Heitor Alvelos is co-director of the UTAustin-Portugal program in Digital Media. He has a PhD in media culture and design from the Royal College of Art in London. He is Professor of Design at the University of Porto, and Director (UP) of ID+: Institute of Research in Design, Media and Culture. Heitor is on various international advisory boards (including Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Prix Ars Electronica for Digital Communities, and Crime Media Culture), and has lectured extensively in Europe and the U.S. His main research areas are collaborative media, post-subcultural environments and cultural criminology.
Heitor works with music projects and media labels, including: Touch (UK), Cronica Electronica (Portugal), Autodigest (AWOL) and un (Portugal). Recent curatorship has included Nomadic.0910 – meetings between art and science, and the 2011 Conference of the European Academy of Design.
Karen Gustafson is the University of Texas-based manager of the UT Austin|Portugal Program in Digital Media. She completed a PhD at UT in 2006 with research focusing on public discourse, regulation, and definitions of the public interest. During her tenure with the UTA-P program, she has been co-director of the International School on Digital Transformation in Porto and has served as a primary organizer of the Advanced Digital Media Mobility program. Her research interests include civic participation, digital inclusion, and social media applications in government.
Nuno Correia is co-director of the UTAustin-Portugal program in Digital Media. He is a professor at the New University of Lisbon (Computer Science Department, Faculty of Sciences and Technology), couurently conducting research work on several aspects of describing, processing, delivering and presenting multimedia information.
Nuno is also the coordinator of IMG (Interactive Multimedia Group), a research stream of CITI/FCT/UNL. Furher information on Nuno’s research projects can be found at www-ctp.di.fct.unl.pt/~nmc/
Pedro Branco is Assistant Professor at the Department of Information Systems, University of Minho where he is currently the director of the Master Program in Technology and Digital Art. He graduated in Computer Science from University of Porto in 1997. From 1998 to 1999 he participated in the first joint Fraunhofer Center for Research in Computer Graphics/ Rhode Island School of Design New Media program. In 2000, he joined Fraunhofer’s U.S. operations as Researcher/3D Software Engineer in the development of virtual reality interaction techniques. Starting in 2003 he worked at IMEDIA in Providence, RI, studying user interface usability based on physiological monitoring. In 2006 he received his doctorate degree in Information Systems from University of Minho with the topic: “Computer-based Facial Expression Analysis for Assessing User Experience”.
Pedro is working on several funded research projects focusing on diverse aspects of human-computer interaction, ranging from new educational interfaces for pre-school, to systems that are aware of users’ social signals. Throughout the Technology and Digital Art master program he works closely with students from a wide range of backgrounds developing interactive systems that explore a synergy of technology and aesthetics, exploring future directions for our interaction with technology.
Philip Marshall is a freelance print and digital media designer, working with David Sylvian, Comme des Garçons, and Zang Tumb Tuum (Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Propaganda, Art of Noise) among others. He is a member of the Touch audiovisual publishing project (founded in 1982) and its sibling label Ash International, collaborating with founders Jon Wozencroft and Mike Harding. Hands-on exploration of sound design was the natural extension of his work with Touch. In 2009 he founded The Tapeworm – a tape-only imprint, curated in celebration of the cassette. He is also the Elgaland-Vargaland Minister of Nothing.
Luis Francisco-Revilla is an assistant professor in the School of Information at The University of Texas at Austin. For over a decade, he has been conducting research on the area of human-centered computing, investigating how to augment the ability of people to use information actively, purposely and intensively. His research agenda is multifaceted and interdisciplinary, as it bridges social, informational, and computational aspects. As a result, Dr. Francisco-Revilla’s research interests expands and integrates work from several research areas including human-computer interaction, digital libraries, hypertext, computer supported cooperative work, information retrieval, and recommender systems. Dr. Francisco-Revilla’s recent projects include work in the domains of computational journalism, cultural heritage institutions, and advanced interfaces and interactions. He is primary investigator in the international collaborative grants Breadcrumbs, REACTION, and ImTV. He is also a Co-PI in the IMLS funded project CDLF. Dr. Francisco-Revilla has published extensively in the top venues in his field including: International Journal on Digital Libraries and ACM /IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL).
Negativland. Since 1980, the 4 or 5 or 6 Floptops known as Negativland have been creating records, CDs, video, fine art, books, radio and live performance using appropriated sounds, images, objects, and text. Mixing original materials and original music with things taken from corporately owned mass culture and the world around them, Negativland re-arranges these found bits and pieces to make them say and suggest things that they never intended to. In doing this kind of cultural archaeology and “culture jamming” (a term they coined way back in 1984), Negativland have been sued twice for copyright infringement.
Over the years Negativland’s “illegal” collage and appropriation based audio and visual works have touched on many things – pranks, media hoaxes, advertising, media literacy, the evolving art of collage, the bizarre banality of suburban existence, creative anti-corporate activism in a media saturated multi-national world, file sharing, intellectual property issues, wacky surrealism, evolving notions of art and ownership and law in a digital age, and artistic and humorous observations of mass media and mass culture.
While it is true that, after being sued, Negativland became more publicly involved in advocating significant reforms of our nation’s copyright laws (most recently finding themselves being brought to Washington DC and Capitol Hill as citizen lobbyists for copyright and art issues), Negativland are artists first and activists second. All of their art and media interventions have intended to pose both serious and silly questions about the nature of sound, media, control, ownership, propaganda and perception in the United States of America. Their work is now referenced and taught in many college courses in the US, has been written about and mentioned in over 150 books (including “No Logo” by Naomi Klein, “Media Virus” by Douglas Rushkoff, and various biographies of the band U2), cited in legal journals, and they often lecture about their work in the U.S. and in Europe.
Jorge Brandão Pereira is a designer and assistant professor in Graphic Design at the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado and Ave, Barcelos, and member of ID+: Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture. He holds an MA in Multimedia Arts (2007) and a BA in Communication Design (2002), both from the University of Porto. Currently working on his PhD in Digital Media at the University of Porto, on the UTAustin-Portugal Doctoral Programme, discussing design, communication, digital media participation, local cultures and creativity around the Stories of Chairs.
Daniel Brandão is doing his PhD in Digital Media at the Engineering Faculty of University of Porto, Portugal and holds a Master’s degree in Multimedia Art from the Fine-Arts School of the University of Porto (2008). He is a freelance communication designer and also teaches at the Polytechnic Institute of Cávado e Ave, in Barcelos, Portugal, and at the Arts School of Porto, Portugal. He is also a member of the research group ID+.
Ana Isabel Carvalho and Ricardo Lafuente (Manufactura Independente), Cláudia Amorim and Victor Cardoso (Nodes.pt) have, in the last two years, coordinated the activities of Transparência Hackday Portugal, an informal collective dedicated to the exploration, experimentation and critical perspectives of public information, open data and governmental transparency in Portugal.
Rádio Zero is a university radio in Lisbon, Portugal, streaming 24/7 on the web promoting free access to broadcasting and allowing any person access to radio. It strives to instigate and promote unorthodox or exploratory uses of radio, as content, form or technology. Radio Zero is one of the founding partners of the Radia network of radios is responsible for the bienal Radio Art Festival in Lisboa, RadiaLx. Implicitly connected with its phylosophy is the development of radio software technology targeting community radios, which have different needs from other type of broadcasters.
Júlio Dolbeth was born in Angola in 1973, and lives and works in Porto, Portugal. He graduated in Communication Design by Faculdade de Belas Artes of the University of Porto, Portugal, and c currently teaches Design at the University of Porto and develops illustration and drawing work. Currently develops PhD research in Illustration. Júlio is one of the founders of the Cultural Association Dama Aflita and part of the curators team and exhibition producers for Dama Aflita gallery located in Porto and dedicated to illustration and drawing, with regular exhibitions since 2008.
‘± maismenos ±’ surfaces in 2005 as a personal project developed in an academic research context. It quickly became a reference of creative intervention in Portuguese urban circles, due to its viral mechanics as well as the various media it wove itself into.
Initially, ± presented itself as a brand against brands, its utopian mission being the antidote to advertising: ± may be found as illegal marks over a wide variety of urban environments, just as it may surface as an art installation. According to the author, Miguel Januário, ± is the visual representation of the collapse of capitalist systems (+ – = 0), clearly conveying a standpoint in regards to it – while also acting as a blank canvas, a particularly open-ended icon where the citizen may be able to project anything they wish, fear or suspect. For more information, look up maismenos on Facebook, or walk around the streets of Porto with an open eye.
Marianne Baillot was born in France in 1980. She studied Political Science at Science-Po Grenoble Grande Ecole: www.sciencespo-grenoble.fr, and later on in Centre National de la Danse in Angers : www.cndc.fr
She lives between Paris and Porto and has worked as a dancer and choreographer since 2006. She regularly teaches in ESBA Nantes and coordinates cultural projects with Maus Habitos cultural space in Porto. Marianne started creating her own work since 2006: mariannelse.blogspot.com. She is part of Sweet and Tender Collaborations: www.sweetandtender.org
Anselmo Canha has a Masters in Image Design from the University of Porto, and has coordinated the Manobras no Porto festival for the last two years. He has also been a musician since 1985, serving as bass player, keyboard player, and programmer in many bands and projects. In addition, he is a designer and researcher focused on the Stop Shopping Center musicians collective, and is one of the coordinators of Stopestra.
Rita Sá: (b. Lisbon, 1980) Currently Rita Sá is a student at the Digital Media PhD Program – CoLab – UT Austin | Portugal. She has a Licenciatura degree in Painting, from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon and a MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts, New York, where she studied under a joint scholarship from the Gulbenkian Foundation, Luso-American Foundation and MFACA department of SVA. Highlighted projects include her collaboration with Wordsong-Pessoa – awarded by the Portuguese Multimedia Awards in 2006; Instances of Commediation, exhibited at SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 Art Gallery, Yokohama, and at the Westside Gallery in New York, and emo & tick, finalist project at the 2010 ZON awards, exhibited at MONSTRA 2011.
João Santos, born in Lisbon, Portugal, started his musical education at Escola Profissional de Música de Almada. Later on he joins The Hot Club School of Jazz in Lisbon, where he learns harmony and jazz piano with Filipe Melo, among others. João graduated in 2011 from Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas (IPCB) in Castelo Branco, Portugal with a degree in Electronic Music and Musical Production. Currently he’s doing his Master in Multimedia – Interactive Music and Sound Design at Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Portugal. For the past ten years he has made pop, glitch and electroacoustic music. Worked on musical production, music for dance choreography, videos, sound design and created interactive installations as well as handmade instruments. Played live through Portugal and Spain with projects and bands such as Stereoboy, Puget Sound, The boy with the Broken Leg, Norton, among others. João is the founding member of a musical project called Daily Misconceptions and he’s also the co-founder of a DJ collective called Sessões i&!. Nowadays he’s most interested in generative and interactive music.
Inês Santos: Born in Lisbon, Inês arrived in time to live fourteen days in the 80s. Attended a degree in Communication Sciences, but ended up with a bachelor’s degree in Advertising and Marketing from the Lisbon School of Communication and Media Studies. In recent years she had a radio show on Rádio Zero, collaborated with IndieLisboa and Avanca Film Festival, was at several music concerts and travelled the world. Since 2011, Inês Santos is living in Oporto where she’s finishing her master’s degree in Multimedia. Currently Inês is also working at Canal180.
Jenifer Machado was born in Gross-Umstadt, Germany. She returned to Portugal 21 years ago and currently lives in a beautiful town called Póvoa de Varzim near Oporto. She studied Communication Design at Escola Universitária das Artes de Coimbra (EUAC) from 2007 to 2010, in Coimbra. Currently, Jenifer is finishing her master’s degree at Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), in Oporto. She has been able to draw from life and all forms of media to express an idea exactingly across multiple levels of consciousness as freelancer. In 2010 she started a Personal Shopper course at Escola International de Estilismo e Moda, in Lisbon. Jenifer grew up dancing. She explored many dance styles. However, she dedicated herself more intensely to contemporary dance, having participated in several shows for the national broadcast television (RTP1).
“Grifu” is the alias of Luís Leite used to sign most of his work. PhD student in Digital Media at FEUP has a Masters in Multimedia Technologies, degree in Multimedia Communication Technologies. He is a member of PIC – Porto Interactive Center studying motion capture systems. Has been working for a long time with sound and video post-production, digital animation, computer programming for television and multimedia productions, in Portuguese companies like Miragem and Animago. Additionally, works as free-lancer in several projects and teaches “Sound and Image”, in Masters “Illustration and Animation” at the School of Technology from Cavado and Ave Polytechnic[EST/IPCA].