September 2017 at Pivô, Brazil.


This text was performed in São Paulo. It described the search to inhabit a different form of hardness through pastilhas: little mosaic tiles and perilous messengers of the everyday. Pastilhas cover the walls of the emblematic Edifício Copan in São Paulo, designed by Oscar Niemeyer.


The text combines Damiani’s research on women, lava and volcanos with specimen of hard matter found in everyday encounters. Pastilhas become substance that is trodden on but doesn’t not smash. Moving away from paternalistic views, how is it possible to re-appropriate the language of hardness? How to have the confidence of being tough?


Find extract below.


Pastilhas and text from the performance, Pivô