COOKING IN THE LANDSCAPE IN THE PALEOLITHIC ROCKSHELTER OF VALE DE BOI

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by Jorge Rocha with participation of Nuno Bicho and Ana Carla Cabrita
16th of August 2015

When: 16th of August at 6.30 p.m
Where: Churchyard of Vale de Boi Church- Vila do Bispo Municipality
Guided Tour: 5.30 p.m – meeting point at the Vale do Boi Churchyard, with the archeologist Nuno Bicho
Invited Researhers: Nuno Bicho – archeologist and researcher from Algarve University and Ana Carla Cabrita – Nature Guide and local flora researcher

Cooking in Landscape continues its series of performative actions of Jorge Rocha for 2015, taking place until October. It is already on August 16th that the next action will take place in the most distinguished Paleolithic deposits in the South peninsula that lies precisely in the municipality of Vila do Bispo – the Paleolithic Rockshelter of Vale de Boi.

The action will take place at 6.30 p.m with a menu that will be inspired concerning the place and the time of this region’s archeological findings. As participant guests: Nuno Bicho – archaeologist and researcher at the University of Algarve and Ana Carla Cabrita, Nature guide, local flora researcher and winner of the prize Awards Natural.PT .

In order to provide the best landscape perspective which highlights the beauty and value of this Paleolithic Rockshelter, the action will take place in the churchyard of São Lourenço Church in Vale de Boi. Only then will be known what delicacies will be made by the artist Jorge Rocha, but for now we can already report that all have to do with the investigations made on the site about the eating habits of seasonal human settlement in this area. Prior to action, there will be a guided tour to the Rockshelter by Nuno Bicho, with its starting point at the Boi Valley Church by 5.30 p.m.

Nuno Ferreira Bicho will be the investigator and archaeologist accompanying and commenting on the cooking action, since he who is the responsible for coordinating the teams that have done the archaeological campaigns in this location. In addition to the most remote human groups researcher of Prehistory he is a teacher at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the University of Algarve. Held in 1992 a PhD in Anthropology, specialty of Archaeology at the Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA. He has coordinated several projects of archaeological research in the US and Ecuador and in Portugal coordinated international investigations in Estremadura and in the Algarve. Recently started a project in southern Mozambique in collaboration with the University of Louisville, USA, and the University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, on the appearance of Homo sapiens sapiens in southern Africa.

Ana Carla Cabrita will also be a guest participant due to deep knowledge of the area with regard to the flora and for having recently published in co-authorship with Ana Luisa Simoes the book “200 Plants in Alentejo and Costa Vicentina SW” in bilingual, English and Portuguese . This book is the result of two years of research and consists of identification cards, photographs, scientific name, botanic family, features and the study the vegetative cycle, habitat, etc.
Currently, Ana Carla Cabrita develops her work as a nature guide in Costa Vicentina through its Walkin’Sagres company pedestrian guided tours. Recently received the 1st prize for her company’s participation on the 1st Competition Natural.PT, by the recognition of the project for their good practices.

Why the Paleolithic RockShelter in Vale de Boi?
This is the largest and one of the most significant known Palaeolithic deposits around the South peninsula and it lies precisely in Vila do Bispo municipality, in a rock shelter in Vale de Boi, Budens. Identified in 1998, it has since been the subject of regular archaeological campaigns by archaeological teams from the University of Algarve, coordinated by Professor Nuno Ferreira Bicho. In an area of about 10,000 m2, the research in the archaeological site of Boi Valley was being uncovering a very important chrono-stratigraphic sequence with records that refer to an almost continuous human presence between the Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic – between the 33,000 and 6,000 years before now.

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 (www.palato.org/transmissao), resulting in a series of virtual landscapes stored on the PALATO channel (in www.palato.org), which are the focus of the ongoing artistic investigation.

Future confirmed actions:
Salir Castle (Loulé Municipality) – 22nd of August
Monte Molião (Lagos Municipality) – 26th of August
Santa Maria de Flor de Rosa Monastery (Crato Municipality – Alentejo) – 29th of August
Olhão Markets (Olhão Municipality) – 6th of September
Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Vila do Bispo Municipality) – 18th of October

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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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Info’s:
Free entry
Locations (see map)
Live broadcast: www.palato.org/transmissao
More details www.palato.org or by e-mail palato@rizomalab.pt

Phone contacts: Carmo Serpa – 964735536 (Production)
Luisa Baptista – 966803707 (Press)

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