The International Conference Creation Processes CIAC is organized by the Visual Arts and Creation Processes Working Group of the Research Center in Arts and Communication (CIAC) at the University of Algarve.

Resulting from an international collaboration, initiated in 2019, with the Research Group in Creation Processes of the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), which has been dedicated to the broad area of Creation Processes and their intersections for over 30 years.

The first edition of the Conference is dedicated to the theme of Theories that live in practices and will take place on October 28th and 29th, 2024, in Faro, at the University of Algarve, at the Penha Campus.

Call for Submissions

In October 2024, artists and researchers gather at the University of Algarve, at the initiative of CIAC – Research Center in Arts and Communication, willing to contemplate Creation Processes across practices, materialities, procedures, and methods, under the theme of Theories that live in practices.

CIAC has intensified studies and actions in the area of Creation Processes, especially since the beginning of the partnership with the Research Group in Creation Processes of PUC-SP (2019), cwith over 30 years of experience dedicated to research in this area. The results of this Portugal-Brazil partnership include the CIAC Creation Processes Collection (2022), the Master’s Degree in Creation Processes at the University of Algarve, and the CIAC Creation Processes Conference (2024).

Thinking about Creation Processes in contemporary times means, among other things, contemplating the “faber” humanity that, in the face of its own incongruities and asymmetries, recreates, fictionalizes, and documents itself in multiple times and spaces. There is much art behind the scenes, in the theatre wings, in the frames and saved versions, in the costumes, in the pigments, in the rolls of paper, in the rearrangement of things, and in bringing people together.

The focus of this first edition is the theories that live in these (so many) practices, aiming to be a door/crack to showcase and experience this fruitful field.

The Conference welcomes abstracts for presentations by artists and researchers on the theme of the edition, Theories that live in practices, and on other suggested central themes, but not limited to:

  • Contemporary experimentation
  • Theories of artistic creation and their poetics
  • Materialities and procedures of artistic creation
  • Culture, memory, and archives of creation
  • Reception and group creation
  • Research methodologies in creation processes
  • Transdisciplinarity and creation processes
  • Genetic criticism
  • Creation and translations
  • Creation processes reports

Abstracts should have between 200 and 300 words and be submitted via the Submission Form, through the Conference website, by July 14, 2024.

After the event, speakers are invited to submit the full article, following the CIAC Editions guidelines, for publication in a special volume of the Creation Processes Collection.

The registration is free.


Registration Form


Important Dates

  • Submission of abstracts: July 14th, 2024
  • Communication of results to participants: July 31st, 2024
  • Full program: September 30th, 2024
  • Pre-Conference: October 26th, 2024
  • Conference: October 28th and 29th, 2024


Cecilia Sales

Cecilia Salles is an international reference in the field of Creation Processes, with over 30 years dedicated to this field of study, which has grown significantly in recent years, in part due to her contributions. She is the author of several books on the subject, including “Unfinished Gesture: Artistic Creation Process” (1998), “Genetic Criticism: A (New) Introduction” (2008), “Networks of Creation: Construction of Works of Art” (2006), “Creation Archives: Art and Curatorship” (2010), and “Group Creation Processes: Dialogues” (2017). She is a Full Professor in the Postgraduate Program in Communication and Semiotics at PUC-SP, as well as a Guest Professor in the Master’s Program in Creation Processes at the University of Algarve, where she was involved in the creation of the program. She is also the Coordinator of the Research Group in Creation Processes at PUC-SP, where she supervises innovative studies based on the cross-sectional approach to Creation Processes. She participates in various national and international projects, focusing on the approach to Creation Processes; and, since 2019, she has collaborated with CIAC, significantly contributing to the advancement of contemporary discussions on the topic.

Manuela Penafria

Manuela Penafria is Associate Professor at the Dept. of Arts, from the University of Beira Interior (UBI) where she received her PhD in Communication Sciences, Cinema variant, in 2006, and is a researcher at LabCom and iA* Arts Research Unit. At UBI, she teaches in the BA and MA in Cinema courses such as “Cinema Theory I”, “Arts Research”, “Filmmakers on Film” and also coordinates the documentary module of the Cinema Project curricular units and teaches Cinema Seminar modules on programming and cinephilia. She is co-editor of the DOC On-line journal dedicated to documentary film. At AIM she is a coordinating member of the Working Group “Filmmakers on Film”. She has participated in evaluation panels in entities such as A3es-Agency for Assessment and Accreditation of Higher Education or ICA-Cinema and Audiovisual Institute and in juries of competitions and academic exams in national universities and polytechnics. Among her publications, she highlights two pedagogical dossiers for the National Cinema Plan, the collection of three books about the cinema theory approach under the designation Filmmakers on Film (Ed. LabCom, 2016 and 2017), the co-edition of the book Filmmakers on Film- Global Perspectives, by BFI, 2023 and the book chapter “Unfinished: the cinema of Noémia Delgado” published in the book Women’s Cinema in Contemporary Portugal, edited by Mariana Liz & Hilary Owen, by Bloomsbury, which received the AIM Best Essay Award, 2022.

Leonardo Mouramateus

Leonardo Mouramateus (Fortaleza, 1991) is a Brazilian filmmaker, dramaturgist, and screenwriter based in Lisbon since 2014. Master in Multimedia Art by the University of Lisbon, graduated in Cinema and Audiovisual at the Federal University of Ceará, always staying close to the performing arts and dance dramaturgy. He wrote and directed films shown at several festivals such as Locarno, Viennale, IDFA, Cinéma du Réel and Bafici. Retrospectives of his filmography were presented in Portugal, France, Colombia, and more recently at the IFFRotterdam. “Antonio One Two Three” (2017), a Portuguese-Brazilian co-production and his first feature film, premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival. “Life is Two Days” (2022), his second feature film, premiered in the international competition at FIDMarseille, received an honorable mention of the international competition jury. “Greice,” his third feature film, premiered in 2024, at the Rotterdam Film Festival.

Pre-conference Workshops

Points in View

With Kenia Dias and Wagner de Miranda

Gama Rama Gallery
Rua do Prior, 13, Faro
October 26th

A creative workshop based on the study of movement and its poetic developments. What other ways of being in space can expand the perspectives of the body? How can the same sequence of movement be danced with different versions and qualities of presence? Scenic situations will be individually and collectively investigated based on movements, created images, and transitional articulations of meaning, in order to expand the possibilities of assembling, demolishing, and reinventing dramaturgies.

Kenia Dias

Kenia Dias is a director, performer, and professor in the Department of Performing Arts at the University of Brasília. Her research focuses on investigating bodily dramaturgies for the stage and analyzing records of creative processes. She works with various artists, collectives, and dance and theater companies across the country. In 2023, she was nominated for the Cesgranrio, APTR, APCA, and Shell awards for best movement direction and also for the ensemble for the play “Sem Palavras” by the Companhia Brasileira de Teatro. She has been the movement director for plays such as “Vaga Carne” by Grace Passô, “Stabat Mater” by Janaína Leite, “Eu de Você” by Denise Fraga, “Nós” by Grupo Galpão, “Outros” also by Grupo Galpão, “O Filho” by Teatro da Vertigem, and “Contrações” by Grupo 3 de Teatro, which were also awarded and nominated for best play and ensemble by APCA, SHELL, Cesgranrio, Bravo!, among others. Her recent works include “O Que Só Sabemos Juntos” with Denise Fraga and Tony Ramos, directed by Luiz Villaça, for which she signed the movement direction (2024); “Residência Vôo Livre-Sonho Manifesto” with Companhia Brasileira de Teatro, as a collaborator (2024); “.m.a.n.i.f.e.s.t.a.” co-directed with Marise Dinis with Companhia de Dança do Palácio das Artes/MG (2022); “Sem Palavras” with Companhia Brasileira de Teatro directed by Márcio Abreu (2021, with 11 award nominations). She holds a PhD in Communication and Semiotics from PUC-SP, a master’s degree in Arts, and a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Interpretation from the University of Brasília, and is a member of the Research Group on Creative Processes at PUC-SP.

Wagner de Miranda

Wagner de Miranda is a visual artist, actor, theater director, cultural manager, and professor at the Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo, where he coordinates the Graduate Program in Theater and Performance. He is an actor trained at the Casa das Artes de Laranjeiras (CAL) in Rio de Janeiro. He founded and directed the Cia Teatro das Epifanias from 2002 to 2007, a company that won the São Paulo City’s Theater Funding Law in 2007 and was part of the Ateliê Compartilhado project. As the artistic director of Cia Espontânea de Teatro, founded in 2010, he directed works such as “Malas, palhaços e cambalachos” – awarded best actor, costumes, and set design at the II Festival de Teatro da Cidade de São Paulo, and “Tia Emanuelle”, nominated for best musical at the Bibi Ferreira Award, and the dance/performance show “Sintonia”, presented in various countries such as Brazil (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo), Mexico (University of Puebla), and the United States (New York and Miami). As actor, he has worked with directors like Amir Haddad, Marcio Vianna, Dagoberto Feliz, Marilena Bibas, Tizuka Yamazaki, Emílio di Biasi, Luiz Fernando Carvalho, and Gabriel Villela. He is the author of the book “Roberto Alencar: O corpo em trânsito” and several book chapters and articles on creation processes in various academic journals, and one of the editors of the Collection Processes of Creation. He is a guest lecturer in the Master’s in Creation Processes at the University of Algarve and a collaborator researcher at the Center for Research in Art and Communication (CIAC/UAlg), through the international collaboration protocol with the Research Group in Creation Processes at PUC-SP. He holds a PhD and a Master’s in Communication and Semiotics, in the line of Creation Processes in Communication and Culture (PUC-SP), a degree in Visual Arts and Theater, and a postgraduate degree in Art History – Theory and Criticism. His research field mainly includes multidisciplinary artistic and communicational processes in contemporary scenic experimentation.

Sensory Images

With Camila Mangueira and Fabrício Fava

Gama Rama Gallery
Rua do Prior, 13, Faro
October 26th

The increasing multiplication of functions, processes, and multimedia image systems demands, more than ever, a critical understanding that considers the image as a complex environment of interconnected languages, practices, and objects. Based on the Metaimage proposal, which aims to expand the idea of an image beyond visual representation, we will explore senses, memory, and play as ways of experimenting with the image as a multimodal element. Through sensory investigation exercises and creative group dialogues, we will discuss concepts, capture image translation processes, and produce possible narratives and propositions of the sensory image.

Camila Mangueira

Camila Mangueira is a professor, designer, and artist-researcher integrated into i2ADS – Institute for Research in Art, Design, and Society, where she is responsible for the Media Filosóficos (PhilMe) project. She is interested in the relationships between logics, media, and image devices in the analog and digital realms from the perspective of creation processes and media archaeology. She holds a postdoctoral degree in Design from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto with the critical-creative proposal of Metaimagem and a PhD in Communication and Semiotics (PUC-SP) with the thesis The Photographic Thought. She is a guest lecturer in the Master’s in Creation Processes at the University of Algarve and a collaborator researcher at the Center for Research in Art and Communication (CIAC/UAlg), through the international collaboration protocol with the Research Group in Creation Processes at PUC-SP.

Fabrício Fava

Fabrício Fava is a multidisciplinary designer and researcher at i2ADS – Institute of Research in Art, Design, and Society, where he promotes research through design. As the moderator of the interest group in Playful Interfaces and Speculative Design (iLudens), he has been exploring playful methodologies and expanding the idea of playful design as a way to develop creative thinking. He holds a PhD in Communication and Semiotics from PUC-SP with a thesis on the multidisciplinary relationships between design, creativity, games, and learning from a systemic perspective.



CIAC – Centro de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação

CIAC Coordination

  • Mirian Tavares
  • Bruno Mendes da Silva


Creation Processes Research Group of Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP)

Creation Processes Research Group of PUC-SP Coordination

  • Cecilia Almeida Salles

Conference President

Mirian Tavares

Responsible Researcher

Patrícia Dourado

Organizing Committee

  • Patrícia Dourado (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal) (Coordenação)
  • Alexandre Alves Barata (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Ana Clara Santos (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Ana Isabel Soares (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Camila Mangueira (UP/FBAUP, Portugal)
  • Cecilia Almeida Salles (PUC-SP, Brasil)
  • Mirian Tavares (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Paula Martinelli (PUC-SP, Brasil)
  • Pedro Cabral Santo (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Wagner de Miranda (PUC-SP, Brasil)

Scientific Committee

  • Alexandre Alves Barata (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Ana Alexandra Carvalho (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Ana Clara Santos (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Ana Isabel Soares (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Ana Filipa Cerol (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • António Branco (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • António Costa Valente (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Bruno Mendes da Silva (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Camila Mangueira (UP/FBAUP, Portugal)
  • Carina Infante (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Cecilia Almeida Salles (PUC-SP, Brasil)
  • Gabriela Borges (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • João Carlos Carvalho (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Jorge Carrega (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Kenia Dias (UNB, Brasil) 
  • Mirian Tavares (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Patrícia Dourado (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Paula Martinelli (PUC-SP, Brasil)
  • Pedro Alves da Veiga (UAB/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Pedro Cabral Santo (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Susana Costa (UAlg/CIAC, Portugal)
  • Vítor Kisil (BA, Brasil) 
  • Wagner de Miranda (PUC-SP, Brasil)

Communication and Logistics Committee

  • Beatriz Valente (Communication and Logistics)
  • Juan Manuel Escribano Loza (Visual Identity and Webmaster)
  • João Paulo Reis (Photo and Video Coverage)



This work is financed by national funds through FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P., in the framework of project «UID/04019/2020».

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