by Jorge Rocha with participation of Manuel Castelo Ramos and Rui Parreira
18th of October 2015

When: 18th of October at 4.00 p.m
Where: Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe – Municipality of Vila do Bispo
Guided Tour: 3.30 p.m – with Manuel Castelo ramos
Invited Researhers: Manuel Castelo Ramos (Art Historian) and Rui Parreira (Archaeologist)
Organized by: Rizoma Lab within DiVam (Program of Promotion and Monuments Valuation)

Cooking in the Landscape takes place in Vila do Bispo municipality, more precisely in the monument Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe near raposeira, on the 18th of October, at 4.00 p.m. Previously, at 3.30 p.m. will happen a guided tour by Manuel Castelo Ramos to this XV century monument linked to theage of portuguese discoveries. It is also an opportunity to attend to the last Cooking in the Landscape in 2015, which featured eight actions between Algarve and Alentejo. There will be online live broadcast in platform for those unable to attend in person.

It will be on the 18 of October that will take place for the last time this year, the improvised infrastructure where the artist Jorge Rocha and the participating researchers, Manuel Castelo Ramos and Rui Parreira, will be live cooking. This action will close a cycle of 8 performative actions of Cooking in the Landscape held in the Algarve and Alentejo during 2015 in historic and archeologic sites, respecting the genesis of this project that gather History, Heritage and Gastronomy. The places where yhis year was carried out this performance, in a talk show format and in online broadcast live, where: Sagres Fortress; Tavira Castle; Paleolithic Rockshelter in Vale de Boi – Vila do Bispo Municipality; Salir Castle – Loulé Municipality; Monte Molião – Lagos Municipality; Monastery of Santa Maria Flor de Rosa – Municipality of Crato; Olhão Markets and finally in the Chapel of Nossa Senhora de Guadalupe – Municipality of Vila do Bispo. This action is part of DiVaM, a program of Promotion and Monuments Valuation, developed by the Algarve Regional Directorate of Culture in since 2014, which aims to continue to implement a cultural dynamic on monuments managed by DRCALG and to bring communities to their heritage .

Manuel Francisco Castelo Ramos –  born in Portimão (1958) and lives in Silves. Degree in History from the Faculdade de Letras de Lisboa (1982) and Master’s Degree in History of Art from the Universidade Nova with a final dissertation on Manueline Art in the Algarve. It is since 1982, Professor of History in the Basic Education and coordinator of the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities of Silves Schools. For many years linked to protection of cultural heritage, including the archaeological and architectural, he integrated the Association of Defense of the Historical-Cultural Heritage of Silves and was a founding board-member of the Center of Luso-Arab Studies in Silves. In this area of history and heritage he has been conducted several lectures and written numerous articles. In 1998 he joined as a local coordinator of the project musealization of  the English Factory (Silves), and directed the Cork Museum until the time of it unfortunate end.

Rui Parreira – born in Lisbon (1954) lives in Lagos since 1997. Master’s Degree in Archaeology (University of Porto), Postgraduate Studies in Museology (Museums Studies Centre, Lisbon), Degree in History (University of Lisbon). He is a civil servant since 1976, and worked, among others, in conservative functions of the National Archaeological Museum (Lisbon), the Regional South Archaeology Service archaeologist (Évora), director of Sagres Fortress and currently senior technician in the Algarve Regional Directorate of Culture (Faro), where he performs functions of Director of services and cultural goods. Is also a associated researcher with Uniarq / Center of Archaeology at the University of Lisbon (working group on the Ancient Peasant Societies).

Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe – was built in the 15th century, during the reign of King Afonso V, after generalization in Portugal of the cult of Guadalupe, the black virgin. It is a simple building built in sandstone of the region. Set in a border zone of the Kingdom and Christianity, beset by Muslim Corsican, is connected to the redemption of captives, which explains its unusual symbolic decoration. In the chancel, all capitals, such as the dome keys, are decorated with carved plant motifs, human masks and other attributes. The farm overlooking the Hermitage was one of the Infante Dom Henrique landings during the Algarve self-exile that marked the final phase of his life, after the unfortunate expedition of Tangier which resulted in captivity of the  Infante Santo. In this place Dom Henrique received a visit from the venetian Ca’damosto, which gives it a particular historical relevance. Under the invocation of Senhora de Guadalupe (Lady of Guadalupe) remain today ancestral practices of worship and fertility rituals as the feast of Our Lady of Candles, the blessing of cattle and corn, in the Thursday of Ascension.

Cooking in the Landscape is a performative action about historical and archaeological sites. A culinary show that takes place in locations with landscape in the background, addressing issues that place the food of each epoch and relates it with the eating habits of contemporary society.

In each historical site, an improvised infrastructure is set where the artist, together with researchers of each monument, develops a performative action in a Talk Show format, live cooking broadcast on the Internet, assuming the physical and virtual public as participants in the artistic creation process.

Starting with a menu inspired by the lines between History and Archeology, the unique characteristics of each site are considered, and the Landscape, Heritage and Social Factors are valued. Each session is preceded by a spoken tour to the site, developed in collaboration with the entities responsible for each historic site.

All sessions are broadcast live (, resulting in a series of virtual landscapes stored on the PALATO channel (in, which are the focus of the ongoing artistic investigation.

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PALATO team:
Artistic coordenator: Jorge Rocha
Scientific coordinator: Elena Morán
Production: Carmo Serpa
Communication: Luísa Rosa Baptista
Photography: Ricardo Soares

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