Bio – João Martinho Moura

João Martinho Moura
Researcher and media artist born in Portugal. His interests lie in digital art, intelligent interfaces, digital music, and computational aesthetics. João Martinho Moura has a special interest in real-time visualization, art & science, computer music, and digital interactive artifacts. For the past decade, 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 - Talk at TRANSMIT Conference. PragueJoão 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), INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (2017), Braga UNESCO City of Media Arts (2017), European Commission STARTS initiative (2018).

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 and was included in the curated collections “Selected Works ARS ELECTRONICA Animation Festival (Linz, 2012)” and the “Processing curated collection (USA, 2008).”


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

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 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 visualisation 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).

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.

Since 2015, invited lecturer at Escola Superior de Tecnologia at IPCA – Polytechnic Institute of Cavado and Ave. Between 2010-2014, 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.
He his member of the artistic cooperative AUAUFEIOMAU, and founding member of the Artech-International Association.

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 organizing Artech Conference – 9th International Conference on Digital Arts, that will happen in Braga, in 2019.

Since 2018, he is part, as an artist, of the European Commission STARTS initiative, that promotes inclusion of artists in innovation projects funded in H2020. The art and science project will be created at the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory facilities and presented in 2019/20. link1Link2

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, a laboratory at the intersection of arts and technology.

Studied computer sciences and obtained a master degree in digital arts, both at the University of Minho and is pursuing a Ph.D. in science and technology of the arts 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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