Organised by Galeria Municipal do Porto in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries' General Ecology programme, The Shape of a Circle in the Dream of a Fish will take place at Galeria da Biodiversidade - Centro Ciência Viva, in Porto, on November 26 and 27. Admission is free.

For two days, it intends to explore the role of dreams in our lives, with a programme that includes talks, debates, performances and concerts. Thinking of dreams as concrete visions, as experiences that happen during sleep and as border zones, in which the irrational and conscious reflection coexist, the festival brings together artists, historians, scientists and figures in architecture and music from different parts of the world, in order to share their knowledge and stories, celebrating the intersection of science, magic and spirituality.

Taking place for the first time outside London, the event marks the fifth initiative of the project The Shape of a Circle in the Mind of a Fish and is curated by Lucia Pietroiusti (General Ecology Consultant at Serpentine) and Filipa Ramos (Artistic Director at Galeria Municipal do Porto and at the Department of Contemporary Art at Ágora - Cultura e Desporto do Porto, E.M).

In the words of both, the festival seeks to “dismantle the presumptions we have about the centrality and exception of human beings”, questioning “on what do we base the notion that the forest does not love, does not think or does not sing, if not in that, obstinately, we define love, thought or singing according to our own image?”.

With The Shape of a Circle in the Dream of a Fish, they intend to “enter the realm of dreams, on the path of a continuity between science, ancestral knowledge, magic and spirituality, speculating, imagining and debating the interdependence, the deep and ancient relationship that binds systems of discovery, understanding and healing of body and mind, across time, past and future.”

Discovering the hypnagogic tales of artcvcist and musician, Nahum Mantra, the philosopher Federico Campagna's presentation on how Technology and Magic are forms of reality or the importance of self-awareness that fish have with behavioural ecologist Alex Jordan at Max Planck Institute, are some of the events of the multidisciplinary programme planned for that weekend.

Participants include Yussef Agbo-Ola, founding architect of the multidisciplinary design studio Olaniyi; Nicola S. Clayton, psychologist and professor of Comparative Cognition at the University of Cambridge; Onome Ekeh, writer and designer of Speculative Fiction; Cru Encarnação, artist and performer; Rosalind Fowler, filmmaker; Sophie Lunn-Rockliffe, a historian at the University of Cambridge specialising in the figure of the Devil; Hatis Noit, vocal performer; Giles Round, artist; and Rain Wu, artist and architect.

The detailed programme of The Shape of a Circle in the Dream of a Fish can be found at

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