2014 brings fine contributors, newcomers, old friends and luminaries.
Names and bios arriving as we type.
Our partnership with Sonoscopia is further evolving.
A new partnership with the Future Cities Project is in effect.
Our teams are also in “go” mode:
Radio Manobras Futuras
The Futureplaces Impromptu All-Stars Orchestra
and a new ensemble:
The Oportosmouth Sinfonia!
Jillian C. York is a writer and activist focused on the intersection of technology and policy. She serves as the Director for International Freedom of Expression at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she works on issues of free expression, privacy, and digital security. With Ramzi Jaber, Jillian co-founded OnlineCensorship.org, a winner of the 2014 Knight News Challenge. She is a frequentpublic speaker on topics including surveillance, censorship, and the role of social media in social change. Her writing has been published by the New York Times, Al Jazeera, the Atlantic, the Guardian, Slate, Foreign Policy, and Die Zeit, among others. Jillian serves on the Board of Directors of Global Voices Online, and on the Advisory Boards of R-Shief and Radio Free Asia’s Open Technology Fund.
Jaime Munárriz Ortiz
Sonic & Visual artist. Explores sonic landscapes and synchronicity with visual processes, artificial lifeforms and generative image. Deeply involved with Processing, PureData, and LibreGraphics software.
Active in the experimental scene sine 1977 on a punk/new wave/after punk band (Los Monaguillosh), produces the first spanish HipHop album, works actively on the noise scene (Cerdos/Triquinoise),in the hybridation of rock, electronics and psychedelia (Destroy Mercedes), minimal ambient synth music (Druhb), audiovisual performance (Tag Magic Visual Circus). Exhibited painting and photography on galleries Moriarty, Villalar, La Kábala, Doble Espacio., Doméstico.
Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid where he teaches Media Art and Interactive Environments, after introducing digital technology in art and design studies.
Current audio releases are published under Creative Commons at Exp_net, Hazard Records, Fuga y Geometrik.
Jon Phillips is founder, manager and developer of Fabricatorz, a global design and technology company. From Beijing to Hong Kong, San Francisco to Berlin, Phillips manages a growing team of global creative developers to handle a diverse set of software, hardware and consulting projects while setting up companies, operations and infrastructure to fit client, project and property requirements. He began in art and technology, started the open source drawing app Inkscape, founded Openclipart online art community, scaled Creative Commons community and business globally, made hardware with Qi Hardware and then founded Fabricatorz in 2007. From clip art to contemporary art, opportunities to innovation, Fabricatorz works actively with highly respected companies and people around the world.
Visual artist, Drawing tutor at the Royal College of Art (London, UK) and researcher (Trans-technology Research, University of Plymouth, UK). His main research interests are in all things invisible including metaphysical aspects of electrography. With a background in experimental music and performance, Len is also director of the multimedia project FEAR. lenmassey.com
Ph.D Design Lecturer at Universidade do Minho – Portugal. She cooperated as a researcher at Future Cities Project in Art and Design areas. Dipl. in Architecture and Master on Urban Planning, her research interests are inclusive design, interfaces and technologies, accessibility and public transports. She conducted experimental work on Music and Architecture.
Tânia Calçada completed a Licenciatura (1999) and a PhD (2013) degree a in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Porto University. Between 1999 and 2003 she was working for a telecom operator, designing corporate networks. In the next 10 years she did research at INESC TEC in the area of wireless networks involved in projects related with wireless mesh networks and vehicular networks. Currently Dr. Tânia Calçada is full-time researcher at Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto in the Future Cities FP7 project. Her current research interests are related with the Internet-of-Things (IoT) in the context of smart cities: optimize the performance of sensor networks and vehicular networks, deploy IoT in urban environments, improve the power efficiency of IoT devices and networks, and leverage multidisciplinary research.
António Coelho is Assistant Professor at the Department of Informatics Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto where he teaches in the areas of Computer Graphics, Programming and Digital Games. He is the director of the Master in Multimedia, the assistant director of the Doctoral Program in Digital Media, both at the University of Porto, and member of the Board of advisors of the UT Austin | Portugal Program.
António Coelho is also a senior researcher at INESC TEC, having completed his PhD thesis in 2006 at the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, in the area of Computer Graphics. His research interests are focused in the areas of Computer Graphics, Serious Games and Geospatial Systems.
If, Bwana was born on New Year’s Eve 1984, making music that has swung between fairly spontaneous studio constructions and more process-oriented composition. Al Margolis has been an activist in the 1980s American cassette underground through his cassette label Sound of Pig Music, and a highly influential figure in the noise, industrial, ambient and classical electroacoustic music scene. He was co-founder of experimental music label Pogus Productions, which he continues to run. He has recorded and/or performed with Pauline Oliveros, Ione, Joan Osborne, Monique Buzzarté, Katherine Liberovskaya, Adam Bohman, Ellen Christi, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jane Scarpantoni, Ulrich Krieger, David First, and Dave Prescott, among others. ifbwana.com
Philippe Petit is a longstanding figure in the international experimental and electroacoustic scene. Since 1983, he has been writing, playing and publishing on many acclaimed magazines, venues and labels. He has been performing on festivals all over Europe, Canada, USA, Mexico, Australia and Asia, and releasing on labels such as Aagoo, Southern UK, Monotype, Alrealon Musique, Beta Lactam Ring, Sub Rosa, HomeNormal, Important, HelloSquare, Public Eyesore, Utech or Staubgold. His list of collaborations include Jim Thirwell, Lydia Lunch, Ron Anderson, Murcof, Faust (Jean-Herve Peron), Justin Broadrick, Cosey Fanni Tutti or Jarboe, among many others.
He also runs cult labels Pandemonium Rdz. and BiP_HOp. philippepetit.info
Mia Zabelka is a violinist and vocalist from Vienna, with Czech, Jeweish and French roots. She started playing the violin at the age of seven, and has since then expanded her classical training into the areas of experimental and electroacoustic music. Mia Zabelka currently plays solo and collaborates in duos with Audrey Lauro, Gino Robair, Philippe Petit, Electric Indigo and Zahra Mani, with video artist Mia Makela, in trios with Medusa’s Bed feat. Lydia Lunch/Zahra Mani, Astma feat. Olga Kosova/Alexei Borisov, Mia Zabelka Trio feat. Pavel Fajt/Johannes Frisch, TRIO BLURB feat. John Russell/Maggie Nicols and PHON feat. Andreas Willers/Meinrad Kneer. Recent concerts and performances at many international festivals and venues, such as Störung Festival/Barcelona, Donaufestival/Krems, MADE Festival/Umea, Wien Modern Festival/Vienna, Ring Ring Festival/Belgrade, Sajeta Festival/Tolmin, RaRa Festival/Siracusa, Mia Festival/Lisbon, All Frontiers Festival/Gradisca d’Isonzo, CoC Art Festival/Torun, Long Arms Festival/Moscow, VNM Festival/Graz, Mopomoso/London, Sonic Circuits Festival/Washington DC, Issue Project Room/New York, Cafe Oto/London, Nuit d’Hiver Festival/Marseille, strefa monotype/Warsaw, AAVE Festival/Helsinki, Avant-garde Festival/Schiphorst, Henie Onstad Museum/Oslo, Oorsprong Curator Series/Amsterdam, Festival Musique Actuelle/Victoriaville, Audiovisiva Festival/Milano, among others. In 2007 Mia Zabelka founded the Klang.Haus, a center for sound and interdisciplinary art at her house in southern Styria/Austria. The Klang.Haus is a meeting point for international and local artists and hosts the Klang.Zeit festival four times a year. She has been the artistic director of phonofemme Vienna, an international festival of female experimental music and sound art, since 2009. miazabelka.com
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.
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.
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.