Posts tagged porto

That which we have now, having never been

An interesting post on urban renewal, real estate speculation, nostalgia and gentrification. This seems a pretty universal phenomenon: right now downtown Porto has a mix of successful (?) and not-successful renewal, in the form of new drinking establishments all over the place and costly overhyped low-quality apartments like those the article describes. The former are all too dependent on fashions and are risky business, while the latter can’t have a good future value — being located in buildings surrounded by abandoned fire hazards, in streets where the drunken hordes roam on weekends.

“How many ‘likes’ will satisfy your need of consolation?”

That is one of the core questions of Peer-to-Peer. The video above includes images of the first presentation of our performance piece, that took place June 4th. Next presentation will be June 26th at Maus Hábitos, so pay us a visit if you’re in Porto that weekend!

In the last few months I’ve been spending my evenings co-directing the local theatre group Sem Palco (i.e., ‘stageless’) along with my friend Sérgio from way back in film school.

We started without a stageplay or a fixed goal in mind, our objective was to perform research on the theme of current technologies’ impact on human behaviour, devising a performance as we went along (think of ‘open source stagecraft’ and you get the general idea). Anyway, come next Friday we’ll finally present some of our work, in the form of the one-hour performance piece Peer-to-Peer. If you’re from Porto or nearby, pay us a visit!

We have a very limited number of seats so be sure to place your reservation early! The contacts are here.

Married To The Sea is one great webcomic. I would post a lot more here if it wasn’t such bad form, because I was really undecided about which illustration I should pick. So I settled for the seagulls. Living in a city where seagulls are a health hazard, I really believe that’s what they mean while they chatter overhead. (via Drive-by Blogging)

Location, location, location

Google recently unveiled Street View for both Porto and Lisbon. Privacy concerns apart (I actually believe Street View fits nicely in a discussion of photographers’ rights, in which my personal view is that public spaces are precisely that — public), I think Street View might actually be quite an interesting tool for scouting locations for indie films. Of course, it’s insane to go shoot somewhere without checking it out for yourself first, but SV does allow me to see if there are interesting streets worth a visit in person, besides being very useful in checking out details that might have been missed.

I take pride in trying to know as many places here in Porto as I can, but a certain shyness of taking the camera to the streets prevents me from being less conservative in the street locations I choose for my short films. I always try to be aware of lighting conditions, parking, and the residents’ nosiness towards people with video cameras (to prevent the type of situation which really ruins my day, such as having an actor giving a great performance while some old bastard across the street decides to stop and stare at the camera). Shame that Street View can’t help you with that.