- INDEX: JOÃO MARTINHO MOURA / BERRU + DUST DEVICESMay 20, 2022
João Martinho Moura
João Martinho Moura is one of the most international Portuguese media artists, having, in recent years, presented his work in over 20 countries. During his artistic activity, he has been in close contact with different theories and concepts about space and perception: from comets or asteroids hundreds of millions of kilometers from Earth, to spaces occupied between atoms, matter in different states, to the intimate space of the body, he has been assimilating visions and perceptions, of closeness, of limits, whether artistic or scientific. For Index, João Martinho Moura has prepared a performance piece where he places, in an abstract and possibly more intimate way, reflections, passages through the concept of space, sometimes perceptible, sometimes obliterated, using memories, records or sound and visual annotations.
João Martinho Moura has been developing his work in the area of Media Arts since the early 2000s. He investigates digital art, interfaces, visualization, electronic music, virtual reality and computational aesthetics. In 2013 he received, in Lisbon, the National Multimedia Art and Culture Award for his contribution in the area of digital arts in Portugal. Since 2009 he has been a guest artist at Balleteatro, Porto, collaborating with choreographer Né Barros. He is the author of several academic publications in the area of media arts, interfaces and visualization. His work was included in the curated collections ‘Selected Works ARS ELECTRONICA Animation Festival’ (Linz, 2012), ‘Processing curated collection’ (USA, 2008) and in the catalog of ISEA 2019 - 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art, in South Korea, where he was a guest artist. He is a founding member of Artech - International Association, and is a member of the artistic cooperative Au Au Feio Mau. Since 2013 he has collaborated, as a media artist, in some international institutions such as ESA - European Space Agency, INL - International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and UNESCO. In 2018-2019 he was a laureate and resident artist in the European Commission STARTS (EU Science, Technology and Arts) program, having presented the result of his work and research at INL in Braga, at IRCAM - Centre Pompidou and Centquatre in Paris, and at the Art Center Nabi gallery in Seoul. In 2020 he was awarded the MindSpaces prize, a European Commission program that aims to create new urban and architectural approaches by integrating immersive virtual reality ‘neuro-environments’.
Dust Devices & berru
Áspero is an audiovisual performance project that unfolds through the conflict (and conjunction) of two entities: life and machine. These two worlds are often seen as antagonistic. This is, however, a fallacy. Áspero gives stage to the metaphorical staging of the larger system that governs life. This system was used in the construction of the machine. It is on this threshold between what is the organic essence of life and what is considered artificial that this play materialises.Founded in 2015, the Oporto-based artist collective berru has exhibited their work at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian - Lisbon, BoCA Biennial of Contemporary Arts, Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado (SONAE MEDIA ART Award 2019), gnration - Braga, Galeria Municipal do Porto, Arquipélago - Centro de Artes Contemporâneas - Açores, The Old Truman Brewey - London, among many others. Cláudio Oliveira (Dust Devices) is a composer, sound designer and photography director. Graduated in Cinema and Audiovisual by ESAP, he became interested in electronic music production and creation in the visual arts world from an early age. The combination of these two platforms of expression led him to develop several projects throughout his career related to both, writing music regularly for fiction and documentary films, video games, advertising and installations for several international and national clients such as the Sonae group, Fly London, ModaLisboa and Walk&Talk festival.