Festival dos Canais

    JOÃO PAIS FILIPE & MARCO DA SILVA FERREIRA

    New performance by sound artist and sculpture João Pais Filipe and dancer/choreographer Marco da Silva Ferreira, crossing the traditional practice of Alcáçovas' rattle art with contemporary artistic practices, anchored in percussion and dance.

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  • The Talking Car

    06 September 2024 — 07 September 2024
    Nowy Teatr

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

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  • The Talking Car

    09 October 2024 — 10 October 2024
    HAU Berlin

    AGNIESZKA POLSKA

    Under an invitation from BoCA, visual artist Agnieszka Polska creates her first theatre piece, with interpretation by Albano Jerónimo, Íris Cayatte, Vera Maintaino and Bartosz Bielenia. A group of people travel in a car that doesn't stop. A tale about one's role in the complex system of human and nonhuman agents and socio-technological infrastructures.

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