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Play with Fire at Algoritmos Criativos exhibition, Pavilhão do Conhecimento, from February 6 to 26

Algoritmos Criativos exhibition is a project promoted by Ciência Viva and O Espaço do Tempo in colaboration with Audiência Zero. The exhibition will be open at Pavilhão do Conhecimento in Lisbon from February 6 to 26, 2012. The entry is free, join us!

Here are some photos from the exhibition opening »

And the Play with Fire installation »

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Meanwhile, here is the UT Austin-Portugal Program news on this subject »

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Play with Fire at AZ Labs showcase in Guimarães 2012

We were presenting the Play with Fire demo at the AZ Labs showcase in Guimarães – this time "burning" the holy "Penha" surrounding forest.

Here is the AZ Labs showcase video of the event on December 17, 2012 »
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The next day we did the first set of Play with Fire tests, and we will soon bring some photos of the whole experience :)


Play with Fire participating at the 10th Longa Noite de Curtas

We had a very good feednack from this 1' video resented at the 10th Longa Noite de Curtas, organized by Gonçalo Robalo, this time with the challenge-rule of no sound ;)


Play with Fire at ACE 2011 Creative Showcase & Interactive Art

We presented the Play with Fire demo ACE 2011 Creative Showcase & Interactive Art, in Lisbon, where I also had a fantastic experience participating as a student volunteer ;).

Another highlight was the study visit of my FBAUL students to the Interactive Showcase and Interactive Art :)))

Here is the 20'' (yes, seconds) madness presentation on vimeo »

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Soon we will be presenting some photos of the event, too. Meanwhile, take a look at the ACE 2011 Lisbon Conference gallery »


ARTiVIS "on fire" at ISEA 2011

September 15, 2011: presentation of the Play with Fire work in progress by me and Pedro Ângelo in the Sustainability panel at ISEA2011 in Sabanci Center, Istanbul.

Sadly Valentina and Nuno couldn't come and present the project with us, but overall the paper session and our Play with Fire presentation went very nicely. It started with Bin Jiang's presentation of his Ecotopia concept, a really thought provoking idea to build structures that host a countryside ecosystem inside a big city, fostering self sustainability and jobs for urban communities. Our presentation also fostered some interesting discussion on forest fire paradoxes, the unstable balance of nature without human intervention and some valuable references and figures to help consolidate the ongoing research.
It was good to get feedback on the project concept from Julian Oliver regarding facts and figures of forest fires and the effect of human intervention on natural cycles, and from Lindsay Grace later on regarding the concept's "interesting tension".
After the session we also met Lorenzo Taiuti, Valentina's thesis advisor in the Fine Art Academy (way back more than a dozen years ago) who dropped by to see his old student presenting, showing that ISEA's ability to attract a widespread community of digital art practitioners can be a forum to meet old friends too.
And last but not least we also had the pleasure of having Anna Barros dropping by our session to say Hi.

The rest of ISEA program was very good and it was really hard to balance it with all the unmissable historical locations, art exhibits and events vying for our attention in Istanbul.
Among the highlights were the fantastic keynotes by Oliver Grau, Roman Verostko and Sara Diamond, the two Art Market boat cruises on the Bosphorous for the networking and project presentations, and Jenny Leary's workshop on how to make magnetic latex impressions of your credit card.

It was also great to meet again so many friends from my recent stay in LA, like Jenny Leary, Sci|Art colleague Pinar Yoldas, and Melissanthi Saliba. It was also really nice to have the chance to meet personally Victoria Vesna's Art|Sci collaborators Roy Ascott, Sara Diamond and Christiane Paul.

The Portuguese participation at the conference was very strong, with really nice work presented by Ricardo Lobo from AZ Labs, Ana Carvalho, Miguel Carvalhais, Helder Dias, Margarida Carvalho, Maria Manuela Lopes and Paulo Bernardino, and the other Nuno Correia ;)

Overall we had a fantastic time at ISEA2011 and we hope to be a part of this community again next year in Albuquerque. Many thanks and congrats to the Artistic Director and Conference Chair, Lanfranco Aceti, for the excellent work and kindness during the event and also the whole process. As for Istanbul, it's definitely a city to return to someday to pick up on all the wonders left unseen.

Here's a flickr glimpse of what was seen »


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