Nano Abstractions (2017)

Artistic residency at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL)

During the months of August and September of 2017, I was in artistic residence at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), located in Braga, Portugal. The purpose of this artistic residence was to demonstrate, through an art form, the research and development that is conducted at the Department of Micro and Nanofabrication.
The invitation was made by INL’s direction to artists from the city of Braga. I collaborated with the choreographer Cristina Mendanha and the musicians António Rafael and Miguel Pedro.
My role in this process was related to media art creation. I began with a series of observations on the SEM equipment (Scanning Electron Microscope), at the clean room facilities at INL. I then developed a custom software to create abstract visuals through a creative code process, using advanced computer vision techniques, optical flow, and depth information extraction, resulting in a series of imaginary nano inspired visuals, which were integrated with the choreography and music of the performance.

It was with great pleasure that I collaborated with INL’s team of exceptional scientists and researchers, as well as with artists from the City of Braga.

Artistic Performance presentations:
MNE 2017 – 43rd International Conference on Micro- and Nano-Engineering
19 September 2017, Theatro Circo
INL Summit
19 October 2017, Theatro Circo

Credits:

Choreography:
Cristina Mendanha [Arte Total Cia. | I2ADS – Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto]

Digital Art, Visuals, Code and SEM Observations:
João Martinho Moura

Music:
António Rafael, Miguel Pedro

Interpreters:
Gabriela Barros [Arte Total Cia.]
David Ramalho [Arte Total Cia.]

Dance Video Recording:
Filipe Lopes [Play Bleu | Arte Total Cia.]

Acknowledgements:
João Gaspar, Jordi Llobet, Eurico Moreira, Rosana Dias, Marina Dias, Gina Palha [INL, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory]

Ricardo Pistola [I2ADS – Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto], Viarco graphite paste material.