MTF Aveiro 2021:  Just Ocean


Times are Western European Summer Time (GMT+1)

Monday 11 Oct

Tour around the salt pans, guided by Sofia Crespo and Feileacan McCormick and livestreamed via MEVO

14:00 - 16:00
Welcome to Aveiro

Sofia Crespo and Feileacan McCormick
Sofia Crespo is an artist working with a huge interest in biology-inspired technologies. One of her main focuses is the way organic life uses artificial mechanisms to simulate itself and evolve, this implying the idea that technologies are a biased product of the organic life that created them and not a completely separated object. Crespo looks at the similarities between techniques of AI image formation, and the way that humans express themselves creatively and cognitively recognize their world. Her work brings into question the potential of AI in artistic practice and its ability to reshape our understandings of creativity. On the side, she is also hugely concerned with the dynamic change in the role of the artists working with machine learning techniques.

Feileacan McCormick is a Norwegian artist, researcher & former architect based in Berlin whose practice meditates on ecology, nature & generative arts, with a focus on giving non-human new forms of presence & life in digital space.

Robertina Šebjanič and Gjino Šutić
Robertina Šebjanič is an internationally awarded artist, whose work revolves around the biological, chemical, political and cultural realities of aquatic environments and explores humankind’s impact on other species and on the rights of non-human entities, while calling for strategies emphatic towards other species to be adopted. In her analysis of the theoretical framework of the Anthropocene, the artist uses the term ‘aquatocene’  and ‘aquaforming’ to refer to humans’ impact on aquatic environments.

Gjino Šutić is a biotechnologist, a postmodern intermedia artist, innovator & educator. He is the founder and director of Universal Research Institute & Gen0 Industries. Gjino conducts research in several fields of science (such as biotechnology, bioelectronics, experimental electronics, ecological engineering) and postmodern new media art, such as bio art, digital art, installation art, multimedia art & hybrid art).

Fransisca Tan
Austrian-based food experience designer with a background as Master in Cognitive Science, communication, media and IT. Her projects such as the Vienna Food Festival, Data Cuisine, or the Social Business Restaurant »KANTINE in der Brotfabrik« attempt to use the topic of food as a way to build bridges. She sees food as a most basic human experience that connects and enables to access complex structures & concepts such as our sense of identity, traditions & cultures, politics & environment, nutrition and the like, in a playful, multi-sensory and delicate way - one bite at a time. Her most recent project in Koh Phangan, Thailand - where she was stranded when the WHO announced the pandemic - made her grow and explore the importance of community building on a level that she considers beyond words.

17:00 - 19:00
Anya Yermakova
Anya Yermakova is a composer, sound artist, and a historian/philosopher of logic, PhD graduate and Fellow of Harvard. In her body-centric methods, she employs acousmatic material, archival traces, and performance research, with the aim of enlivening the non-binary constructs beneath//above the forceful binarism in the world today. Recently she defended her PhD in History of Science and in Critical Media Practice at Harvard. Presently she is the artist/scholar-in-residence with the Ocean Memory Project.

Peter Keen
Peter Keen M.Sc, B.Sc, MIMarEST, has been monitoring the environment for over 25 years. Peter has been variously involved in air quality monitoring programmes; conducting coastal and deep sea oceanography; sampling benthic sediments; studying the biota both macroscopically and microscopically; following fresh water as it makes its way through a catchment; and analysing it as it comes out the other end. During his tenure at the UK Ocean Research Service Peter worked with the Sensors and Mooring Group and became involved in many high profile oceanographic and climate projects such as the RAPID climate change mooring array across the Atlantic at 24° N, and the multi-year CROZEX series of cruises studying natural iron enrichment in the south Indian Ocean in the vicinity of the Crozet plateau. His active engagement with these and similar projects led him to spend nearly half his time at sea during the years he spent with the NOC.

Marta de Menezes
Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist with an MA in Fine Arts, Univ. Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture, Univ. Oxford, and a PhD candidate, Univ. Leiden. She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium. Her work has been presented in exhibitions, articles and lectures worldwide. She is the artistic director of Ectopia and Director of Cultivamos Cultura.

20:00 - 21:00
Ocean science and the arts: Taking the pulse of the planet with satellite ocean data – Ravi Kapur, Dr Shubha Sathyendranath, Dr Thomas Jackson - live from Plymouth UK

Ravi Kapur
Ravi Kapur is a multi-disciplinary producer and social innovator who has worked for 25 years at the interface of media, education, science communication, social policy, technology, the arts and music. He has founded multiple commercial and non-profit ventures in these fields, and is a senior advisor on numerous projects relating to climate change, environmental communications and the role of space technology for social good. He is the founder and managing director of Imperative Space, a multi-disciplinary media, education, technology and innovation company working across the space sector. He was the founding director of the Innovation Challenges programme at NESTA in the UK, where he funded large scale interventions in carbon reduction, energy efficiency, health care innovation, social care and education. As a film-maker, Ravi has produced and directed hundreds of short films on science, technology, engineering and innovation, and has made numerous longer-form documentary films for television and independent distribution in science, current affairs and the arts. As an occasional composer and music producer, he has scored a number of documentaries and short films, and has previously collaborated as a musician in various genres. He has also worked as a journalist in print, radio and television.

Dr Shubha Sathyendranath
Dr Shubha Sathyendranath is a Senior Scientist and the Head of Remote Sensing and Marine Optics at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and Assistant Director for the Partnership for the Observation of the Global Oceans. Shubha has almost 40 years’ experience in the field of marine optics and remote sensing of ocean colour. Her interests include bio-optical properties of phytoplankton, marine primary production, biological-physical feedbacks in the ocean, phytoplankton phenology, ecological provinces in the ocean, development of algorithms for remote-sensing of phytoplankton and the use of ocean-colour data in climate studies. She has over 200 publications on these and related topics. A native of India, she has worked in India, France, Canada and the U.K. Her many scientific contributions have been recognized by the award of the Grande Médaille Albert 1er (Monaco). She has devoted considerable effort to capacity building in developing countries (for which she has received the IOC-UNESCO N.K. Pannikkar Medal). She is currently the Science Lead for the ocean-colour component of the Climate Change Initiative of the European Space Agency.

Dr Thomas Jackson
Dr Thomas Jackson is the Ocean Colour Climate Change Imitative Research Scientist at Plymouth Marine Laboratory in the UK. Thomas’s work looks at many aspects of marine biology and optics but his primary focus is on oceanic remote sensing and algal photo-physiology. He is working to create a high quality, consistent, error-characterised, set of remote sensing data products for the global oceans and is involved in a number of ‘citizen science’ initiatives to gather additional data about the oceans.


21:00 - 22:00
Satellite Rendezvous I: York Toronto, IIT Chicago, Arte + Ciencia and Bioscénica Mexico City, Labatier Cymatics Rio de Janeiro



Tuesday 12 Oct

Provocateurs: Alexandra Antonopoulou and Michela Magas (Brainstorming global sessions)

Satellite Rendezvous II: LCC, University of the Arts London, University of Porto, Liepaja University, Raster Media Chemnitz

14:00 - 16:00
Provocateurs: Robertina Šebjanič/Gjino Šutić (Brainstorming global sessions)

17:00 - 19:00
Provocateurs: Margarida Mendes/Markus Reymann (Brainstorming global sessions)

20:00 - 20:30
Markus Reymann: TBA 21 / Ocean Space - live from Venice
Markus Reymann is Director of TBA21–Academy, a non-profit cultural organization he co-founded in 2011 that fosters interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange surrounding the most urgent ecological, social, and economic issues facing our oceans today. Reymann leads the Academy’s engagement with artists, activists, scientists, and policy-makers worldwide, resulting in the creation of new commissions, new bodies of knowledge, and new policies advancing the conservation and protection of the oceans. In March 2019, TBA21–Academy launched Ocean Space, a new global port for ocean literacy, research, and advocacy. Located in the restored Church of San Lorenzo in Venice, Italy, Ocean Space is activated by the itinerant Academy and its network of partners, including universities, NGOs, museums, government agencies, and research institutes from around the world.

20:30 - 21:00
Margarida Mendes
Margarida Mendes’s research explores the overlap between infrastructure, ecology, experimental film, and sound practices, investigating environmental transformations and their impact on societal structures and cultural production. She is interested in exploring alternative modes of education and political resilience through her curatorial practice and activism. She is consultant for environmental NGOs working on marine policy and deep sea mining and has directed several educational platforms, such as escuelita, an informal school at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo – CA2M, Madrid; The Barber Shop project space in Lisbon dedicated to transdisciplinary research; and the ecological inquiry curatorial research platform The World In Which We Occur/Matter in Flux. She is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths University of London.

21:00 - 21:30
Vesna Petresin
Transdisciplinary artist and thinker, Artist in Residence, Visiting Lecturer, Master of Film, Netherlands Film Academy, Amsterdam University of the Arts, Visiting Fellow Goldsmiths, University of London, previously Artist-in-Residence with ZKM Center for Art and Media, Vesna earned her PhD for research on temporal composition in architecture, art and music. In 2004 she co-founded the London-based art collective and think-tank »Rubedo«, investigating themes and techniques in aesthetics, complex geometry, optics and acoustics, through performance, installation and artefact. Vesna’s practice explores embodiment, transformation, manipulation of time and movement, synaesthesia in syncretic art, alongside the barriers between the intimate and the public sphere. She has exhibited and delivered performances, immersive experiences, multimedia installations and artefacts to international festivals and venues at Tate Modern, ArtBasel Miami, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Academy of Arts, Venice Biennale, Cannes International Film Festival, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, CERN, Sydney Opera House, Vienna Secession, World Architecture Festival and Beijing Architecture Biennale. 

21:30 - 22:00
Pablo Torres: COmpass project - live from Berlin
Pablo Torres is an anthropologist and current student of the M.A. Design & Computation at the UdK and the TU in Berlin. Most of his inquiries on sociocultural phenomena are developed and referred to through sonic means, with which he aims to develop diverse ways of understanding such phenomena. Throughout his work, sensorial experience becomes a vehicle with which knowledge on the relation between humans and their environment is reframed.


Wednesday 13 Oct

Provocateurs: Sofia/Feileacan (Brainstorming global sessions)

14:00 - 16:00
HANDS-ON WITH Provocateurs: Mónica Pedro / Guilherme Martins provocation (Brainstorming global sessions)
Working with eco materials from the ocean and electronics

17:00 - 19:00
Provocateurs: Marta de Menezes/Peter Keen (Brainstorming global sessions)

20:00 - 20:30
Mordechai Braunstein: Cymagic – live from Reihan, Israel
Installation artist, artepreneur and digital marketer with specific expertise in music events and festivals. In the Covid hiatus co-created a social movement - men speaking against sexual violence. Our first campaign, #its_my_problem was uploaded over 3000 times in the first week and accumulated over 2M views in 24 that time. It was later translated to 6 languages and recreated in Romania and Brazil. All three campaigns featured famous men talking against “goal oriented sexuality” and asking other men to take responsibility.

20:30 - 21:15
Tim Yates: Accessible Musical Instruments – live from London
Tim Yates is a sound-artist and musician who makes, builds and finds instruments of all kinds for performance and installation. He has shown his work at the Tate Modern, the V&A and London Design Week. He is the Founder and Director of Hackoustic, a group dedicated to hacking sound and providing a platform for artists, engineers and scientists to show their work. He has recently joined the team at Drake Music as DM Lab Producer working on their R&D programme developing new and bespoke musical instruments and interfaces for people with disabilities.

21:15 - 21:45
DJ Arthro live from Stockholm
Tim Palm is DJ Arthro. He’s an engineer, an electronic music producer and inventor. He drives a spaceship, he builds things with software and electronics, he’s a drummer, he produces and releases dance music and performs it live - mostly using his nose to control all of the instruments.


Thursday 14 Oct

11:00 - 13:00
HANDS-ON PROTOTYPING AND MAKER WORKSHOP WITH Alan Macy and Mark-David Hosale: Immersive experience with bio-computational art
Mark-David Hosale is a computational artist and composer. He is an Associate Professor and Chair of Computational Arts at York University, Toronto, Canada. He has given lectures and taught internationally. He is the founder of the nD::StudioLab, an adaptable space for research-creation based theoretical discourse, methodological development, and the production of works in the areas of ArtScience, Computational Art, and Interactive Architecture. His research work emphasizes methodological development in the integration of hardware, software and digital fabrication with the goal of creating eversive works that blur the divide between the virtual and the real.

Alan Macy is currently the R&D Director and cofounder of Biopac Systems, a biomedical company. Macy is also the founder of the Santa Barbara Center of Art, Science and Technology, a live/work residency and arts laboratory. Macy designs data collection and analysis systems, used by life science researchers, that help identify the meaning of signals produced by life processes. His recent research efforts explore ideas of human nervous system extension and the associated influences upon perception. As an applied science artist, he specializes in the creation of cybernated art, interactive sculpture and environments.

14:00 - 16:00
HANDS-ON PROTOTYPING AND MAKER WORKSHOP WITH Scott Beibin: 3D printed ecotech and ecotecture
Scott Beibin is an inventor, artist, collectivist, decentralist, hacker, maker of things and aspiring astronaut. Currently he is working on The MandelBOT Project, of which he is a co-founder. MandelBOT is an open source platform for creating general purpose machines that are more environmentally sound, easy to assmemble + modify + repair, parametrically designed as to be scalable, respect the freedom of the user and where the design plans are registered on a blockchain in the form of a Non-Fungible Token.

17:00 - 19:00
Daniel Rosero (born in May, 1988) is Multimedia Engineer and Master in Data Science with solid experience in music interaction and mobile application R&D. Daniel is also a solid bass player with remarkable contributions to several bands in Colombia and Spain. He will present his fx processor which allows the musician to augment the instrument by sensing the performer ́s gestures (both functional and non-functional), and to use the resulting signals to generate and modulate effects and loops, providing a new expressive language to the performer.

20:00 - 21:00
Latham Fellowship Exclusive: Live interview by IIT Institute of Design in Chicago with Michela Magas
Kristin Gecan from the IIT Institute of Design interviews MTF Founder Michela Magas as part of its programme of interviews with and public lectures by inductees of the Latham Fellowship. The institute has been committed to social responsibility since its founding by László Moholy-Nagy as The New Bauhaus. The Institute is known for pioneering human-centered design and systems design.

21:00 - 21:15
Carlos Veríssimo: Introduction to Criatech

21:15 - 21:35
Patricia J. Reis
Patrícia J. Reis (b. 1981, Lisbon, PT) is an installation media artist based in Vienna (AT) whose practice encompasses different formats and media to examine our relationship with modern technology. Through an ongoing investigation that destabilize the boundaries between science, technology, magic and spiritual believes, she explores questions “How do we believe in machines?” and “How is technology shaping us bodily?”. In her complex installations she often appeals to the visitor’s sensoriality in an intimate and sensual way, encouraging them to become active participants.

21:35 - 22:00
Neil Mendoza
Neil Mendoza’s work combines sculpture, electronics and software to bring inanimate objects and spaces to life. By combining found objects with technology in unexpected ways, the different elements of his work can be looked at from a new perspective. He explores themes of the absurd, the humorous, the futile and the surreal. He has exhibited work and talked at conferences around the world, taught classes on art and technology at UCLA and Stanford and co-founded the art collective “is this good?”.

Joana Burd
Joana Burd (b.1991), is a Brazilian and Lithuanian artist, educator and researcher. Graduated in Visual Arts in 2014 (UFRGS, Brazil) and Master in Visual Poetics in 2018 (UFRGS, Brazil), She is currently doing her PhD research at Facultat de Belles Arts, Universitat de Barcelona. Her work develops within art, physics and technology through interactive sculptures, videos and sound installations, collaborating with artists, performers and engineers. She focuses her practice in a hybrid of low technology assemblies and open source coding platforms. The pieces aim to offer tactile experiences for the public to interact and engage their bodies with the vibration phenomenal. She researches how motors and speakers can question objects of desire and the gender perspective in the digital field. She is also interested in the affective impact of technology and how to create new forms of dialog through touch and haptic devices.

22:30 - 23:00
Eduardo Valle: Labatier Cymatics - live from Rio de Janeiro
Eduardo Valle is a designer, artist and professor Cinema in the Expanded Field. Participated on the Documenta Magazines in Kassel Documenta 2007, 10 years exhbition of Art and Technology, School of Visual Arts Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro. Masters in History of Science, Technics and Epistemology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Dissertation: the artist as carthographer, conceptual maps and 7 essays. Presentation on Media Art Histories Liverpool, Scientiarum 4 and 5 in Rio de Janeiro and European communication research ECREA Barcelona. Between 2011-2013 participated on the group HTLT where the Cymatic Laboratory developed the experimance Oscillators, Vibrations and Visualizations: that participated on Digital Culture Festival MAM RJ, Transdisciplinary Bits in Brazilian Centter of Physics Research, II Perception Colloques in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Spring Festival Villa Lobos Museum, Sescs RJ, Museum of Astronomy and related sciences MAST Rio de Janeiro, Comuna Space Rio de Janeiro, Gávea Planetarium, Arts Institute UERJ, IAMAS Japan


Friday 15 Oct

10:00 - 13:00
livestreamed via MEVO

14:00 - 19:00

20:00 - 20:30
Nestor Peixoto: Aetherial Arthropod
Nestor will perform the latest upgrade of his live set as Aethereal Arthropod, a display of hybridated beats and textures replicating the interactive behavior of several invertebrate species mixed with field recordings of such species, making a mimicry based immersive abstract dialog between the artificial and the organic.

20:30 - 21:00
Chicks on Speed Première
Chicks on Speed is a feminist music and fine art ensemble, formed in Munich in 1997, when members Australian Alex Murray-Leslie and American Melissa Logan met at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. Though Chicks on Speed reached cult status throughout the 2000s as catalysts of the musical genre electroclash, Chicks on Speed were actually founded and more broadly perform as a multidisciplinary art group working in performance art, electronic dance music, collage graphics, textile design and fashion.

21:00 - 22:30
Moullinex / Slow J / Surma / Rui Maia… JAM
Moullinex is the alter ego of Portuguese producer, dj and multi-instrumentalist Luis Clara Gomes. After establishing himself as one of the leading artists in the disco scene, with several underground hits such as ‘Take My Pain Away’ and ‘Maniac’, remixes of acts like Røyksopp, Cut Copy and Two Door Cinema Club, and founding his own label Discotexas alongside Xinobi, he’s released three critically acclaimed albums, Flora (2012), Elsewhere (2015) and Hypersex (2017)

Slow J: Born from a Portuguese mother and an Angolan father he grew up constantly moving from place to place in and outside of Portugal, connecting with all types of cultures while searching for his own identity. After discovering his love for guitar and fruity loops he flew to London where he obsessively produced while studying sound engineering before he returned to Portugal where he release three albums: The Free Food Tape [2015], The Art of Slowing Down [2017] and You Are Forgiven [2019], a beat tape: sLo-fi vol.I [2020].

Surma: The release of her first album “Antwerpen” earned the immediate attention of the media and great national festivals.
In the last two years, she had more than 200 shows through 16 different cities around the world. Her album was edited in several European countries, nominated for best independent album by IMPALA and got featured in high reputation media companies such as BBC, Musikexpress and NPR.

Rui Maia is a musician, producer and DJ from Porto. In 2002 he founded with João Vieira and Fernando Sousa the post-punk band X-Wife in which he plays synthesizers. Collector and music lover, he started to present DJ sets in 2004 keeping a regular schedule with performances all over the country. In 2009 the challenge arose to edit music under one’s own name. The debut came with the EP “Cantonese Man” on the label Londrina Untracked Recordings. At the same time, the Mirror People project, with the idea of ​​crossing influences from the 70’s disco-sound to today’s dance floor. The album “Voyager” was released in 2015. Later the EPs “Good Times” and “Is It All Over My Face” were released. In his own name, he later released “Fractured Music” LP in 2016, featuring names like James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem.


Saturday 16 Oct


20:00 - 22:00



Alfie Templeman Exclusive
Alfie George Templeman (born 26 January 2003) is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. In 2016 he began recording and releasing demos at the age of 13. Templeman made his professional solo debut in 2018 and has released four extended plays since then. He describes his sound as “indie R&B” and often draws inspiration from the experiences of others, such as characters from TV shows.

MTF Satellites - Première
Première of newly generated work in collaboration with MTF Labs Aveiro by the MTF global satellites: York University Toronto - nD:::studioLab, IIT Chicago – Institute of Design, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) – Arte + Ciencia and Bioscénica in Mexico City, Labatelier Cymatics in Rio de Janeiro, Liepaja University Latvia – MPLab, and University of the Arts London – London College of Communication.

MTF Labs Aveiro - JUST OCEAN Première
Première of 14 newly generated works by 50 artists and scientists from 24 countries during the MTF Labs Aveiro week of experimentation, and a 5 part collaborative symphony:

Experts: Alan Macy, Alexandra Antonopoulou, Alfie Templeman, André Araújo, Andrew Dubber, Anya Yermakova, Benham Dayyan, Bita Bordbar, Cindy Macy, Daniel Rosero, Débora Ferreira Umbelino (Surma), Diana Vieira, Dinis Mota, Ed Rocha Gonçalves, Feileacan McCormick, Francisca Siza, Fransisca Tan, Gjino Šutić, Gonçalo Guiomar, Guilherme Martins, Inês Meira, Jake Dubber, Joana Burd, João Cardielos, João Coelho (Slow J), João Melo, Konstantinos Damianakis, Luis Xandy Anjos, Luis Clara Gomes (Moullinex), Madeleine Wöbbe, Mandi Chen, Margarida Mendes, Mariana Miguel, Mark-David Hosale, Marta de Menezes, Michela Magas, Mónica Pedro, Néstor Peixoto, Nuno Barbosa, Nuno Sousa, Pedro Almeida, Pedro Ferreira, Peter Keen, Petra Naydenov, Robertina Šebjanič, Rui Maia, Scott Beibin, Sitara Kapur, Sofia Crespo, Vesna Petresin
Film crew: Francisca Siza and Nuno Barbosa
Countries represented: Angola Argentina Austria Brazil Bulgaria Canada China Croatia Colombia Germany Greece India Iran Italy Latvia Lithuania Mexico New Zealand Norway Portugal Slovenia Spain Sweden United Kingdom United States Venezuela



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