I’m proud to announce that I submitted my dissertation, “Curating-with: Artistic Methodologies for Social Innovation and Community-focused Acts of Care, Maintenance, and Repair” on January 17, 2020. Details on the oral defence to follow!


Work in the news

Extra extra… The 360° immersive documentary I produced, “Bailinha: O Mestre Calafate” (Director: António Baía Reis) had its première on May 2 at the Museu de Imprensa Madeira. The première was covered with a full-page spread in the Diário de Notícias Madeira on May 1 and follow-up coverage after the event.

The 360° 3D documentary is seven minutes long and reveals the craft of master boatbuilder Jorge Oliveira, otherwise known as “Bailinha”. One of the locations shot in the film, Bailinha’s studio, is no longer there: Bailinha was evicted shortly after filming, so that a hotel could be built on that spot.

Documentário em RV evoca mestre calafate ‘Bailinha’

Realizador do documentário ‘Bailinha – O Mestre Calafate’ dedica trabalho “à paixão pela arte e ao talento deste homem”


Coding for Social Impact

I’m pleased to announce that as part of my work with the youth of the Malvinas bairro in Câmara de Lobos, we will be collaborating with the Coding for Social Impact project at FEUP.

What is the Coding for Social Impact project about?

Empowering social innovators with minimal tech
Coding for Social Impact is a space to foster the collaboration between social entrepreneurs, technologists, creatives, changers, supporters, “you name it”… all those passionate about building minimal tech to effectively support concrete societal needs with high impact.

I proposed to develop a platform for Malvinas residents called “As nossas Malvinas” (Our Malvinas) which will serve to be a hub for documenting the change currently taking place in the bairro.

Also to empower the youth of the bairro, they will choose roles to take on in relation to the project team, learning from the inside out how the technologies they use are built.

I’m looking very much forward to working with the youth and the team at FEUP on this! Eu estou muito animada!


Balance-Unbalance 2018

I’m pleased to be presenting at the Balance-Unbalance conference this week:

Balance-Unbalance (BunB) is an annual international conference focused on art and design as catalysts to explore intersections between nature, science, technology and society. Every year, the focus is on one or more major current challenges surrounding the ecological crisis and discipline-transcending cooperation.

BunB 2018 New Value Systems will be hosted September 20th and 21st 2018 by The Patching Zone, the City of Rotterdam and partners in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The Balance-Unbalance conference brings together artists, designers, scientists, economists, philosophers, politicians, policymakers, sociologists, entrepreneurs and technologists from the world, based on the conviction that greater ecological awareness can be created through joint efforts. The conference focuses on debate, new insights and finding innovative solutions for issues arising from the global climate crisis. The 2018 theme revolves around New Value Systems. We specifically think of sustainability and social impact as important value indicators. Of course, we will also reflect on the practical, economic and philosophical issues that such new value systems entail.

I’m presenting a full paper entitled: “It Looks Like You’re Writing A Letter: The new value systems embedded in digital inclusion programmes”. Here is the abstract:

The concept of digital inclusion as a toolbox of strategies to combat the digital divide is currently an idea with traction in Europe. For example, Portugal recently drew up an ambitious plan for digital inclusion due to complete by 2030. In a country noted to have good digital infrastructure, it is also true that 26% of Portuguese have never been online (a high figure compared to Finland at 4% and the entire EU at 12%).  This paper will examine elements of the digital inclusion agenda alongside specific concerns and examples drawn from fieldwork currently in progress. While the benefits of online participation and digital literacy are many, what are the embedded social values in the tools introducing new users to technology? The consequences of implementing this agenda in rural Portugal, driven by a desire to maintain pace with the rest of Europe, will be addressed through a discussion of relevant literature in STS and adjacent fields and fieldwork findings.

See you at BunB!


Booksprint Report in EASST Review

An interdisciplinary gathering of scholars took place at Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI) on October 19-21 2017. We came together to discuss the issues we confront in our work looking at the intersection of remoteness, technology, and self-determination. What began as a plan to write a manifesto ultimately resulted in a hypertext document replete with ambiguity. The structure of the final piece was intended to mirror our booksprint location and site of inspiration – an archipelago of islands, in this case formulated as a series of interlinked but standalone pieces of writing.

I wrote a report about the booksprint for EASST Review and you can read that here.

You can view the online publication that we created here.


Workshop at the Critical Technical Practice Lab

The Critical Technical Practice Lab, where I am based at M-ITI, has a new blog to disseminate the activities that take place there. In a recent post, there is some more info about a workshop we are doing with a group of youth who participate in the Esc@Up program in Câmara de Lobos. These youth, and the Esc@Up program, are part of the project I’m undertaking as fieldwork. Check it out!


STS Italia: Sociotechnical Environments proceedings published

I’m pleased to report that the proceedings from STS Italia: Sociotechnical Environments have been published and are available for download.

This volume is comprised of a peer-reviewed selection of papers which were delivered at the 6th STS Italia conference in Trento, Italy in November 2016. My accepted paper is entitled “Artist as Science Communicator”:

Artists and designers working with scientists or science–related topics in their work often work in ways which partially mirror the science communicator. In this paper I demonstrate that artists working on long–term investigative projects with science have a unique role to play which adds more nuance to the overall ‘straight’ science communication offering. I examine three case studies: Paper Moon, a multimedia installation by designer Ilona Gaynor; The International Space Orchestra, an ongoing performance project by designer Nelly Ben Hayoun; and Cloud Maker, an experimental object by artist Karolina Sobecka. My paper will describe the unusual merits of these three cases as science communication in addition to their status as art objects, from my perspective of having worked closely with the artists on the works as commissioning curator.

Call for Participation: Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa

Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa

The conference brings scholars, technologists, and cultural producers together on the island of Madeira: a European territory off the coast of Africa, a historical site of mutual entanglement between the Atlantic continents, and a point of departure for European expansion. Here we’ll strategize ways to revisit, reframe, and recode the future of technology on and for both continents.

What can African theorists, technologists, and cultural producers do to generate alternatives to the influx of neocolonial narratives of tech entrepreneurship? What are key epistemologies and ways of being which are endemic in Africa that should be offered to the world through new systems and processes? How can an African information economy avoid the dynamics of the resource curse, where connectivity is extractive and exercised upon African citizens rather than by and through them? What can Western technologists do differently, and what are the spaces for collaboration?

This conference aims to reinvestigate these relationships and more in order to engender dialog between African and Western audiences and participants, who should leave Madeira equipped with new strategies and new collaborative partnerships.

We are accepting papers, creative works, and technologies that explore or demonstrate alternative socio-technical approaches. Contributions should be grounded in analysis and move toward synthesis: we hope to paint the “art of the [radical] possible” and generate new threads and pathways for the development of fresh technologies.

Deadline for submission: May 1

Conference dates: September 1 & 2