Vougascapes #1
Artist residency, sound art lab and installations in public space
Students of the Master of Contemporary Artistic Creation at the University of Aveiro
Co-organizers: Binaural/Nodar and Department of Communication and Arts, University of Aveiro

Termas de Sao Pedro do Sul , Portugal
24-27 April 2014
Public Presentation : Saturday , April 26, 2014 from 16:00
(meeting point: Entrance of Hotel do Parque) .

For the fourth consecutive year an artist residency addressed to students of the Master of Contemporary Artistic Creation at the University of Aveiro will be developed in the municipality of São Pedro do Sul, with which Binaural/ Nodar has an ongoing partnership that is developed in several areas particularly related to the fields of sound art techniques and to the reflection between artistic creation and specific territorial spaces and communities .

A group of eight students will explore the creative potential of (both natural and cultural ) heritage spaces of the oldest and largest spa in Portugal, of Roman origins. The termal water baths were built in the 1st Century. In the Middle Ages the fame of the spa was such that even Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, was trated there after breaking his leg in Badajoz, following a battle. The Roman building and the pool, “the pool of D. Afonso Henriques”, remain, with walls in alternating courses of stone and brick and the entries in round arches, which unfortunatelly are closed and inaccessible to the public. Termas de Sao Pedro do Sul are bathed by the river Vouga, a river with which the relationship has also been difficult due to pollution that prevents swimming, where so many generations of São Pedro do Sul inhabitants learned to swim and refreshed during the months of summer heatwaves.

The end result of this residency will be a set of audiovisual installations to be presented by the students on Saturday 26 April, being commented by the teachers, by Binaural / Nodar’s team and, why not, by the participant public itself.