I am currently assistant professor at the School of Design, Technology and Communication (IADE) – Universidade Europeia, in Lisbon. Previously, I was visiting assistant professor at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. I am an associate researcher at the Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture (ID+) in the Unexpected Media Lab group. I obtained my PhD in Art and Design at the University of Porto. I received a grant from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT) to develop my PhD research that was published, in 2020, by Editora Caleidoscópio and Direção Geral do Património Cultural in Portuguese. I graduated in Fine Arts – Sculpture from the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and obtained my MA in Visual Studies at the School of Architecture and Planning of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. I have published, lectured, and presented my work in various international contexts.

I am also interested in collaborating with artists, designers, architects and colleagues with similar interests, as well as in working with MA or Ph.D. students whose interests deep in art & design, public art (face to face and online), site-specific sculpture, socially engaged art, and the aftermath of these art practices in art collections and museums. If you are thinking of pursuing graduate studies and would like to tell me more about your research get in touch with me.

News

CFP: papireto

December 2022

I was invited to be part of the scientific committee of papireto, the open access scientific journal of the Department of Communication and Art Didactics of the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo, Italy. The first number is out, read it here. To learn how to submit to the next number, read here.

 

Jury at a Master Thesis Public Exam

9 November 2022

Power in Transit: about Women in Public Space by Izabel Rosa, an art project that I supervised at the Master of Art and Design for the Public Space, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto.

My screenshot in the cover of O Tripeiro

September 2022

I was invited by Francisco Laranjo to do a cover for the century-old magazine O Tripeiro, published by the Comercial Association of Porto, in Portugal. There are various layers in this screenshot, some related to the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP) were I taught for several years, and met amazing artists, students and peers — some of the “New Tripeiros” of Porto.

Table of Contents

Text for Carla Rebelo’s exhibition at CAAA, Guimarães

3 September 2022

Artist Carla Rebelo is having her solo show The City of Weavers at CAAA Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura, in Guimarães, with recent textile and site-specific work. I wrote the text  “The Textile Heritage in Guimarães and Site-specific Sculpture by Carla Rebelo”  that you may read at the venue or here. You can visit the exhibition until 30 October 2022.

The admission to CAAA is free.

Carla Rebelo Website | CAAA Website

Emergent Matters – R&D project

August 2022

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, the main Portuguese Governmental institution funding R&D projects, released the results of its 2022 call in all scientific domains, and the project EMERGENT MATTERS: A proposal for a Collection of Art of the Advanced Artistic Research in Portugal conducted by Helena Elias (IR) and I (Co-IR) will be funded, starting January 2023. Stay tuned!

Visit FCT.

Text for Carla Rebelo’s exhibition at Sput&nik The Window

23 July 2022

Artist Carla Rebelo is having her solo show Tangent Orbits, an environment built with her latest floating sculptures. I wrote the text that you may read at the venue or here. You may visit the show until September 3. Admissions by appointment only.

Carla Rebelo website | Sput&nik The Window

CFP: Cross Media Arts— Social Art and Collaboration

29 May 2022

Please consider joining another great conference of which I am part of the scientific committee, taking place 9-10 February 2023, at the School of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, in the beautiful city of Lisbon. Submit abstract here.

CFP: International Conference Public Art As a Bridge Over Troubled Places

22 May 2022

Please consider joining the International Conference Public Art As a Bridge Over Troubled Places, of which I am part of the scientific committee, taking place 17-18 November 2022 at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, in the beautiful city of Porto. Submit abstract here.

Critical review on my latest book by artist Miguel Ferrão

1 March 2022

My book Transformar Arte Funcional em Objeto Museal was subject to Miguel Ferrão’s attention and reflection. It’s a great review published in MIDAS special number “Cultural Policies and Museums”.

Read here.

Participating in the field trip to Jorge Vieira’s Public Art

26 February 2022

In the context of the parallel program of the exhibition “Jorge Vieira: Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner”, the Museu do Neo-Realismo (MNR) organises a field trip to Jorge Vieira’s public art in the cities of Lisboa, Beja, Aljustrel and Grândola, including a tour to Museu Jorge Vieira-Casa das Artes (Beja). This field trip will be guided by me (who wrote an essay for the catalogue), the co-curator of the exhibition Paula Loura Batista, the sculptor’s widow, Noémia Cruz, and the Scientific Director of MNR, Raquel Henriques da Silva.

For more information and registration here.

Moderating Lauren Bridges’ talk at Data&Us

9 February 2022

Lauren Bridges’ talk, The Carceral Effect of Smart Home Security, will focus on the recent home video security systems that have become “smart”. Using the case study of an Amazon branch – Ring which promises to create a “safety ring around its house” – this conversation examines the ways in which a seemingly benign technology transforms when connected to the internet, bundled in the cloud, shared on social media, and made accessible to authorities. Bridges, is a critical data studies researcher developing her Ph.D. research at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

The talk starts at 6.30pm GMT. Attendance is free but registration is required here.

Forthcoming Series of Talks: Data&Us

January – December 2022

Together with Ana Viseu (IADE-UE; ICNOVA), Cristina Ponte (ICNOVA) and Paulo Nuno Vicente (ICNOVA) I am organizing a series of talks on Data and #privacy #ethics #childhood #AI #surveillance #security #(in)justice.

Sponsors: IADE-Universidade Europeia & ICNOVA (Universidade Nova de Lisboa)

Website

Jury at a Master Thesis Public Exam

3 November 2021

Disseminating Human Echolocation through Public Art by Gustavo Romeiro, an art project that I supervised at the Master of Art and Design for the Public Space, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto.

Exhibition catalogue Jorge Vieira: Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner is out

September 2021

I am happy to share with you that the exhibition catalogue Jorge Vieira: Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner organized by Leonor de Oliveira and Paula Loura Baptista, that includes my essay “How Jorge Vieira’s Sculpture Found Public Space between 1980 and 2000”, is now available at the Museu do Neo-realismo bookshop. You can visit the exhibition until February 27 2022.

The admission to the museum is free.

Text for Joana BC’s exhibition at CAAA, Guimarães

4 September 2021

Artist Joana BC is having her solo show Things I think about but don’t say (as a matter of politeness) with some of her most recent textile and collage work. I wrote the text  “An experimental reflection on the work of Joana BC at Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura” that you may read at the venue or here. You can visit the exhibition until October 23 2021.

The admission to CAAA is free.

Joana BC Website | CAAA Website

Democimeira – Visões Úteis debut

June 2021

I have been collaborating with Visões Úteis theater company in their “demo summit” project. Directed by Carlos Costa and Jorge Palinhos, the project promotes several meetings between inhabitants of Campanhã neighbourhood, in Porto, and their political representatives (at local, national, and european level), around several board games. Together we developed an artistic framework for these meetings problematizing the inexhaustible game of representations and representatives. This project proposes a challenging intersection between art, politics, and citizenship.

Video – Documentary

More info at Público.

Wikipedia in Portuguese celebrations

8 May 2021

Join me and my Wiki-Portuguese speaking friends to celebrate the 20 years of Wikipedia in Portuguese! Below you may find the links for the full program and to access each session of the event.

More info at Meta-Wiki.

Transforming Functional Art into Museum Object – book launch

6 April 2021

Join me in for this event! I am introducing my book together with Lúcia Almeida Matos, Director of the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto, Jorge Ferreira, Chief Editor at Caleidoscópio Editora, and Rita Jerónimo, Deputy Director at DGPC.

My book is part of the Museum Studies Collection, a publishing initiative of Direção Geral do Património Cultural in partnership with Caleidoscópio publisher. The collection aims to fill the gap on the lack of significant publications in Portuguese in the fields of Museums and Museology, mostly long-term studies on the history of Portuguese museums. My book focus on the study of the exhibition of Functional Art in museums of art.

More info at Património Cultural.

Stolen nature series

Oceans Trophy (2022)

I designed and produced a trophy for the winner of the Oceans category in the Wiki Loves Earth Portugal 2022 photography contest, organized by Wikimedia Portugal (WMPT), the Portuguese chapter of Wikimedia Foundation.

The trophy is made of two main elements: a medallion of recycled plastic (nylon) part of abandoned fishing nets taken from the Portuguese coast. The center of this medallion is filled with a high relief  shape of a coral also made of recycled plastic. The second element of the trophy is a walnut wood stand. American walnut wood is generally used in exquisite furniture and is much appreciated for its density, strength, veins, and color. This fragment was provided and prepared by Álvaro Cardoso, an expert in wood who collects scraps with which he creates delicate furniture.

The making of this trophy was part of a partnership between WMPT, fablab_lisboa, and Zero p.

Photos: Paulo Andrade
Materials: Polymer and American walnut wood.
Total measurements: 34 cm x 12cm x 4cm.
Weight: 500gr.

 

Winning photos WLE Portugal 2022

The Book Dispersed (2017)

group exhibition by Unstable Media 

This international group show curated by Unstable Media established a space for practitioners to come together, read, think, and discuss aspects of contemporary visual culture, i.e., the rich and diverse methods found in books produced by artists. In the 1960´s and 1970´s artists’ books came to be seen as an alternative, democratic platform largely free from commercial and/or institutional control, which could be accessed in the private sphere. With the rapid development of digital technology and the consequent rise of the internet one might have expected the book to have become less relevant as an artistic medium, yet this has not come to pass. That digital technology has made it easier and less costly for artists to produce and distribute their work worldwide is certainly a contributing factor, but given its creative potential, couldn’t the artists’ book also provide a format that not only challenges exhibition norms, but actually expands its horizons?

Unstable Media was founded in 2015 by Ana Carvalho, Margarida Carvalho, Sofia Ponte and paula roush. It is dedicated to the organization of art exhibitions related to digital media, editing, performance, and participation that comment on the complexity of the contemporary moment.

Participants: Beatriz Albuquerque, Patrícia Almeida & David-Alexandre Guéniot, Ana Alvim, Isabel Baraona, Ricardo Basbaum, Stanislav Brisa, Jessica Brouder, Catarina F. Cardoso, Isabel Carvalho, Paulo Catrica, Julie Cook, Ana Efe, Os Espacialistas, Inês M. Ferreira, Ana Fonseca, Lara Gonzalez, Dejan Habicht, Michael Hampton, Teresa Huertas, Andrea Inocêncio, Calum F. Kerr, Sharon Kivland, Tanja Lažetić, Catarina Leitão, Ana Madureira, Fernando Marante, Daniela de Moraes, Eugénia Mussa, Eva-Maria Offermann, Andreia Alves de Oliveira, José Oliveira, Susana Paiva, Tadej Pogacar, Pedro Proença, Carla Rebelo, Eduardo Sousa Ribeiro, Mireille Ribière, Sara Rocio, Ana João Romana & Susana Anágua, Paula Roush, Ana Santos, Manuela São Simão, Kim Svensson, Filipa Valladares & Maria do Mar Fazenda, Francisco Varela, Rodrigo Vilhena, Emmanuelle Waeckerle and Gillian Wylde.

It took place between September 23rd and October 28th 2017 at Casa das Artes and Sput&nik The Window, Porto, Portugal.

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Femanoids (2022)

This is a series of mix-media drawings that speculates about identity stereotypes and cultural pressures women face daily. Femanoid aims to contribute to the debate of how the concept of gender has been changing and, more recently, has been subject to such intense controversy. It is also a nonsense name that makes me think about the sometimes redundant meaning-making processes that categorise women’s look, ideas, behaviours and interests.

 

In 2022, I was invited by Francisco Laranjo to do a cover for the century-old magazine O Tripeiro, published by the Comercial Association of Porto, in Portugal. I decided to do a screenshot of my website. Bellow an excerpt of the text that helps contextualise the cover image included in the printed version of September’s issue:

“A screenshot is an image of data displayed on a computer screen, mobile device or game console. The way content appears on a screen depends mainly on the electronic device, the operating system and the version of one’s browser. A screenshot can therefore be useful when one needs to show something that would otherwise be difficult to explain in words, for example reporting an error. By using a screenshot there is less chance of being misunderstood. A screenshot is generally used to record exactly what one is seeing on a screen in order to share with others, have as a reference, archive a web page before an update, or document a moment of a video game competition. The data gathered in this screenshot refers to artists and designers responsible for projects of various kinds. All have in common links, past or present, to the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and the city of Porto, and their online presence mirrors their physical presence in the world.”

 

Posters

 

 

Do it Yourself (2016)

group exhibition by Unstable Media 

This exhibition joins Portuguese speaking artists to focus on the notions of work of art, museum object and participation. We understand that curation has the potential to engage visitors in an experience that challenges their expectations about the representation of art. Thus, we propose that in addition to the instructions that are gathered here, visitors experience different concepts of works of art, showing how the norms and conventions of exhibitions vary in relation to the concept of art in which one is present.

Do it Yourself – Art by Instruction is curated by the art group Unstable Media, founded in 2015 by Ana Carvalho, Margarida Carvalho, Sofia Ponte and paula roush. It is dedicated to the organization of art exhibitions related to digital media, editing, performance, and participation that comment on the complexity of the contemporary moment.

Participants: Lívia Flores, Mónica de Miranda, Daniel Moreira, Susana Pedrosa, Inês Ponte, Patrícia Portela, João Ricardo, paula roush, Luísa Salvador, Susana Mendes Silva, Adriana Tabalipa, Rui Torres e Nuno Ferreira, Marta Wengorovius.

It took place between April 17 to May 21, 2016 at Sput&nik The Window, Porto.

You can read more about the exhibition at Academia. (Portuguese, English and French)

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Witches series (since 2015)

w/ Maria Ponte Pereira

Ongoing series of illustrations created with my daughter Maria.

It all started with a Portuguese witch… There wasn’t a Portuguese witch in the dictionary of witches and witchcrafts that Maria inherited from a friend and so this collection began! Here you will find some witches and wizards that we know well and that we miss being in a kind of book that has little of a dictionary and more of imagination.

Maria Ponte and Sofia Ponte are drawing witches since 2015.

These drawings were made with color markers.

Debutants ball series (2014)

The debutante ball is a traditional rite of passage, in certain social classes, to which teens girls are subject. It means that they participate in a party that marks the start of their adult life. It seems an innocent celebration but many times it also means that they are literally thrown to a succession of events that will change their lives in unexpected ways.

Collage and vinyl on paper,  50 x 70 cm each.

Device Medi(t)ation (2012)

A journey of passion, meditation and creativity w/ Joana Mourão 

A temporary urban intervention designed to develop a critical experience of the everyday life of the city of Guimarães, Portugal. The project aims to provide a creative experience of the public realm by questioning models of representation and perception of collective heritage.

Three rotating metal structures – The new stations of the cross – depict a performative relationship with the body in public. All three structures differ in the architecture and context of use, covering a broad spectrum of performers and spectators. Those who pass by or attend each site are challenged to participate and act on the flow that their urban performance generates.

More info at Future Architecture.

Brain series (no date)

Daydreaming in Public (2009)

w/ Tiago Pereira

Daydreaming in Public is a short-film that brings an insight to art boundaries and artists’ participation in contemporary society. It combines the work of artist Sofia Ponte with Tiago Pereira visualist practice. The authors reflect on the role of art in understanding the specific conditions of the emerging 21st century city.

vídeo, color, sound, 9’10’’
Portuguese and English
Subtitles in English
©2009

Nominated for the award Films About Art – Festival Temps D’Images in 2009.

Short-film

Screened at:
Daydreaming Devices in Exhibition, December 2016, School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto
5 1/2 Proposals to Work and Live in the Current Millennium, March 2014, Dutch Art Institute, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Between Document & Fiction 2, March 2013, Marquee Theater, Madison, USA
Between Document & Fiction, 2011, Cinema Passos Manuel, Porto
Filmfest Dresden – International Short Film, 2010, Dresden, Germany
Festival Temps D’Images, October 2009, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon
Arminda Exhibition, 2009, Goethe Institute-Portugal, Lisbon

Working Unit (2008, 2014)

This daydreaming device can be used in an individual way but also in a collective playful way. As much as it is perceived for facilitating immediate physical relief, it also supports awaken activities such as reading, writing, and daydreaming. The performative feature of Working Unit, a desk that conceals a red mechanical pillow board inside its tabletop, is released when its user starts turning a hidden knob elevating, at adjustable heights, a comfy pillow that allows rest or sleep.

Daydreaming Devices have various key features: they are both utilitarian and emotional objects; their acceptance depends on the user’s adoption of the visual metaphor they express; they reach their maximum potential when activated in a group of people; they attempt to affect an understanding of the awaked life.

Table with lifting pillow board.
First prototype: Finnish wood table, mechanical gearing, foam and fabric.
Minimum size: 91 x 61 x 73,6 cm
Maximum size: 91 x 61 x 86,3 cm
Second prototype: Beechwood, mechanical gearing, foam and fabric.
Minimum size: 120 x 79,5 x 79,5 cm
Maximum size: 120 x 79,5 x 97 cm

Dreaming Lounge (2007-2008)

This daydreaming device can be used in an individual way but also in a collective playful way. As much as it is perceived for facilitating immediate physical relief, it also supports awaken activities such as reading, writing, and daydreaming. The performative feature of Dreaming Lounge, designed for the reading room of Barker Engineering Library, at MIT, is activated when pulling a handle on the right side of the chair bed, that converts the chair in a bed, while releasing a blue canapé protecting the user’s upper body from exterior elements such as light and sound.

Daydreaming Devices have various key features: they are both utilitarian and emotional objects; their acceptance depends on the user’s adoption of the visual metaphor they express; they reach their maximum potential when activated in a group of people; they attempt to affect an understanding of the waked life.

Convertible chaise-lounge with canapé. Wood, 1 passengers seat from a GMC car, various mechanical gearing, foam and fabric.

Minimum size: 89 x 101 x 180 cm
Maximum size: 89 x 125 x 180 cm

Daydreaming Devices (since 2007)

Ongoing art project I initiated during my studies at the Visual Arts Program (VAP), current Art, Culture and Technology Program (ACT), at the School of Architecture and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2006-2008), USA. Under the umbrella of the concept of Daydreaming in Public I have created participatory art and design objects that mostly stage sleep and rest in public. They are praising public space as one of the prime sites for Daydreaming Together, construct and communicate world views, in ways that aim to amplify our understanding of the waken life.

Photomaton (2010)

Portraits of João dos Santos w/ Tiago Pereira

This video-documentary gathers documentation and testimonies related to the thought and activity of Portuguese psychiatrist João dos Santos (1913-1987). It explores sound and visual language to create an audiovisual document that is also an artwork. Inspired by the radio programmes authored by psychiatrist João Sousa Monteiro and João dos Santos, and broadcasted by Rádio Comercial in the 1980s, the film breaks down key concepts on child development and society, constant interests of João dos Santos. The video has a documental character, because it is about a man, and an artistic character because it is a product of culture, that reflects on various aspects of the human condition.

Video, color, sound, 58’
Portuguese
Rádio Televisão de Portugal and Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
©2010

Video-documentary

Screened at:
(A)Mostra Filmes e Ciência, May 2013, Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisbon
DOCLisboa – VIII International Film Festival, October 2010, Cinema Londres, Lisbon
Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, May 2010, Lisbon (premiere)

 

Fundamental Interactions (2006)

This art installation refers to the interactions that I had, from October to December 2006, with people that have no other fundamental explanation besides the interaction itself. I had a few happenstances with persons that I came across for no reason, just because I needed a mattress, a room, a piece of information, etc. They represent certain moments of action that document individual experience of time. I have drawn, arranged, and displayed objects related to the construction, representation, and transmission of our speech to reflect about ways of documenting ephemeral forces and interactions.

Installation
Text on vinyl, cardboard, drawings, tracing paper, tape, videos, monitor, table.
Variable dimensions.

While Robert Morris is Asleep (2005)

A serie of photographs taken at a vacant lot in the periphery of Lisbon, that represent some of the overlapping values produced by the fast changes that was being felt at the time in Portugal, on the verge of the opening of the first IKEA store in the country.
The landscape is populated by a female dreamy like character who embodies the male character of Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499) a restless young adult looking for love while overcoming all sorts of architectural forms and beasts. This work also pays homage to conceptual artist Robert Morris, who delve so well the idea of theatricality.

Performer Inês Tanqueiro.

Dream #1:
B/W prints on paper, 21 x 15 cm each.
Dream #2:
B/W digital prints on transparent PEGT, 100 x 70 cm each.
Dream #3:
B/W prints on paper, 21 x 15 cm each.
Dream #4:
Color digital print on paper, 100 x 70 cm.

Exhibited at:
Academy of Arts of Ponta Delgada, Azores
Cirurgias Urbanas, Porto

 

Shipwreck (2005)

w/ José Carlos Teixeira

This site-specific video-installation reflects on the emotional states of fragility, isolation, and solitude. Two video-projections, one of a woman and another of a man in wet clothes diametrically opposed to one and other, representing the space of exhibition, the Sala do Veado (deer room) at the Museum of Natural History of the University of Lisbon, Portugal. The images are mirroring each other and bringing to the center of the room the visitor and the psychological density of the video characters entangled on the borders between reality and fiction.

Vídeo-installation
13’47’’ loop, color, sound.

Also exhibited at:
8 ème Rencontres Internationales Paris-Berlin, Grand Hall de La Vilette, Paris
Arts Academy of Ponta Delgada, Azores

 

Paradise in Pieces (2004)

w/ Inês Ponte and Joana Mourão

Performative manifesto about the state of Public Art in Portugal.

Excerpt of our manifesto: “We walked around Costa da Caparica, inspecting potential spaces and potential forms that would materialise our vision of the complex relationships between the city and the beach. We stabilised in front of the towers. The famous towers of Costa da Caparica: four 12-storey buildings, about 30 metres high, separated from the beach by the natural dune that runs along much of the coast. The platforms between the towers, where pools that remain empty were installed, destroyed any possible relationship between the territory to the west – the beach – and to the east – the town – thus defining an impassable wall. The town was turned with its back to the sea and to the beach. The fishermen’s quarter was sealed off from contact with the sea by the priority given to seasonal accommodation for tourists, which today is clearly underused.”

Text, photographs and video.

I was one hour quiet and one hour silent (2001)

Site-specific audio-visual installation at Gás Rápido warehouse, Porto.

I experiment with the concept of sculptural production beyond its most obvious materiality. At the time, this warehouse had several orange gas canisters stored in metal structures placed in an open space surrounded by trees, wind, birds and a creek. I created a soundtrack combining sounds of gas leaking and burning gas in a repetitive minimalist way. This sound could be accessed through three audio stations placed along the main metal structure. In this circumstances visitors were invited to experiment samples of the concept of “natural” and of the concept of “artificial”.
The artwork explores the tension between a seemingly harmless landscape, such as the one physically surrounding this warehouse, and the invisible contained gas ready and waiting for an opportunity to burn.

Sound-installation
7’11’’ sound loop.

Documentation of this artwork was included at:
Belas Artes em Erasmus, group exhibition curated by José Carlos Teixeira and Cristina Regadas at Galeria Municipal, Biblioteca Almeida Garrett, Porto, 2002.

#Sound art #Site-specific #Sculpture

Self-Portrait (2001)

This self-portrait offers an insight into the understanding of my early 20’s, a suspended building with several seemingly antagonistic chambers. This object has a three-dimensional quintessence difficult to define in a permanent way. It is a drawing project that also contributes to the endless problematic of identity issues through self-representation.

From image 1 to 4: digital prints, 50 x 50 cm each.
Image 5: digital print, 15 x 10 cm.

Drawings and Illustrations

Drawing is one of the things that really inspires me. I experiment, depict details, turn around ideas and ruminate in thoughts. I see things through different lenses. It makes me look at the familiar in refreshing ways. I enjoy so much the time I spend drawing. It is never time wasted.

Teaching

Over the years I have designed and taught a number of graduate and undergraduate courses in Art and Design degrees. You may find a sample on the side (or bellow). Email me if you have any inquiries.

Graduate Courses

  • Research Methodology

    Master in Design and Advertising. School of Design, Technology and Communication (IADE) Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, Portugal, from 2021-2022.

  • Art, Communication and Visual Culture

    Master in Art and Design for the Public Space. School of Fine Arts, University of Porto, 2016-2020.

  • Painting Seminars

    Master in Fine Arts. School of Fine Arts, University of Porto, 2016-2017.

  • History and Theory of Painting

    Master in Fine Arts. School of Fine Arts, University of Porto, 2015-2017.

  • Current Art Ideas and Practices

    Master in Fine Arts. School of Fine Arts, University of Porto, 2014-2020.

  • History and Theory of Image

    Master in Image Design. School of Fine Arts, University of Porto, 2012-2013.

Undergraduate Courses

  • Sociology of Art

    Design Degree. School of Design, Technology and Communication (IADE)  – Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, since 2022.

  • Art and Contemporary Culture

    Design Degree. School of Design, Technology and Communication (IADE)  – Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, in 2022.

  • Art, Culture and Communication

    Design Degree. School of Design, Technology and Communication (IADE)  – Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, 2021-2022.

  • Drawing and Visual Communication

    Design Degree. School of Design, Technology and Communication (IADE) – Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, since 2020.

  • Drawing and Visual Communication – Analytical Drawing

    Global Design Degree. School of Design, Technology and Communication (IADE) – Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, 2020-2021.

  • Theory of Perception

    Global Design Degree. School of Design, Technology and Communication (IADE) – Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, 2020-2021.

  • History of Contemporary Art

    Global Design Degree. School of Design, Technology and Communication (IADE) – Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, since 2020.

  • Digital Aesthetics

    Creative Technology Degree. School of Design, Technology and Communication (IADE) – Universidade Europeia, Lisbon, since 2020.

  • Research Methodology for Fine Arts - Sculpture

    Fine Arts Degree. School of Fine Arts, University of Porto, 2017-2020.

  • Contemporary Art

    Fine Arts Degree. School of Fine Arts, University of Porto, 2011-2020.

  • Modern and Contemporary Art Studies I

    Fine Arts Degree. School of Fine Arts, University of Porto, 2011-2016.

  • Modern and Contemporary Art Studies II

    Fine Arts Degree. School of Fine Arts, University of Porto, 2011-2016.

  • Theory of Image

    Fine Arts Degree. School of Fine Arts, University of Porto, 2011-2013.

Supervisions – PhD degrees

  • Scenography in recombination: a study on the thresholds between materiality and fiction by Aurora dos Campos 

    PhD in Fine Arts, University of Porto w/ FCT grant SFRH/BD/05918/2020 (co-supervision)
    ongoing

  • Appropriation in the processes of contemporary sculpture. Towards an analysis between dialogue and participation by Ana Almeida Pinto 

    PhD in Fine Arts, University of Porto w/FCT grant SFRH/BD/144433/2019
    ongoing

Supervisions – Master degrees

  • Power in Transit: About Women in Public Space by Izabel Rosa

    Master in Art and Design for the Public Space, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto

    Digital repository | Website

  • Disseminating Human Echolocation through Public Art by Gustavo Romeiro

    Master in Art and Design for the Public Space, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto

    Digital repository | Website

  • Fantasy and Internalization of Daily Life Experiences: a conceptual approach to sculpture by Yuga Hatta

    Master in Fine Arts, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto

    Digital repository | Website

  • Afrofuturism & the Present: an (auto)ethnographic journey to walking interviews with black women arts practitioners in Porto by Claire Sivier

    Master in Art and Design for the Public Space, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto

    Digital repository | Website

  • Book Object and Life Stories: Essay on South American immigrant women in the city of Porto by Tamires Mazzo

    Master in Graphic Design and Editorial Projects, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto (co-supervision)

    Digital repository

  • Headless Women and Other Events. Routes for public art in Porto by Mariana Morais

    Master in Art and Design for the Public Space, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto

    Digital repository | Website

  • Dramaturgies of the Everyday. Speculations on the fictional dimension of the real by Aurora dos Campos

    Master in Art and Design for the Public Space, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto

    Digital repository | Website

  • Sensing the Senses. Strategies to intensify the sensorial experience through design and art in urban space by Eduardo Pedreiro

    Master in Art and Design for the Public Space, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto

    Digital repository

  • Rubber Women: Stamp workshop and collaborative zine as a dialogue space between drawing and female representations by Gabriela César

    Master in Drawing and Printing Techniques, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto

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  • Adding and Subtracting in Painting: A dialectic of chromatic construction by Daniela Pinheiro

    Master in Painting, School of Fine Arts, University of Porto (co-supervision)

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Writings

#contemporary art #art&design #public art #functional art #interrogative design #exhibitions #musealization #museums of art #portuguese art #mini gallery #map of public art of porto #women in the arts #etheline rosas #alice jorge #daniel silvestre da silva #michael rakowitz #amy franceschini #krzysztof wodiczko #angela ferreira #fernando lanhas #joana bc #rui inacio #carla rebelo #jorge vieira

Etheline Isaac Chamis Rosas

Encyclopedic entry, in Dictionary of Who's Who in Portuguese Museology, 2019

This e-book is an ongoing project of the research group Museum Studies at the Institute of Art History of Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Its main goal is to provide a comprehensive overview of the experts connected to Portuguese museology, working in different scientific typologies. The first volume is dedicated to the professionals who developed their activity between the 18th century and 1960s.

My participation refers to conservator and museologist Etheline Isaac Chamis Rosas contribution to the development of a public institutional framework for the exhibition and collection of Contemporary Art in Porto.

Read more at Academia.
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Hypotheses of a further away infinite: the FBAUP and Porto

Essay, in magazine Crónicas das Artes – Contemporânea, 2018

Curator, and editor of this magazine issue, Antonia Gaeta, proposed to a few experts to consider the concept of “Hypothesis”. I organised some ideas about the relationships between the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and the city of Porto, formulating the hypothesis, and demonstrating it, that both have benefited from each other’s action in an increasing way.

Read more at Academia.
(Portuguese and English)

Credulous map, cruel reality, woman artist

with Mariana Morais. Essay, in Jornal Punkto, 2018

This essay focuses on the Public Art Map of Porto, published in July 2017. This printed map distributed for free by its promoter, the Porto City Council, brings together a significant set of sculptures, monuments, panels, and murals installed since the 19th century. Given that mapping any dimension of reality is often a challenge, what portions of the city of Porto do we see represented here? What value systems does this map seek to organise? This reflection problematizes the reduced participation of women artists in the Porto’s public art scene and hopes to contribute to a questioning of the presumed neutrality of this type of documents.

Read more at Academia.
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Unstable Media, constructions and disruptions

with Margarida Carvalho and Ana Carvalho. Essay in Portuguese Small Press Yearbook 2017

Unstable Media is an art group that acts through variable means subjected to disappearance. The group focus on contemporary art practices, the classes each member prepares and teaches (we are all university lecturers) and the various projects they take part in.

As a group, our activity focuses on developing participatory art and curatorial strategies, seeking not only to generate but also to investigate the complexity of these relationships. Our starting point calls for the study of exhibition, documentation, and archive models.  To this day we have been able to take advantage of our different viewpoints constructively.

Read more at Academia.
(Portuguese, English and French)

Functional Art on Display in the Age of Technoculture: Reflections on the Demodernisation Process of the Museum Context

Academic essay, in Conference Proceedings of the International Conference Public Art in the Digital Creativity Era, 2017 

This essay reflects on the exhibition of Functional Art in the technoculture era. Functional Art is an art segment related to the Socially Engaged Art phenomenon, a more recent typology of Public Art. Technoculture refers to the wide implementation of the digital technological phenomenon to the activities that surround us. The way Functional Art brings together various art practices, and the unstable nature of the artworks produced as museum objects, seem to be dominant reasons for creating challenges to conventional display.

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(Portuguese Only)

Contemporary (public) art in museums

Academic essay, in Conference Proceedings of the International Conference Musealization Processes, 2015

This essay focus on the transfer of meanings between works of art in their original iteration and as museum objects. To reflect on what such displacement implies, I bring together concepts of public art and discuss ideas about the institutional framework of an object of art. Focusing on the work of art paraSITE (1998-ongoing) by Michael Rakowitz, based on a portable shelter for homeless people distributed across several cities in his home country, and subsequently presented in various museological contexts, this article shows how the musealization of contemporary (public) artworks requires the design of contextualization strategies from the museum of art curatorial team. This argument is developed by discussing the strategies used in the exhibition Beyond green: towards a sustainable art (2005) curated by Stephanie Smith, where paraSITE was one of the works displayed.

Read more at Academia.
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How does street art survive in museums?

Academic essay, in Conference Proceedings of the International Conference Street Art and Urban Creativity, 2014

paraSITE is an artwork by Michael Rakowitz, that consists of a portable shelter for homeless people that has been distributed to over 30 people in several cities in the USA, since 1997, and has been presented in temporary exhibitions since 1999. I use this political work of art to discuss my current understanding of how complex is the (re)presentation of works of art created for the public space at temporary exhibitions in museums of art.

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The drawing of Daniel Silvestre da Silva in his solo show Orbital Panorama 1998-2013 at Sput&Nik The Window

Essay, in Rua de Baixo, 2013

Panorama Orbital: 1998-2013 is an exhibition that has a retrospective mood. This essay describes some of the nuclei of the many drawings by Daniel Silvestre da Silva. Considering that displaying is not a simple and uncompromising action, in this exhibition one can meditate on hierarchies, relationships and narrative structures of what is being shown, replicated, and observed.

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Alice was awaken

Essay, in Rua de Baixo, 2013

This essay is my contribution to the dissemination of the work of Portuguese artist Alice Jorge (1924-2008), by the way of the exhibition Alice Jorge – Traces, Echoes and Revelations at the Museu do Neorealismo, in Vila Franca de Xira. It is based on a brief overview of some segments of Jorge career. The essay is aimed at those who are unfamiliar with the artist’ practice.

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About a state of transition

Essay, in Artecapital, 2007

An essay about the project “Maison Tropicale” by Ângela Ferreira at the Portuguese Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale, in 2007. Ferreira’s exhibition consisted of a large sculptural object in aluminum, wood and iron complemented by a set of photographs of Jean Prouvé’s project Maison Tropicale installed inside the Fondaco Marcello. The sculptural object defines a penetrable space which seems to evoke a kind of container ship that has not delivered what it should have, leaving open the paths through which one transits from colonialism to a work of art, from a house to an artefact, from Africa to the Western world.

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Texts for Exhibitions

    The textile heritage in Guimarães and Carla Rebelo’s site-specific sculpture

    Carla Rebelo's exhibition at CAAA Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura, Guimarães 2022

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    Tangent orbits

    Carla Rebelo's exhibition at Project Room Sput&nik The Window, Porto 2022

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    An experimental reflection on the work of Joana BC

    at Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitetura, Guimarães 2021  

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    A cabinet of gestures

    Carla Rebelo's exhibition at Galeria Diferença, Lisboa 2020

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    The sea is a living thing and it does not speak (exhibition title)

    Rui Inácio's exhibition at Galeria Quadrum, Lisboa 2017  

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    Drawing circumventions

    Rui Inácio's exhibition at Sput&Nick The Window, Porto 2015  

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Books

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How Jorge Vieira’s Sculpture found Public Space between 1980 and 2000

Book chapter in Jorge Vieira: Monumento ao Prisioneiro Político Desconhecido, 2021 

This essay is part of the exhibition catalogue Jorge Vieira: Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner. It brings together some aspects of contemporary sculpture in public space, between 1980’s and 2000’s, and reflects on the contributions of Jorge Vieira (1922-1998) to the concept of public art in Portugal.

Eds. Leonor Oliveira and Paula Loura Batista
Publisher: Museu do Neorealismo / Câmara Municipal de Vila Franca de Xira
ISBN: 978-989-531218-1-8
150 pages

More info at CM VFX.
(Portuguese Only)

Transforming Functional Art into Museum Object

Book, 2020

This book studies the exhibition of Functional Art in museums of art. Filling a gap in the study of exhibition strategies of this type of artworks and through an analysis of their transformation into museum objects, this research takes for analysis three works of art and their respective social life: The Homeless Vehicle (1988) by Krzysztof Wodiczko, paraSite (1998) by Michael Rakowitz and Victory Gardens+ (2007) by Amy Franceschini.

Publisher: Editora Caleidoscópio and Direção Geral do Património Cultural
ISBN: 978-989-658-654-6
190 Pages

More info at Património Cultural.
(Portuguese Only)

Body, Space, Matter

Book co-editor with Rute Rosas, 2020

The essays in this book were carried out by five artists and researchers whose doctoral investigation is close to a theme of one of the CEM lectures. These lectures were conducted by artists, researchers, and professionals with the aim of discussing their methodologies and artwork at the intersection of fine arts and society. Each essay reflects a cornerstone of the student’s research and elements retrieved from the lecture in which each participated.

Authors: Ana Temudo, Bruno Ministro, Constança Babo, Inês Veloso and Paula Neves

Publisher: Research Institute in Art, Design and Society
ISBN: 978-989-54703-6-5
108 pages

More info at CEM Website.
(Portuguese and English)

The Value of Doing and the Value of Seeing Done: The Concept of Drawing of Rui Inácio

Book chapter in The Sea is Mute and Does Not Speak – O Mar é Mudo e Não Fala, 2017

The essay included in this exhibition catalogue focus on the art practice of Rui Inácio (b.1972). I suggest that this exhibition is an opportunity for the “value of doing” to meet the value of “seeing done. It is not always clear what an artist is “doing” through what he/she shows, especially when only scattered fragments of his/her work are known. However, to “see something done”, in art terms, can provide moments of real gratification for the public that is moved by this type of challenges.

Publisher: Galerias Municipais/EGEAC
ISBN: 978-989-8167-60-6
70 pages

More info at Academia.
(Portuguese and English)

About Painting

Book editor, 2017

This book brings together essays by eight students of the Master of Painting of the School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto enrolled in the courses of Current Art Theories and Practices and Theory and History of Painting between 2014-2017. Based on the contents discussed in class, students defined a research field and developed hypotheses and theories related to their own art practice and Painting, highlighting some of the central debates in the field of Contemporary Art.

Authors: Abigail Ascenso, Carolina Vieira, Daniela Pinheiro, Ivan Postiga, Joana Patrão, Mariana Poppovic, Regina Ramos and Tiago Madaleno.

Publisher: Research Institute in Art, Design and Society
ISBN: 978-989-756-124-8
159 pages

More info at Academia.
(Portuguese Only)

Musealizing Functional Art

Book chapter in Sustainable Art – Facing the Need for Regeneration, Responsibility and Relations, 2015

This essay discusses the challenges of exhibiting functional artworks in museums of art. Using ‘paraSITE’ (1998) by Michael Rakowitz (b.1973) as an example, I bring into to my analysis the idea of art historian Hans Belting that today art exhibitions are presenting more than just art. To consider the display of ‘functional art’, more specifically, I discuss the status of ethnographic objects developed by anthropologist Joaquim Pais de Brito, and examine the concept of “remain” introduced by curator Marie Brugerolle. I suggest that ethnography might constitute an enriching approach to develop the meaning of ‘functional artworks’, such as ‘paraSITE’, when exhibited in museums of art.

Ed. Anna Markowska
Publisher: Polski Instytut Studiów nad Sztuką Świata
ISBN: 978-83-62737-89-5
315 Pages

More info at Ibuk.

Fernando Lanhas

Book chapter in 100 Artworks in the CAM Collection, 2010

This short essay focus on Fernando Lanhas (1923-2012) art practice and more specifically on his painting “032-60”. The book includes essays about 100 artworks by Portuguese and foreign artists of the 20th century, that are part of the Centro de Arte Moderna/Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation art collection.

Coord. Isabel Carlos
Publisher: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Edições Almedina
ISBN: 978-972-635-210-5
214 Pages

More info at Gulbenkian.
(Portuguese and English)