Some of the key agents of this year’s edition.
Andrew Poppy is a composer, pianist, performer, record producer and writer. He is an artist with a unique body of work and collaborations that mix acoustic and electronic sounds with language, visual images and performance disciplines. In the 1970s he studied music at Goldsmiths College and with John Cage. In the mid 1980s he signed to Trevor Horn’s maverick pop label ZTT as a contemporary composer and artist, making three albums which evade classification. His work continues to connect singers and musicians from different traditions, as in the current ‘Shiny Floor Shiny Ceiling’ – 9 songs in search of a territory, 7 voices in search of a song – a CD and staged performance. Recently his ‘Revolution Number Eight – Airport For Joseph Beuys,’ for BBC Concert Orchestra and dub electronics was presented on the South Bank by Jarvis Cocker. Last year The Tapeworm released ‘Infernal Furniture,’ a collection of piano sonatas and their electronic obliteration counterpoints. He is the artistic director of a number of ongoing creative projects: The Sustaining Ensemble; Field Radio Recordings; BARDSLEY_POPPY Projects. Andrew also works in arts education, developing post graduate courses and modules, mentoring and as a workshop leader.
Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Nancy is a director, producer and cinematographer on both broadcast documentaries and award winning independent films. Her latest full-length documentary, Tattooed Under Fire, aired on PBS in 2009 and 2010. “Hansel Mieth-Vagabond Photographer” premiered nationwide on Independent Lens, in 2003, and on the Australian Broadcast Corporation in 2004. She also directed History Man, a half hour profile on Martin Scorsese for BBC 4, in 2003. Nancy has twenty years experience as a Director of Photography on over 30 documentaries and feature films broadcast for Channel 4, BBC, ABC, National Geographic, and PBS and has filmed in Europe, Africa, India, Pakistan, Iceland, the U.S, and Brazil. She was nominated for a Television Emmy Award in 2002 for outstanding cinematography on The Human Face, produced by John Cleese. Among her work as cinematographer is Pratibha Parmar and Alice Walker’s Warrior Marks. She has an MFA from the Royal College of Art in London, two grown children, and is currently a professor at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches film production and cinematography.
Born, raised and current of London (south). No Bra (2004-6): co-wrote unexpected hit ‘Munchausen’. Terse humour and observations/ worldly interests further evident with work of ecstatic noise trio Baraclough (2006–). Current focus is on solo and collaborative works and performances. Latest album, ‘Fleshpile Sister’, released in October, is a selection of dub versions of vocal album ‘Fleshpile Thematic’ (released by The Tapeworm in January 2013) Previous solo releases include ‘Glacial’ (Entr’acte, 2012) and ‘Voluntary Redundancy Salad’ (Beartown Records, 2011).
Debbie received a Masters from the Royal College of Art in London where she specialised in photography and film. She is an award-winning director and has made work across different genres, documentary films, docu-dramas and commercials. Her documentary work covers a variety of subjects, from social issue-based themes to arts and culture. Her debut documentary ‘Ordinary Magic’, with music composed by Michael Nyman, screened at a number of festivals both in the UK and abroad. She won several awards for her anti-knife crime campaign ‘It Doesn’t Have to Happen,’ two short docu-dramas based on real testimonies. Debbie has directed for Sky Arts and Deutsche Grammophon and most recently filmed with Classical Brit award winner, guitarist Milos Karadaglic, which has been broadcast in the UK, Germany and France and released along with Milos’s debut CD.
Visiting assistant professor of theatre arts at University of Minho, assistant professor of theatre arts at University of Jordan since 2010, while at University of Jordan, he also served for one year as assistant dean of College of Arts and Design. In addition to directing for theatre and his academic work in leading research projects and teaching, Fadi has led many programs using theatre as a tool to address human rights/women equality/youth empowerment/and personal development, in addition he has led workshops in acting, shadow theatre, and applied theatre. His work has expanded over many countries such as USA, Canada, Jordan, Egypt, Portugal..etc. Fadi returns in 2013 to partner with colleague Susan Todd as they direct LOL Chat Noir, a collaborative performance for FuturePLaces. He holds a PhD in Performance as Public Practice at The University of Texas in Austin (2009).
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Maria Strecht Almeida
Professor at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS) of the University of Porto. With background in Biochemistry by the University of Porto, she holds a PhD in Sociology by the University of Coimbra. Her teaching activity covers the area of biophysics as well as science and society topics. Current research interests are in the field of sociology of science, focusing on the dynamics of knowledge production in the life sciences and biomedicine and including the role of visual representations in this dynamics.
UK-born Philip Marshall is a freelance designer for print and digital, working in the music and fashion industries for the likes of Comme des Garçons, David Sylvian and ZTT. A close collaborator of the Touch/Ash International network, he is also one third of 333 (“because 4:33 is so last century”). Since 2009 he has been spokesworm and co-curator of the The Tapeworm. En passant, Marshall is holding the high office of Minister of Nothing from Elgaland-Vargaland. He is currently living and working on Easyjet flights between London and Berlin.
Susan Gayle Todd
Susan Gayle Todd holds a Ph.D. in Performance as Public Practice and an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. As a playwright, theater director, and scholar, Susan specializes in canonical confrontations that reshape and adapt classical works according to the marginalized perspectives of women, people of color, and other othered identities. Her original works Sycorax and The Weird Sisters, Hand in Hand have been produced by the Cohen New Works Festival and the Weird Sisters Women’s Theater Collective, an all female collaborative troupe Susan founded in 2004 and currently directs. Susan teaches rhetoric at St. Edward’s University and lectures in the Huntington Library’s Summer Shakespeare Program in California. She also writes and directs theater for young audiences at the Scottish Rite Theater in Austin, Texas. Having fallen in love with Futureplaces in 2011, Susan returns in 2013 to partner with colleague Fadi Skeiker as they direct LOL Chat Noir, a collaborative performance that explores local citizenship and social issues through applied theater and chat.
Filmmaker, Actor, Singer-Songwriter. Born 1953, California. Suffered suburbanisation, moved to San Francisco in 1974. Bachelor of Creative Arts Interdisciplinary San Francisco State University 1976. Collaborated with Winston Tong and Tuxedomoon, creating original mixed-media theatrical perfomances and concerts,1978-present. Emigrated to Europe with Tuxedomoon in 1979, eventually locating in Brussels, Belgium. Performed in numerous concerts, including all major European cities, USA, Japan. Second Assistant director of feature films 1992-1994. Singer-songwriter with The Weathermen and Microdot, numerous tours in Europe and USA, 8 LP CDs released. Actor in 25-30 films in secondary and principal roles. Director of music clips, including Philippe Swan, Minimal Compact, Tuxedomoon, 1984-1988. Director of tele-series ‘Sandman Pete’ RTL 1995. Director of documentaries including ‘Isola de Teatro’ for Inteatro Polveriggi, 1984; Festival de Musiques Interdites, Marseilles, 2012; Musee de la Mode Marseilles Chantal Thomas, 2002. Director of fiction films ‘Solome Mas o Menos’, 1997; ‘One Minute of Time’, 2000; ‘Pas Bavarde’, 2004. Appeared and curated retrospective of works by Winston Tong and Bruce Geduldig at Bellone House of Performing Arts, Bruxelles, 2012.
Fátima São Simão
Fátima São Simão was born in Porto, where she studied at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Porto. She has also lived in Italy and in the UK, where she completed her MA in Cultural Policy and Management, at City University of London. She is executive manager for UPTEC PINC, the Creative Industries Centre of the University of Porto’s Science and Technology Park (UPTEC), supporting the development of cultural and creative startups and projects since 2009. Fátima is the public lead of Creative Commons Portugal and executive coordinator of futureplaces, medialab for citizenship. She a PhD researcher at the Faculty of Fine Arts and member of the scientific board of the University of Porto’s PhDDesign programme.
Dj Fluffy first started with a marshmallow little business that immediately it turned into an real empire. This grown turned Her completely addicted to those sweets. Regularly during night, She is seen leaving her house towards the petrol station just to kill her cravings. And many times barred at public places entries for possession of unlawfully sweeties. Has spent much time in special re-hab with premium therapy such music and fruit-flavored sweets. It was where She found the way to peace. Today She has the best radio station of the world. Despite been sober for a while, sometimes we still can track one or two sweeties on her coat pockets. Recently she’s been involved in a famous sweeties company robbery.
Dr. Strover teaches and researches various topics related to communications and telecommunications, including communication theory, research methodology and telecommunications policy, in the College of Communication at the University of Texas. She also directs the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute there. One of her latest projects at the Institute is heading up the national Telecommunications Panel for the Rural Policy Institute, a national, multi-university think tank devoted to rural issues. The Panel will work on various national rural telecommunications policy issues.
Donato Ricci is a Communication designer and a researcher in the area of data visualization and digital methods. Currently, he is a PostDoc researcher and design lead at SciencesPo | médialab, where he conducts researches and participates to projects in human and social sciences. In particular, he follows all the design aspects of Bruno Latour’s latest project, aime, and he develops tools and approaches for interpreting social phenomena (i.e. socio-technical controversies) through digital traces. Since 2005 he has been involved in the development of the DensityDesign Lab research and teaching programs, where he started and deepened his interest in exploring the role of visual languages to increase public engagement in complex social issues by using digital data. In 2010 he obtained a PhD degree, summa cum laude, in Industrial Design and Multimedia Communication at the Politecnico di Milano. He is Research Assistant Professor of “Digital tools and methods for visualization” at Politecnico di Milano and Assistant Professor of “Representação e Conhecimento” (Knowledge and Representation) at Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal). The aim of these courses is to expose and exploit the representational mechanisms of disciplines as geography and cartography and their artifacts–namely diagrams and maps–to be repurposed for design practices. His works have been featured in several conferences and exhibitions (Medialab Prado; siggraph; mit Humanities+Digital Conference, The Art of Network), publications and showcases (Data Flow; Visual Complexity; Visual storytelling). He got a bronze (2012) and a silver medal (2013) at Malofiej-Awards.
André Valentim Almeida
André Valentim Almeida is a Portuguese linear/interactive filmmaker and editor, professor and PhD student currently finishing his dissertation on Interactive Documentary. André has been teaching media production at the University of Porto (currently exempt from classes) and was the scientific coordinator of a major video training program at the newsroom of the Portuguese news agency (LUSA). He was a fellow on the first yearlong Collaborative Studio (documentary program) at the UnionDocs (Brooklyn, NY) where he became the Collaborative Studio Director. As a filmmaker, he directed/edited three feature documentaries -“The Quest of the Schooner Creoula”, “From New York with Love” and “Uma na Bravo Outra na Ditadura” and is now finishing editing the documentary “The Faithful” directed by Annie Berman. Andre’s work has been screened at MoMA, IndieLisboa, Carpenter Center for Visual Arts, TEDx Brooklyn among others. Though he’s not thrilled on public appearances he was a TED speaker at TEDx Aveiro.
Autodigest was conceived [as in 'concept'] in a hotel lobby on May 26, 2001, at approximately 9 a.m., after a night of excess and euphoria (a lot milder than you may think, actually). Hotel muzak acted as the trigger for a quick rêverie on the state of music at the beginning of the 21st Century. Through a series of unplanned events and actions, coincidences and convergences, Autodigest became the focus for an ‘apocalyptic’ perception of contemporary culture, dedicated to developing and sharing a critical eye within a culture that is quickly becoming synonymous with ‘pure entertainment’.
Autodigest has made live appearances since 2002, establishing the world record by performing the shortest concert ever (one-second-long concert in Stockholm, May 24, 2002), and beating its own record in June 2004 (half-a-second-long gig in Porto, Portugal). Autodigest has meanwhile released sound documents via Touch, Ash International, KREV, The Tapeworm, Cronica Electronica, The Gulbenkian Foundation, Radio Manobras and various blogs.
Though not secretive, Autodigest remains anonymous. It means to walk the tightrope between the complexity of the issues addressed and a hyperconformist approach to cultural resistance, placing itself right in the middle of the syndromes it analyses and critiques. For all we know, one of these days it might surface as a reality show… In the meantime, keep on cheering!
A Ph.D from the Department of Design of the Royal College of Art (2003) and Master in Visual Communication (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1992), Heitor is a Professor of Design and New Media at the University of Porto. He is also a member of the Scientific Board for Humanities and Social Sciences of the National Foundation for Science and Technology, as well as Director of ID+ (Institute for Research in Design, Media and Culture) on behalf of the University of Porto. Since 2006, Heitor has been developing R&D within the UTAustin-Portugal program for Digital Media, where he is now National Outreach Program Director, and where he curates the annual digital media festival FuturePlaces since 2008. Since 2003, under the alias Autodigest, Heitor has released a series of sound documents on various music labels (Ash International, Touch, Cronica Electronica, The Tapeworm, Gulbenkian Foundation). Heitor is currently art director for the editorial outcomes of Manobras no Porto, a singer at Stopestra, and co-owns the random music label 333. His research interests currently gravitate towards participatory media, creative citizenship action and cultural criminology.
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.
Daniel is pursuing his PhD in Digital Media at the University of Porto, Portugal, since 2009: The Museum of Ransom. Daniel holds a Master’s degree in Multimedia Art from the Fine-Arts School of The University of Porto (2008). He is a freelance Graphic, Video and Motion Designer and 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 ID+, Research Institute on Design, Media and Culture.
Pedro Cardoso is a designer, researcher, professor and a PhD student at the University of Porto pursuing studies in video games in the context of new media and interaction design, and developing experimental work in this scope. He graduated in Communication Design and holds a Master’s degree in Image Design from the University of Porto. He is currently a member of ID+, Research Institute on Design, Media and Culture.
Pedro Carvalho de Almeida
Pedro Carvalho de Almeida is a communication designer, educator and researcher. Holds a Ph.D from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), and a masters degree in Design, Materials and Product Management from the University of Aveiro, Portugal. He is Auxiliary Professor at the Communication and Arts Department, University of Aveiro, is an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London where he recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship funded through an award from the AHRC for Cultural Engagement, and a visiting lecturer at ESAD Matosinhos (MA Communication Design), Portugal. He is also a member of the Scientific Board of the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto (FBAUP). He specializes in visual identity and brand semiotics. Previous communication design work includes brand mark designs, visual identity systems, consultancy and training for a broad range of organizations in Portugal and the UK. His teaching covers visual identity and brand design, strategic design, design management, product semantics, visual research methods and contextual studies. His research addresses the recovery, organization and use of brand archives as a generative resource for brand innovation. He is member of the Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture (ID+), Portugal.
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.
Composer and performer of live electroacoustic music, Rui Penha was born in Porto in 1981. He studied. A lot. With as many people as he could (some were aware of this). One supervised his PhD. He has a deep interest on music technology and the way it can help bring new music and new musicians to the world. He teaches. A lot. He is happy about it.
Marianne Baillot lives and works between Paris and Porto. Creating and performing her own shows since 2006.
2006: Aime, Aime, Aime with Mia Habib and Min Koung Lee
2007: Komposition initiated by Anne Juren, with Anne Juren, Alix Eynaudi et Agata Maszkiewicz
2008: Stonewashed with Cie Instavel
2009: Razzle Dazzle with light designer Séverine Rième.
2010: Measure it in Inches, a Thank-You Speech with Antonio Pedro Lopes
2011: Yeeepeee !!!, Mini Opera Comique et Chorégraphique with Charlotte Plasse
She is currently working with Jérôme Marin and Daniel Larrieu on a new show ” l’âme au diable” and on a new solo work.
Filipe Lopes was born in 1981, in Porto. In 2003 he graduated in Music Education at Porto Superior School of Education. In 2006 he won the prize “best experimental audio” at Festival Black&White and in 2007 was awarded an artistic residency at Miso Music Portugal (LEC). In 2007 he completed a degree in Composition at Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), developing strong bonds with electronic music and new media. In 2009 he finished his master’s degree at Sonology, in the Hague, creating Õdaiko, a software for live-score generation. Between 2009 and 2011 he taught electronic music at ESMAE. He also created the ensemble 343. From September 2010 till August 2012 he curated the project Digitópia, at Casa da Música, where he was already developing intensive work since 2007. He developed workshops, concerts and software related to music education. Since 2010, he has a scholarship by Fundação Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT), pursuing a PhD in Digital Media at Universidade do Porto and UT Austin. Supervised by Carlos Guedes and Bruce Pennycook, his area of investigation includes sound, space and identity. His compositional activity also embraces electronic and instrumental music for Theater, Film and Dance. These collaborations led to some international awards. In 2013, at Gaudeamus Music Week, he won the ECPNM/Gaudeamus prize with his composition “Do Desenho e do Som #3″ for Harp.
Andreia Magalhães (1976) has a degree in Art History and completed her MA with the thesis The Moving Image in Contemporary Art Museums: Proposal for a Model for Cataloging and Preservation Strategy (University of Porto, 2006). She is a doctoral FCT fellow. Her PhD research focuses on the moving image in contemporary art and its institutional integration, the study also traces the production and reception of Portuguese artists films in the 60s and 70s. In Portugal she has worked at the Museum of the Fine Arts Faculty, the National Museum Soares dos Reis and the Museum of Contemporary Art Serralves in Porto. Abroad she developed work and research projects at the Netherlands Institute for Media Art / Montevideo (NiMK) in Amsterdam, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, USA.
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