As 'Taxonomy, The state of things' is, at the core, a project that combines research and creation, and since our principles of action always carry a tone as architectural as experimental, Sara did not completely excluded the possibility of redoing some aspects of her piece.
Now she ponders coming to draw some straight lines, long and thin between all the symbols representing every participant's responses to the five questions. This means that the numbers associated to each symbol - attributed to each person according to the order in which they were interviewed - will be interconnected, creating 30 polygons of various shapes, superimposed onto one another. Hence - she thought - it can be that some extra sociologically interesting new findings show up!
If one looks from the outside, the white space (now covered with writing) continues to fascinate the passers-by on the Rua dos Aranhas. They initially startled and stop on a first instance, but we, if at a reach of seizing the opportunity, we warmly invite them in. When we have open doors, Rua dos Aranhas is such an audience catchment success. Above all, we are really speaking of audiences, which are really captured (like fish) by our most efficient net: our predisposition to interact sincerely and in a lively way with people who show up at our door. It was through countless conversations and discussions that we made it clear that our openness is much more than a physical disposition. It is all about the sociological and formative responsibility, which we assume before a city and its inhabitants.
in fact, Manuel feels that our constant presence here at PIPINOIR has been generating an intense cultural activity. We still have no concrete idea about the overall value we are creating. But with each passing day, there are ever more curious visitors coming to us, trying to understand what has been going on here. It is worth saying as well that, the site itself bears many things we could say so much about and, as it is proving itself true - occupied with a so unconventionally alluring kind of piece - it has been able to call for the most diverse types of people. Spanning from journalists, architects, engineers, economists, men and women of all ages, children, myriad tourists, European policymakers, international event promoters, to the most varied artistic and cultural producers.
Along 30 days, the number 17 at Rua dos Aranhas became a part of us. First, certainly through all the dust deposited on all its surfaces, which we willingly wiped away. As the days passed, we expectably became gradually acquainted with the road's character: to the neighbours, to the businesses surrounding us, even to the ever present sounds and images. Dona Mécia Café was a first stopping point, where on many occasions we ended up not only to eat but also to borrow them little bit of internet, thanks to which we managed to publish - though often only at dawn - so may other diary entries such as this one. Opan [local bread boutique] after several days, became another good option, that could be relied upon.
The experience we had of this house was strongly marked by the relationship we developed with the team, which gathered around the project's activities. Its members were Manuel and Eduardo from PIPINOIR, who made sure nothing lacked here at the space, Diogo, with his support with the phone calls and bookings), Mariana, who helped us regarding the communication and promotion and is still going to work on part of the documentation and, of course, Helena, who is an excellent executive producer from birth and Rui, who, in addition to having produced a considerable part of the material now lying our documental archive, often went hunting for cockroaches and performed a big public service by compulsively sweeping the whole road clean.
Even more complex than that, (and so richly that describing it with justice here is for us impossible), was the invaluable involvement that the project received from the participants. That involvement was indeed the wide cloud of cultural activity, which has completely engulfed up the house and its road. It connected, we now know - the whole city through some of its main channels and reached so many people in surprisingly impactful ways. Stunning music and sounds were produced and we heard and recorded stories, which we think will prove relevant to future generations at regional and - who knows? - national levels.
We are very satisfied with the whole outcome, as the balance seems to have been entirely positive. We thank everyone who believed in the project. We thank those who supported it in one way or another and, those who have made themselves available to take part in it in such deep sincerity, we do reserve a special place here within ourselves. We learned a lot and there grew inside us a true desire to strengthen these relationships in the future, and of remaining updated on the efforts and successes of every one of us.
In an instant, there goes a month! Soon we will leave for Lisbon. We leave here something of us as we take with us a bit of Funchal, with a little scent from Rua dos Aranhas, sweat from PIPINOIR, and many, many memories.
Very big thanks to all o those who have participated and have been involved in the project: Helena B. Camacho, Rui A. Camacho, Mariana B. Camacho, Diogo Castro, Duarte Nuno, Cristina Vieira, Filipe Ferraz, Daniel Gonçalves Melim, Fernanda Martins, José Camacho, João Viveiros, Carlos Jorge Pereira Rodrigues, Roberto Moritz, Roberto Moniz, Lara Carolina, Lídia Araújo, Tozé Cardoso, Rosa Madeira, Ricardo Correia, Virgílio Caldeira, João Caldeira, Paulo Gouveia, Sophie Rose Bayntun, Luís Abreu, Alexandra Barbosa, Emmanuel Mejía, Tiago Castro Lopes, Mariana (Pipocas) Andrade, Marta Faria Capelo, Miliza Mendes, Natacha Gonçalves, Lidiane Duailibi, Norberto Gonçalves da Cruz, Miguel Rosado, Diogo Andrade, Joana Bolito, Albertino Miranda, Denise Pereira, Lucilina Freitas and Sara Lambeau.
Thanks also to those who were always close by: Irene Rodrigues, Lourenço Basílio, Carlos Camacho, Paulo Barbosa, António Dantas, Marco Fagundes, Sofia Maul, Jorge Maggiore, Diana Serrão, Mário André, Ana Salgueiro, Pau Pascual Galbis, Carlos Nó e Silvio Cró amongst so many others.
We formally thank Natércia Xavier, on behalf of the Regional Bureau for Culture, and Sandra Nóbrega and Catarina Faria, from Funchal City Hall, for having financially supported the project, whose support allowed all this to be possible; to Manuel Rodriguez and to Eduardo Freitas for the space and for the support made available at PIPINOIR Expressão Criativa, and to Xarabanda for the loans of musical instruments, technical equipment and permanent availability!
Recording stills selected by Sara Rodrigue
Photograph by Rui A. Camacho