Bio – João Martinho Moura

João Martinho Moura
Researcher and media artist born in Portugal. His interests lie in embodied interfaces, computer music, and computational aesthetics. For the past 15 years, he’s been adopting new ways to represent the body in digital media, creating interactive audiovisual artifacts, mostly represented by monochromatic visual abstractions and minimalist lines. João Martinho Moura has a special interest in real-time visualization, art & science, and digital interactive artifacts.

João Martinho Moura - Talk at TRANSMIT Conference. Prague
Picture: João Martinho Moura – Speaking at SIGNAL Festival Conference (Czech Republic, Prague, 2015). Picture: Dalibor Knapp

João Martinho Moura has presented his work and research in a variety of conferences related to the arts and technology, including the International Festival for the Post-Digital Creation Culture OFFF (2008); World Congress on Communication and Arts (2010); SHiFT – Social and Human Ideas for Technology (2009); International Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization, and Imaging CAe (2008); ARTECH (2008); ARTECH (2010); Computer Interaction (2009); ZON Digital Games (2007); International Creative Arts Fair (2008); ZON Multimédia Premium (2008); Le Corps Numérique – Centre Culturel Saint-Exupéry (2011); Semibreve Festival (2012); TEI International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (2011); Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012; Bodycontrolled Series LEAP – Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance Berlin (2012); Futureplaces (2012); ARS ELECTRONICA Animation Festival (2012); SLSA Conference – Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (2013), xCoAx – Computation Communication Aesthetics and X (2013), ESA – European Space Agency (2014), Fundacion Carlos Slim (2015), World Financial Center Beijing (2017); INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (2018); Braga UNESCO City of Media Arts (2018), European Commission STARTS initiative (2018); NATO Arts Programme (2019), Art Center Nabi (2019), ISEA 2019 – 25th International Symposium on Electronic Arts (2019).

Exhibition in Brussels (YMYI, 2008)Exhibition in Prague (WIDE/SIDE, 2015)joao-martinho-moura_06-300x300 (2)joao-martinho-moura_04-300x300

His work has been presented in a variety of places in Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, México, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, UK, USA, Republic of Korea and was included in the curated collections ‘Selected Works ARS ELECTRONICA Animation Festival’ (Linz, 2012), the ‘Processing curated collection’ (USA, 2008) and the curated catalogue of 2019 25th International Symposium on Electronic Arts, ISEA (Gwangju, 2019).

Picture: João Martinho Moura, performing at MadeiraDIG Festival. Madeira Island. Picture: Roland Owsnitzki, Digital in Berlin, 2017.


Started in 2000’s a series of embodied and theater interactive works, and created YMYI, in 2007, an embodiment and media work presented in France, Belgium, USA, Czech Republic, and Portugal.

Since 2009, guest media artist at Balleteatro, Porto, collaborating with choreographer Né Barros. (link1)(link2)

In 2012, presented “Camara Neuronal“, a neuro-audio-visual performance, commissioned by the Guimarães – European Capital of Culture, a project that involved science and art, presenting a single performer on the stage, with his body inter-connected to an audio-visual apparatus.

In 2012 presented “Super Collider Shape” in Linz, Austria, at the ARS ELECTRONICA Animation Festival, a minimal continuous audiovisual sculpture of sound and imagined black ink exploring Super collider generative sound algorithms.

In 2013 João Martinho Moura received, in Lisbon, the National Multimedia Award – Art & Culture, from APMP Multimedia Association in Portugal, for his public interactive artwork B/Side.

In 2013, premiered the first media art exhibition at gnration, a new space built in the City of Braga, a platform for creation, performance, and exhibition in the field of contemporary music, art, and technology.

In 2015, was invited by the Carlos Slim Foundation, and presented an interactive public artwork, Wide/Side, in the historic center of Mexico City, under the Visual Art Week event, as part of the celebrations of the UNESCO International Year of the Light. The artwork was presented, in the next years, in Braga, Barcelona, Prague, Cascais, and Beijing.

Has collaborated with the development of projects related to scientific data visualization for ESA (European Space Agency) space missions (link1) (link2) (link3).

From 2015 to 2017 he was an active member, as media artist consultant and contributor, for the application of the city of Braga to the UNESCO Creative Cities NetworkBraga Media Arts. The title of ‘UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts’ was attributed to the city of Braga on the 31st of  October 2017 (link1, link2).

Since 2015, invited lecturer at Escola Superior de Tecnologia at IPCA – Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave. Between 2010-2013, was invited lecturer at the Master Program in Technology and Digital Arts, at University of Minho, Portugal, teaching Media Art and Programming for Digital Arts.
Member of the artistic cooperative AUAUFEIOMAU, and founding member of the Artech-International Association.

Between 2016 and 2019 presented, with Choreographer Né Barros, Co:Lateral performance in 8 theaters, a real to virtual embodied performance, and its research at the 25th edition of ISEA.

In 2017 was in artistic residence at the INL (International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory), to prepare an artistic performance (Nano Abstractions) that was presented at the MNE 2017 – 43rd International Conference on Micro and Nano-Engineering, and INL Summit 2017.

In 2017, started ‘How Computers Imagine Humans‘, a research work related to the risks of artificial Intelligence misuse, and presented its research in China. The first exhibition was premiered in Germany, in 2018, and the work was exhibited, as invited artwork, at the International Symposium on Electronic Art, in 2019. Link

In 2018 he is part of the Organizing Committee of ArtsIT 20187th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation and DLI 20183rd EAI International Conference on Design, Learning & Innovation. He is also part of the organizing committee of Artech 2019 Conference – 9th International Conference on Digital Arts, that will happen in Braga, in 2019.

In 2018, presented 10e-10, an audiovisual performance related to data visualizations developed in the context of an artistic collaboration with the Micro and Nanofabrication Department of INL. The work was presented in the 10th anniversary of INL ceremony.

In 2018 was invited to present a video façade work at the 103rd-anniversary celebration of Theatro Circo.

Since 2018, he is part, as an artist, of the European Commission’s STARTS initiative, that promotes inclusion of artists in innovation projects funded in H2020. The artistic project, called ‘Sci-fi Miners‘, was created at the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory and Aalto University facilities, and presented, in 2019, as a Virtual Reality Performance, in Braga, and as an audio-visual and VR exhibition, in Seoul. Link1Link2 (video documentary)Link3

In 2019, João Martinho Moura premiered the first media art exhibition at the new NATO headquarters, in Brussels. Link1, Link2Link3

In 2019, João Martinho Moura was a guest artist at the Special Exhibition of ISEA 2019, the 25th International Symposium on Electronic Arts, ‘Lux Aeterna’, in Gwangju, South Korea.

Studied Technology and Digital Arts, with Professors: Né Barros, Adérito Marcos, Nelson ZagaloPedro Branco and Paulo Ferreira-Lopes.

João Martinho Moura is conducting his research at engageLab (University of Minho), a laboratory at the intersection of arts and technology, and is Integrated Researcher at CITAR – Centro de Investigação em Ciência e Tecnologia das Artes (Escola das Artes, UCP).

Studied Arts and Computer Sciences, obtained a master degree in Digital Arts and a degree in Technology and Information Systems, both at the University of Minho and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Science and Technology of the Arts in the field of Interactive Art at the School of Arts of Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

João Martinho Moura list of Exhibitions and Conferences.

João Martinho Moura list of Publications.

João Martinho Moura list of Artworks.

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