“The Defense of Nature” is back in Lisbon, the result of a partnership between BoCA and the Lisbon City Council, with the aim of planting 480 trees on January 28, at 9:30 am, on Avenida Santo Condestável.

In 2021, we proposed 7 artists to look at Beuys’ legacy, while observing their own mountains, resulting in 7 presentations of new artistic creations in natural spaces. The program “I want to see my mountains”, curated by Delfim Sardo and Sílvia Gomes, included the artistic creations “Passeios Verdes” by Diana Policarpo, “Cair Para o Alto” by Dayana Lucas, “Carrossel” by Gustavo Ciríaco, ” Monumento Para Amadores – Solar Boat” by Musa Paradisiçaa, “0” by Sara Bichão, “Sobre um futuro de coexistência” by the Berru collective and “Denominação de Origem Controlada” by Gustavo Sumpta. In 2022, at BoCA Summer School, artists Mariana Tengner Barros, Gustavo Ciríaco and Pedro Ramos ran a performing arts and visual arts workshop in Floresta de Monsanto, one of the places where we planted trees.

In 2023, we will continue the project “The Defense of Nature”, a 10-year project through which BoCA proposes to combine artistic creation and programming with the creation and programming of natural spaces. Over 10 years, plantings of new creations (natural and artistic), curatorships, debates and conferences in different geographies of the national territory, will form a forest of thousands of artists and works of art. Based on the project by Joseph Beuys, “7.000 oak trees”, BoCA designs a diverse and sustainable plantation with a model that involves the collaboration of the local population, now from the municipality of Lisbon, to gather around the plantation of a forest of works of art.

“We can all be artists”: the iconic phrase by Joseph Beuys is called upon for this project as a participatory lever for elements of artistic and non-artistic communities. Anyone who considers himself an artist, in reference to this creative gesture of generating life, is invited to participate. Bringing together an extensive national and international artistic community, BoCA encourages cooperation between art and nature. Each plantation is then seen as an artistic gesture, in which the creation of the artistic object corresponds to the creation of life, that is, the plantation.

Sign up by January 26 on this page. We invite all citizens to participate in planting their tree and assign it a title. Each plantation, a work. Every citizen, an artist. Together, we will continue to build a forest of works of art.

Registration form here.

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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