Radio Saracura is a community radio project and audiovisual archive based in the neighborhood of Bixiga, in central São Paulo, Brazil. Its studio is based at the Vila Itororó, while its mobile radio cart traverses Bixiga’s various territories. The project first came into being in partnership with the Goethe Institut-São Paulo’s “Goethe na Vila” residency in September 2018. Its second cycle, which concerns New Ecologies, takes place in August and September 2019.
Daniel Caballero: Bixiga is Cerrado, Too
13.09.2019A conversation with Daniel Caballero about the process of artistically recreating the cerrado biome in the city of São Paulo through his project “Infinite Cerrado.” The Portuguese and Spanish colonization of South America, the strategic occupation of São Paulo’s “Campos de Piratininga,” and the current extinction of the biome in the city.
Sonic Landscape: Canto do Itororó
13.09.2019Itororó, “noisy river,” or “small waterfall” in the Tupi Guarani language. A recording of the river’s song, a small outlet of clean water emerging from one of the springs of the Itororó river in the garden of the Vila Itororó.
Marta Argel: Birds of Bixiga
12.09.2019A conversation with biologist Marta Argel about a recent outing in Bixiga, spanning from Dom Orione Square to Una Square, along with the ecological territories along the basin of the Saracura river. A mapping of birds, enabling a new perception of the city, and a coexistence of birds, plants humans in the neighborhood.
Mapping Bird Species at the Vila Itororó
12.09.2019An outing with biologist Marta Argel in the Vila Itororó’s garden. A conversation about the forms of life of birds, their songs and forms of communication. Throughout the conversation, birds appear, interacting with other sounds of the garden.
Instituto Bixiga: Youth Culture in Bixiga
11.09.2019An ethnographic narration of sociologist Florestan Fernandes’s research on youth culture in the neighborhood of Bixiga, starting in 1940. Includes discussion of repression and violence against children as manifested by the “culture of labor,” childrens’ strategies of autonomy, horizontality, and social pacts made by the children themselves through their songs and jokes.