Introduction to the Human Terroir: Arts, Authorship, and Technology as References for Intercultural Relationships

Since 1996 the ‘Identidades [Identities] – intercultural movement’ has promoted relationship spaces for cultural interchanges between Mozambique, Cape Verde, Brazil, and Portugal – countries with different paths crossing in the past and sharing a common language. The movement includes students, researchers, and professors of the Fine Arts School of the University of Porto (FBAUP), joined by other people, schools, communities, and institutions. This movement arranges art, culture, and technology gatherings. These gatherings provoke conflicts and are constantly in tension, as they dislocate the members from their own culture to unknown spaces. I find, on the one hand, communities fighting for the recognition of their culture, for better living conditions, and whose activities are rooted in resistance and in the struggle for their identity. On the other hand, I find artists-researchers discontented with their own art and society of the post-colonial world which interferes with the communities in a colonial manner; the same world that promotes globalisation, resigning these communities to oblivion.

In this movement Art and authorship play a fundamental role in the intercultural dialogue. It is through these experiences that we can seek a new dimension for these concepts. It is in this sense that I approach the theme of the ‘Death of the Author’, as developed by Barthes, Foucault, and Agamben. At the same time, I try to understand how technology has obfuscated this issue. I explore the relationships that exist between an author and a community, in its processes of emancipation, and how they become unique. What do the author and the community share when both pass the margins of what is established? How do author and community learn about themselves when they seek to know and develop in the unknown?

This chapter focuses on this dimension of the dialogue about art, culture, and technology, where relationships of fellowship and confidence are established that allow us to see beyond the borders of confidence of the discourse itself.

Year 2012
Type Book Chapter, Electronic Book Chapter
Publication Landscapes of (Un)Belonging
Pages 61-70
Publisher Inter-Disciplinary Press
Local Oxford, United Kingdom
Ed/Org Orla McGarry, Agnieszka Stasiewicz-Bieńkowska
ISBN / ISSN 978-1-84888-109-9