Terra Nullius Lisbon/2020
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TERRA NULLIUS is a performative audiowalk that tries to capture the experience of a distant place. Terra Nullius was a term created by international law to define territories that belonged to no one and could therefore be occupied. These territories can still be found today, e.g. Bir Tawill (a strip of land between Egypt and Sudan), Antarctica, the international sea, and the Moon. But Terra Nullius also has a poetic meaning. It evokes an unexplored territory, an oasis of freedom where one could start over and rethink society.

For a year, Paula Diogo was in Reykjavik developing a project that tried to capture an “experience of place” by combining it with personal and collective narratives. Her process was founded on two simple actions: walking and writing.

TERRA NULLIUS is a performance that strives to overflow the space of the theatre, occupying the city’s geography and the virtual space of discussion and thought. The final version of the project is scheduled to debut at the end of 2020 at the D. Maria II Theatre.


Project direction, creation and performance Paula Diogo


Text and voice Paula Diogo Sound creation João Bento Light design Daniel Worm Dramaturgical support Alex Cassal Creative support Alfredo Martins, Estelle Franco, Renato Linhares Scenic space Frame Colectivo (Agapi Dimitriadou and Gabriela Salazar) and Elsa Mencagli (Erasmus + intern) Stage photography M.Zakrzewski (Reykjavik), João Tuna (Lisboa) and Susana Paiva/CITEMOR (Montemor-o-Velho) Proofreading Ana Macedo Executive production Vanda Cerejo Communication support Carlos Alves 


Concept and Edition Frame Colectivo and Paula Diogo Graphic design Masako Hattori Photos Paula Diogo Texts and images (cover) Claudia Galhós, Cláudia Varejão, Clelia Bettini, Djaimilia Pereira (by Humberto Brito), Eva Rún Snorradóttir, Felipe Ribeiro, Gabriela Farinha, Haraldur Jónsson, Jacinto Lucas Pires, Joana Gorjão Henriques, Maria João Machado, Paula Diogo, Renato Linhares, Rui Santos, Satu Herrala, Tiago Pereira, Þorgerður E. Sigurðardóttir, Viðar Jónsson and Yvette Centeno Edition Alex Cassal and Paula Diogo Translation Joana Frazão English proofreading Alexander Kelly and Hilary Foster Final proofreading Emanuel Cameira Additional translations Ana Macedo Photographic selection João Tuna Additional photographs (cover) M.Zakrzewski Audio inserts João Bento Executive production Vanda Cerejo Printing and Calibration Gráfica Maiadoro

Co-production Má-Criação and TNDMII Co-production residencies Arquipélago – Centro de Artes Contemporâneas, Citemor and O Espaço do Tempo Creative partners Alkantara, Galeria Zé dos Bois Artistic residency support Companhia Olga Roriz Support CML – Pólo Cultural Gaivotas | Boavista

Work developed with a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the GDA Foundation’s Cultural Fund in 2018/19

Project financed by the Portuguese Republic – Culture / Directorate-General for the Arts.

Má-Criação is a structure supported by the Lisbon City Council and housed in Espaço Alkantara