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”


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!


Creative Colab

For my seminar class with Professor Joana Resende, we produced an event about creative collaboration called Creative Colab at UPTEC PINC.

Our three themes in the seminar were storytelling, audiences/markets, and interactivity. Representing these themes we invited speakers Valentina Nisi, Ana Correio de Barros, and Peter Beyls. It was moderated by media personality Daniel Catalão.

The talks were great, but you don’t have to take my word for it — the whole event was streamed and the archive of the stream is on YouTube! Check it out: [youtube width=”560″ height=”315″][/youtube]

Big thank you to Professor Resende and my amazing colleagues!




A profile of my supervisor

A great, long read about Chris Csikszentmihályi, my primary supervisor, written by Luke Yoquinto.

Hunter Hunter. Photo by Chris Csikszentmihályi
Hunter Hunter. Photo by Chris Csikszentmihályi

Some quotes:

“Traditionally, the job of the engineer is to solve problems like that, not question them. But some new technologies cut deeper: solving problems on a functional level, but also raising the question of how we choose which problems to solve.”

““My first real art piece, and the reactions were crazy,” Chris said. “All these men who came to the show were like ‘Wow, is that patented? Are you gonna start a business with this?’” He would tell them, uh, no: “This is supposed to be dystopic.””

““Technology is, like government or economics, a human activity that needs to be organized and governed,” Chris wrote. “Our culture treats technical matters as it did economics during the gold standard.””


What I’ve been up to…

Following some productive meetings with my supervisor, I’ve been working on several things:

  • installing and starting to use Zotero for citation management
  • obtaining texts which my supervisor has recommended
  • drafting a paper for my seminar class
  • finalizing the process of obtaining credits for previous work/teaching experience
  • using an array of software tools to map out and probe my research question

… and much more!

Looking forward to curling up with the items on my reading list over Christmas. Happy holidays!


Planning first research question workshop

My primary supervisor is Chris Csikszentmihalyi, ERA Chair and Scientific Director of Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute. At M-ITI, I’ll be organizing a small workshop (which was initially just going to be for me) around working through the strong and weak points of my research question, and structuring my literature review.

I’m opening this workshop up now to anyone, and will post pics from the session when it happens. In the meantime I’m diving into reading and looking forward to a tour of Madeira that is being organized for us new PhD students!


Abstract and bibliography

Here is an abstract of my current proposal and draft bibliography.

Abstract: Innovation in Extreme Scenarios

My research will investigate the instrumentalization of the digital media industries as a state tool for economic growth as articulated within current European Union innovation policies. Insights into how innovation happens in practice (obtained from field study and literature review) will be compared and contrasted with the actual implementation of evolving EU policy. Highlighted in my research will be the particular role that digital media and high tech creative companies play in the emergence of social innovation.


Bauman, Z. (2013). Liquid times: Living in an age of uncertainty. Polity.

Berkun, S. (2010). The myths of innovation. O’Reilly Media, Inc..

Bernstein, P. L. (1996). Against the gods: The remarkable story of risk. New York: Wiley.

Caves, R. E. (2000). Creative industries: Contracts between art and commerce (No. 20).

Cunningham, S. D. (2002). From cultural to creative industries: Theory, industry, and policy implications. Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: Quarterly Journal of Media Research and Resources, (102), 54-65.

Deborah, G. (2012). The social construction of technological systems: New directions in the sociology and history of technology. MIT Press (MA).

Flew, T. (2011). The creative industries: culture and policy. Sage.

Gielen, P. (2013). Creativity and Other Fundamentalisms. Mondriaan Fund.

Horizon 2020, (2014). What is Horizon 2020?. [online] Available at: [Accessed 13 Sep. 2014].

Lessing, L. (2001). The Architecture of Innovation. Duke LJ51.

Liuhto, K. (2010). Rosnano and Skolkovo are Russia’s best innovation promoting measures, but they are not enough to modernise Russia as a whole. Edited by Eini Laaksonen.

MacKenzie, D., & Wajcman, J. (1999). The social shaping of technology. Open University Press.

McKenzie, J. (2001). Perform or else: From discipline to performance. Routledge.

Micallef, S. (2014). The Trouble With Brunch: Work, Class, and the Pursuit of Leisure. Coach House Books.

E.C. Martins, F. Terblanche (2003). Building organisational culture that stimulates creativity and innovation. European Journal of Innovation Management. (6:1, 64-74)

Mumford, L. (2000). Art and technics. Columbia University Press.

Saal, Harry J. Personal interview. October 11, 2011.

Taleb, N. (2012). Anti-fragile: How to Live in a World We Don’t Understand. Allen Lane.

Turkle, S. (2008). Always-on/always-on-you: The tethered self. Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies, James E. Katz (ed.), Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (P. 121-137)

Verhagen, M. (2011) To the Top: Towards a New Enterprise Policy. Retrieved from: