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2022

In 2022, CIAC continued to focus its activity on research, practice, and training in the field of Arts and Communication.

CIAC organized various scientific events in the field of Arts and Communication, examples of which are: the exhibitions ““A Imagem que Emerge” (February), “Os braços abertos formam ângulos rectos” (April), ““[In]tangibilidades Digitais”” (July) and “Crime e Pesadelo: O Film-Noir no Cinema de Hollywood (1941-1957)” (October); the conferences “Literature, Tourism and Waterscapes” (April), “Contemporary Art and the Media after 9/11” (May) and “shadows of film noir” (October); the seminars “Media Arte e Documentário cinematográfico: poética”, “Fake News e Desinformação: ameaças ao jornalismo e à democracia” (May) and “Geografias de Saramago” (November); the Colloquium “La fortune de Molière: répertoires, mythes et interprétations” (November); the cycle of Visual Arts (March, April and May); and the Sciences of Communication Seminars (October, November and December).

Another noteworthy event was the ”XVI CIAC Conference” (February), which took place both in person and online and brought together national and international researchers to share and discuss methodologies and concepts. This year’s edition was devoted to practice-based research in the fields of Arts and Communication; and to research produced/hosted at the Center (in the field of communication sciences, film studies, and creation processes).

CIAC continued to promote the publication of works on the research results produced at the Center: “Cartographya”, edited and translated by Maria José Marques, which brings together a bilingual collection of poems by Salvador Santos about the Algarve, grouped in the form of an itinerary/literary route; “A qualidade e a competência midiática na ficção seriada contemporânea no Brasil e em Portugal”, the fifth volume of the essay collection “Humanitas”, by Gabriela Borges co-authored with Daiana Sigiliano, Eutália Ramos, Lucas Vieira, Júlia Garcia, Vinícius Guida, Gustavo Furtuoso, Matheus Soares and Nayara Zanetti, a theoretical-methodological proposal, based on creative and reflective Praxis on the new forms of mediation of Audiovisual Communication; and “Luso-Brazilian perspectives in Arts and communication Vol. 3″, edited by Jorge Carrega, Denize Araujo and Ingrid Fechine, which brings together a set of reflections on artistic practices in cinema, Fine Arts, Theater, and the fusion of the arts with digital media.

In addition, CIAC supported the publication of papers and the participation of its researchers in scientific events. Noteworthy are, for example, ”ON Cinema “(April);” return to Animality “(June);” Avanca|Cinema 2022 “(July);” FEMeeting: Woman in Art, Science and Technology “and “Encontro com Ciência” (September); ”Digicom 2022 “and” CAPSI 2022 ” (November).

The production contents for the dissemination of Arts and Science was maintained, namely through the interview program “CIAC Talks.” 5 new episodes were released: Christine Henry, Gustavo Jesus, Ângelo Gonçalves, Miguel Cheta, and Nuno Viegas were the guest artists. In addition, “Rotura – Journal of Communication, Culture and Arts,” in 2022, had two issues published: ”Journalism and Media Literacy” (1st semester) and ”Silent Cinemas in Portugal” (2nd semester). Issue #1 comprised research papers related to journalism and professional practices in the digital context; media access and online information consumption; and projects, actions, and tools for the development of media literacy. Issue #2, on the other hand, focused on the representation of women in silent cinema; on singular experiences of sound in cinematographic exhibition; on silent cinema in the Portuguese press; and on the effects of cinema on the Portuguese intellectual elite in the decade 1914-1924.

Other exploratory research projects stand out: “CyPeT” (2021-2023), which aims at the theoretical and practical exploration of cyberperformance; and “PROPS” (approved for funding in 2022 and to start in 2023), which aims to act in prevention and media education, with a view to containing online hate speech.

The CIAC hub for Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion (IPSantarém) promoted events in its domain (“Digital Innovation: moving forward” (February) and “Simpósio de Formação Avançada de Projetos ID+I Erasmus KA2_FCT” are two examples) and continued participating in various international projects: “Escape Room Workflows of Innovation,” co–financed by La Caixa Foundation – BPI; “FEMST – Empowering girls with knowledge and confidence in STEM to become future STEM leaders,” “PREDICT: Jobs of the Future with AI 4 VET inclusion”, “PREDICT: Jobs of the Future with AI 4 VET inclusion”, “Changemakers: Emerging experience for youth,” “Front Winners: (re)skilling for mentors with immersive experiences,” DID.VALUE on Internship and Job in Society”, “Entrepreneurial Women in ICT – Enhancing Skills to Bridge Digital Divide,” “INNOSID – Innovative Solutions based on Emerging Technologies for Improving Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities,” co-financed by the Erasmus+programme.

The CIAC-UAb hub is associated with the PhD in Digital Media-Art (DMAD) and promotes regular activities that welcome the artistic and scientific work of the students of this doctorate. DMAD retreat is one of their key activities and, in July, the event got back to the face-to-face format, at Convento do Espírito Santo (Loulé), focused on the elements earth, water, and spirit. The program included conferences, masterclasses, workshops, a round table, a gathering and debate, and an exhibition. Another noteworthy event was the 1st Symposium on Digital Media-Art (November), which presented CIAC’s research group on Digital Media-Art and research results of projects by CIAC-UAb hub; and promoted synergy and collaboration networks. In addition, the symposium also allowed DMAD students to present and discuss the initial/intermediate results of their ongoing thesis research. The hub also takes part in the organization of international events, highlighting, this year, the International Conference “ARTeFACTo 2022” (November), which took place in Macau and in online format. These conferences often provide a first opportunity for PhD students to take part in international events and/or indexed publications.

It is also worth mentioning the projects in which CIAC-UAb hub was involved and are currently ongoing: “Erasmus+ IDEAS – Innovative Digital Education and Skills”, “Erasmus+ 4ArtPreneur – Innovative thinking competencies for creative art entrepreneurship”, “Erasmus+ ARDES – Short Learning Programme for ARt & DEsign & Sustainability with special focus on environment and climate change” and “Nutrimovere”.

CIAC-IPL hub reaffirmed its lines of action in research and creation in the field of scenic Performativities and Moving Image. This year, their activities focused on three fundamental aspects: production of critical bibliography on topics that cross literature, Performing Arts and moving image; dramaturgical creation for theater shows (staged, translated and published texts); scenic creation (conception, direction and interpretation in theater/music/performance).

In 2022, their commitment to strengthening relations with local entities and the development of networks and partnerships was maintained. It is worth mentioning, for example, the support of the Center in the curatorship/programming of Galeria Trem (Faro) and the partnership relationship with MuseuZer0, the Municipal Museum of Faro, the Open Studios initiative, BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts, the Avanca Film Festival, FICLA – International Film and Literature Festival of the Algarve, the “Insulina Sai à Rua” Project, Studio Rudolfo Quintas, and Teatro Umano.

CIAC seeks to promote artistic and Scientific Dissemination, developing projects and introducing actions in the national and international framework that promote the debate of ideas and the development of knowledge.

The “Invitro seminar cycle“ (June and July) was one of the activities carried out in 2022 within the framework of the ”Invitro” project. This is an initiative in the field of digital arts and transdisciplinary thinking and practices, which seeks to welcome, promote and empower artists, researchers and audiences.

International partnerships continued to be nurtured, namely through the ALMA-Antropofagia, Literatura, Modernismo e Audiovisual project, which results from the partnership between CIAC, the Discourse Studies Laboratory (Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil), the State University of Minas Gerais (Brazil) and the audiovisual hub of Zona da Mata (Brazil). In this project, writers, filmmakers, artists and academics from Brazil, Portugal, and Angola focused on the colonial process, the emergence of an indigenous voice in contemporary audiovisual and the impact of the Modernist experience in different territories. The program was designed to reflect on the contemporary meanings of Anthropophagy, in the format of a conferences cycle: : “Antropofagias para além da brasilidade” (March), “Estive em Lisboa e lembrei de você” (April), “O Moderno em Ernesto de Sousa” (May), “Olhares contemporâneos sobre a história a partir do filme As Órfãs da Rainha” (September), “Uma conversa sobre autoficção no cinema de Leonardo Mouramateus” (October) e “Antropofagias Tecnológicas” (November).

CIAC also participates in the European Language Council, an association of universities, language centers and professionals in the field of languages that is established as a platform for liaison with European bodies and other associations/alliances. CIAC is a member of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA)., an alliance promoted by Science Europe, the European Association of universities and the European Union, which aims to change the evaluation of research. CIAC’s participation in this organization attests to the center’s international presence and testifies to its contribution to the evolution of research evaluation procedures and methods.

It is also worth noting the CIAC’s involvement in other international projects: “LISTiac,” which aims to contribute to a change in the cognition, training, and professional development of teachers; “TE-Con3”, with the aim of developing an innovative methodology for teaching English in Higher Education; “Erasmus + ICFAL project,” which aims to develop study cycles and training for work, in line with the needs of economic and social development of Morocco; and “Observatory of Audiovisual quality,” a place for debate and production of experimental content, from the curatorship, analysis, and criticism of contemporary audiovisual production (especially Brazilian and Portuguese), which results from the partnership between CIAC and the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (Brazil).

In 2022, CIAC was an academic partner of the “9th International Conference on Arts and Humanities – ICOAH 2022” (September), which focused on the theme “Technological Transformations”. The event was organized by the International Institute of Knowledge Management, hosted by the International Association for Social Science and Humanities and Caritas Institute of Higher Education Hong Kong and supported by CIAC-UAlg, Dau Mot University (Vietnam), University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), Banasthali University (India), and University of Pretoria (South Africa).

The Center organized, in collaboration with NOVA CLUNL (University Nova of Lisbon), CLLC (University of Aveiro), and CEOS.PP (Higher Institute for Accounting and Management of Porto), the “23rd International Conference on Languages for Specific Purposes” (September), under the theme “Shaping knowledge through language: LSP in theory and practice,” which intended to present the latest theoretical and methodological perspectives related to LSP, in the organization of knowledge in the digital age.

In addition, CIAC teamed up with ArtsIT and hosted the “11th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation” (November). This is an important scientific forum for the dissemination of research results at the intersection of Art, Science, Culture, media, and technology.

Also worth mentioning are events that had the participation of CIAC’s researchers and that contributed to the international promotion of the Center: “FILE-International Festival of electronic language” in Brazil (July and August); “XIII Congress of the International Association of Galician Studies,” in Poland (September); “VI International Congress of media skills,” in Peru (October); the International Colloquium “Animation Socioculturelle, Changement et Innovations Sociaux,” in French Guiana (October); metared tic 2022“, in Mexico (November); the International Conference/Exhibition” Artefacto 2022“, in Macau and online (November); and the International Exhibition” thinking media V,“ in South Korea (November and December).

International partnerships and networks continued to develop through the hosting of research visitors (mainly from Spain and Brazil) and CIAC members’ missions abroad. Examples are: the collaboration protocol with the New Media Art Lab of Incheon National University (South Korea); the partnership with Rede Alfamed (Peru), and the Institute for Culture and Arts of the Federal University of Ceará (Brazil).

The collection “Creation Processes” was created with the goal of Scientific Dissemination, but also as a result of international relations. This project is developed by CIAC-UAlg and the Research Group on Creation Processes (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Brazil). Books in this collection emphasize the importance of creation processes; explore creation archives, diluting the boundaries between process and work; and result from the theoretical look of process criticism. Three volumes have been released:” Eustáquio Neves: photographic subject“by Paula Martinelli, focused on photography and the image of art; ”Roberto Alencar: the body in transit“by Wagner de Miranda, which focuses on the paths of Roberto Alencar’s artistic composition; and“ Anna Maria Maiolino: artistic project under construction,” by Vinícius Gonçalves, which reflects on Anna Maria Maiolino’s artistic work, through the study of a diversity of writings and documents of her creation process.

CIAC also promoted the publication of “Literary Hotels of Portugal,” coordinated by Sílvia Quinteiro, about Portuguese hotels that were temporary homes of writers, inspired literary works, housed fictional characters, and were important meeting points for writers and artists.

Throughout 2022, CIAC continued the “CIAC Webinars”, a program aimed at Culture, Arts and Communication, with national and international guests: “Creation in Documentary Cinema”, with Alfonso Palazón (January); “Literary Heritage, gastronomic heritage and tourism”, with Ana Lavrador Cândida Cadavez, Maria José Pires, Goreti Botelho and Isabel Dâmaso Santos (February); “Cineclubism and the formation of audiences”, with Gabriel Rodriguez (March); “Politics on the prairie, blood in the streets: contextualizing Italian filone cinema”, with Austin Fisher (April); “Researching the history of European studios 1930-1960”, with Tim Bergfelder and Eleanor Halsall (May); “Forms of presence in audiovisual performance”, with Patrícia Moran (June); “Análise à imprensa de Macau”, with José Simões (September); “Nos 60 anos do agente 007: James Bond em dos tempos”, with Gelson Santana (October); and “The decolonising potentials and pitfalls of participatory video as a research tool”, with Pamela Richardson (November).

2021

CIAC continued to focus its activity on research, practice, and training, in the field of arts and communication, ensuring that research is thought with and for society.

In 2021, the Centre organised different scientific events in the field of arts and communication, examples of which are: the Visual Arts Cycle (March, April and May); the exhibitions “Alvará” (April), “Da Terra à Lua, a Pé” (June), “1907-1914: the first golden age of French cinema in the poster collection of the Faro Municipal Museum” (July) and “You Want It Darker” (November); the conference cycle “Language and Communication Policies” (April) and the “V Conference on Ethics in Organizations” (December); the “Meeting “Expressions with Sound and Image” (April); the symposium “Literature & Tourism: museification and communication of writers’ places” (April); the webinar “Art and Entrepreneurship” (October); and the seminars “The digital teacher: experiences of a project on the use of digital tools in the classroom” (October), “The cinema of origins and the poster collection of the Faro Municipal Museum” (November), “Storytelling in organisational communication” (November), “Communication, linguistics and intercultural encounters” and “Semiotics and Visual Culture” (December).

Also of note is the organization of the “XV CIAC Research Journeys” (July), an event that brought together, in an online format, researchers to share, problematize and discuss methodologies and concepts. This year’s edition dedicated its program to the Centre’s geographic diversity and included the presentation of projects from CIAC’s poles (UAlg, ESTC-IPL, UAb, IPSantarém, and ISMAI) and international interventions, which mirrored the multiplicity of research stays that CIAC hosts annually and which contribute to the widening and dynamism of the Centre’s work networks.

CIAC continued to promote the publication of works about the research results produced at the Centre. In December 2021, the fourth volume of the essay collection “Humanitas” was published, entitled “Audiovisual Communication: the love train”, written by Bruno Mendes da Silva. Through the analysis of some specific moments in the history of cinema, this work explores the most relevant concepts of audiovisual language, using a metaphor: the train of love. The predominance of audiovisual language in contemporary communication is unavoidable and, therefore, its conceptual, aesthetic, formal, and technical mastery becomes imperative.

In addition, the production of artistic and scientific dissemination contents was maintained, namely through the initiative “CIAC Talks”, which is an audiovisual product of interviews with researchers, teachers and artists (national and international); and “ROTURA – Revista de Comunicação, Cultura e Artes”, which, in 2021, included the publication of two issues: “Film and Video Game” (1st semester) and “Creation Processes” (2nd semester). Issue 1 welcomed research articles related to technology, film and video games; aesthetics and audiovisual production; video art and art game; digital media and interactivity; history of cinema/video game. The second issue focused on creation theory; interactions between arts and communication; contemporary poetics; materialities of creation; creation and reception.

In 2021, CIAC’s “Literature and Tourism” research group created “LIT&TOUR: International Journal of Literature and Tourism Research” (IJLTR), a scientific journal with a continuous publication regime, which will have its first publication in the 2nd semester of 2022.

Some projects have been developed, namely “Entre Planos” – a replacement of the project “Primeiro Plano: o espectador em construção” (2020) -, which falls within the area of film, cinema and audiovisual literacy among children and youth audiences. Conceived as an inter-institutional platform, “Entre Planos” involves several national and international partners.

The “World Reading Academy: Journalism, Communication and Me” is another project in which CIAC is a partner. Integrating the national network of Gulbenkian Knowledge Academies and through an immersive experience in the world of media, this project aims to provide young people aged between 14 and 25 with the tools to decode the news, question the passive consumption of information and stimulate a critical and constructive attitude appropriate to the challenges of contemporary news and media culture.

CIAC’s Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion Hub, created in 2020 and based in IPSantarém, develops activities in the area of Digital Literacy and Inclusion of Disadvantaged People in the Labour Market, thus responding to society’s challenges in these fields of activity. “Innovation Scenarios – Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility in DE” (May) and “Digital Literacy for the Labour Market Inclusion – Starting Up Multiplier Event” (June) are two examples of events promoted by this Hub in 2021. Internationalisation is also one of its priorities, hence its participation in the “EduApp” and “Talent” projects, co-funded by Erasmus+.

Through the PhD in Digital Media-Art (DMAD), which works in association between Universidade Aberta (UAb) and Universidade do Algarve (UAlg), CIAC has attracted new collaborators. The CIAC-UAb Hub is deeply related to the DMAD and promotes regular activities that welcome the artistic and scientific work of the students of that PhD. The DMAD Retreat is a core activity and in 2021 it was adapted to an online format (due to the pandemic). Integrated in the programme of the “XV CIAC Days” (July), this event included presentations of lectures and digital media artifacts.

The CIAC-UAb Unit also collaborates in the organization of conferences, highlighting, this year, the “ARTECH” international conference (October), which was held in hybrid mode, but with strong face-to-face participation, at the Aveiro Congress Centre. This type of conference is often the first experience of PhD students in international events and/or indexed publications. ARTECH” which includes installations/digital artifacts and the submission of short posters/papers referring to those same installations, thus allowing a relatively rare integration between scientific publication and artistic practice. It should also be mentioned the projects with the involvement of the CIAC-UAb Pole, which are under development: “Erasmus+ IDEAS – Innovative Digital Education and Skills”, “Erasmus+ 4ArtPreneur – Innovative thinking competences for creative art entrepreneurship”, “Cultural Adventures”, “TIS – Social Inclusion Theatre” and “Nutrimovere”.

The year 2021, still greatly affected by the pandemic conjuncture, corresponds to the consolidation of the lines of action of the CIAC Pole, at the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon. The entry of a new member of the Cinema Department reinforced the nucleus of applied research and creation in the field of Performativities, which constitutes the aggregating concept of the activities of the cluster. This year, the activities developed were centred on three fundamental aspects: production of critical bibliography on topics that cross literature, performing arts and the moving image; dramaturgical creation for theatre performances (texts premiered and/or translated and published); scenic creation (direction and/or interpretation in theatre/music/performance).

During this period, and despite the constraints caused by the pandemic, CIAC continued to invest in strengthening relationships with local entities and in developing networks and partnerships (local, regional and international). Of note, for example, is the Centre’s support in the curatorship/programming of Galeria Trem (Faro), the partnership relationship with MuseuZer0 (Tavira), the Open Studios initiative (Faro), BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts and the ICOAH international conference.

One of CIAC’s objectives is to promote artistic and scientific dissemination, developing projects and inserting actions in the national and international fabric to promote the debate of ideas, the exchange of knowledge and the production of new knowledge.

The “Invitro” seminar cycle (May-June) and the “Entre Tecidos” exhibition (September) are two examples of activities carried out, in 2021, under the “Invitro” project. This is an initiative in the area of digital arts and transdisciplinary thinking and practices, which seeks to welcome, promote and empower artists, researchers and audiences.

International partnerships continued to be nurtured, namely through the European project “Play Your Role: Gamification Against Hate Speech”. It should be noted that the project involves institutions such as Società Cooperativa Sociale Zaffiria (Italy), COSPE – Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti ONLUS (Italy), VsI Edukaciniai Projektai (Lithuania), JFF – Institute for Media Education (Germany), Fundacja Nowoczesna Polska (Poland) and Savoir Devenir (France). “Play Your Role” uses the strong potential and attractiveness of video games to create spaces for dialogue and develop critical thinking in young people, in the fight against online hate speech. CIAC participated in the international meeting “Play Your Role: Gamification against hate speech” (May); organized the workshop “Play Your Role – Gamification Against Hate Speech” (May) at the session “The World Reading Academy: Journalism, Communication and Me”, of the initiative “Gulbenkian Knowledge Academies”; and was present at the plenary conference “Games Against Hate Speech” (September), included in the project’s closing event. Throughout the year, articles were published on the results/conclusions of the project (namely in international publications such as “Húmus Magazine”).

In addition, through the hosting of research internships (mainly of researchers from Spain and Brazil), under the supervision of CIAC members, international partnerships and networks continued to develop. From these internships, even if some of them were postponed by the pandemic, resulted seminars and publications on the areas of action of the Centre (namely digital culture, transdisciplinary digital literacy, audiovisual production, audiovisual contents and formats).

It is worth mentioning CIAC’s participation in the European Language Council (ELC), an association of Universities, language centres and professionals in the area of languages that has structured and coordinated European projects and has established itself as a platform for liaison with European bodies and other associations/alliances. The involvement of the Centre has contributed to the construction of a work network, with international articulation, directed towards scientific terminology and science communication.

Also of note is its involvement in other international projects such as LISTiac (Linguistically Sensitive Teaching in All Classrooms), which aims to contribute to a change in teachers’ cognition, training and professional development. Another example is the TE-Con3 project (Teaching English as Content in Tertiary Education), with the aim of developing an innovative methodology for teaching English in Higher Education, based on a sequence of modules adjusted to the language complexity and grammaticality of different academic areas. Finally, the Erasmus + ICFAL project (Institutionnalisation des Centres de Formation par ALternance aux Universités Marocaines), which aims to develop study cycles and on-the-job training in line with Morocco’s economic and social development needs.

We would also like to highlight some of the activities that have contributed to the broadening of the Centre’s international relations: the lectures “The justification of the translator in the technologic age”, “The importance of translation in peripheral languages: the case of Galician” (May) and “The mosaic of languages: Society and languages in Galicia” (December), promoted by the Centre for Galician Studies and supported by CIAC; the seminars “Las variedades meridionales del Español: reflexiones para el estudio de la modalidad lingüística andaluza” (May), “Buscar las Historias (ficción y realidad)” (June) and “Les Mathématiques sont aussi des faits de langue(s). Comment comptons-nous dans nos langues?” (July), organized in partnership with the Institut de Recherche sur l’Enseignement des Mathématiques – IREM (University of Paris); the “International Conference on Arts and Humanities – ICOAH” (September), with the participation of Bruno Mendes da Silva in the Technical Sessions Evaluation Panel; the international conference “The Linguistic, Educational and Intercultural Research – LEIC Research 2021” (October), which had researcher Manuel Célio Conceição as invited speaker; among others.

In 2021, CIAC also participated in the 2nd Steering Committee of the “iHeritage” project (July) and advanced with the creation of its website. “iHeritage” seeks to consolidate access to UNESCO’s Mediterranean cultural heritage through augmented and immersive reality experiences, with the creation of living labs aimed at research and development. The iHERITAGE Mediterranean ICT platform for UNESCO’s cultural heritage is a strategic project co-funded by the European Union’s ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme, with the participation of six countries: Italy, Egypt, Spain, Jordan, Portugal and Lebanon.

Another platform that continued to be developed in 2021 is related to the collection “Processes of Creation”, a project born from the exchange between CIAC-UAlg and the Research Group on Creation Processes from PUC-SP – Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (Brazil). The books of the collection highlight the importance of creation processes; explore creation archives, blurring the boundaries between process and work; and result from the theoretical view of process criticism.

In the scope of scientific dissemination, but also as a result of international relations, the book “The Forking Paths: Interactive Film and Media” appears, published in September 2021. This book revisits historically, socially, pedagogically and aesthetically the last 50 years of audiovisual interactivity. The project “The Forking Paths” began in 2013, when a group of researchers of the Centre started a process of theoretical and practical research in the area of film interactivity and, since then, dozens of scientific publications have been written and four interactive film experiences have been produced (which were exhibited in international reference festivals such as FILE (São Paulo, Brazil), or Script Road (Macau, China). In 2021, CIAC researchers were joined by some of the world’s leading experts in interactive film and media, resulting in “The Forking Paths: Interactive Film and Media”. In this book, we discover notes that seem to indicate a possible evolution in audiovisual syntax.

In the last quarter of the year, CIAC also launched a monthly programme of webinars – the “CIAC Webinars” -, aimed at the areas of culture, arts and communication, with international guests. The first edition took place in October with Nigel Power (British artist, designer and academic), under the title “Re-rememberings: notes on the visual culture of post-coup Thailand (2014-2019)”); followed by Adriana Nascimento (Brazilian researcher, teacher and curator) with “Feminist Poetics in Body, Space and Time”, in November; and Tom McCarthy (British writer and visual artist), who, in December, presented the work “The Making of Incarnation” (2021) and focused on the process of creation and writing.

Despite the pandemic context, it was possible to contribute to the dissemination and expansion of scientific knowledge.

2020

CIAC has continued to direct its activity towards research, practice and training in the field of arts and communication, ensuring that research is thought with and for society. It is in this sense that CIAC continues to focus on the creation of platforms that favour artistic and scientific dissemination, as well as the deepening between the arts and technologies in their various aspects.

In 2020, CIAC organised different scientific events in the field of arts and communication, examples of which are: the exhibitions “The eyes are not here” (February), “Zoom In” (November) and “The Getaway to the Stars” (November); the “Communication & Advertising Seminar” (February); the lectures “Interactive Cinema” (March) and “Latin American Artists” (April); the “Literature and Film” and “Screenwriting” workshops (April); the “Galician Literature Week” (May), the “Visual Arts Cycle” (September-December), the “Women in Arts” colloquium (November), the “III Conference on Ethics in Organisations” (November), among others. Also of note is the organisation of the “XIV CIAC Research Journeys” (February), an event that brought together researchers to share, problematise and discuss methodologies, concepts and paths. This year’s edition dedicated its programme to the communication of science, art, literacy and new media and allowed the dissemination of the results of multidisciplinary projects and works under development at CIAC, to the community in general. Science communication is effectively one of CIAC’s missions and, in this sense, activities and events that enable the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge in the Centre’s fields of action are promoted.

In the same line of knowledge dissemination, CIAC continued to promote the publication of works on the research results produced at the Centre. In 2020, the third volume of the essay collection “Humanitas” was published, under the title “The Museum of Everything Everywhere – Digital Art and Culture: inter-fering and curating”. It is a current and in-depth contribution to the study of Digital Media Art, which presents an innovative methodology, a/r/cography, as a tool for recording and analysing the creative process, for the production of interventional and functional digital media art.

In addition, the production of artistic and scientific dissemination contents was maintained, namely through the initiative “CIAC Talks”, which is an audiovisual product of interviews with national and international researchers, teachers and artists. The website of “ROTURA – Revista de Comunicação, Cultura e Artes” became available in 2020 and, in July, the first call for the submission of research articles in the areas of film and video game was launched.

Some projects were carried out, namely “Primeiro Plano – o espectador em construção”, which aims to bring together projects and initiatives that develop cinema for, with and through children and young people, within the scope of education. Conceived as an inter-institutional platform, the project aims to create a network of initiatives in cinema and education in Portugal.

CIAC also created a Digital Literacy and Social Inclusion hub at the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (IPS), where it supported the development of the course “Digital Literacy for the Labour Market” (non-degree), the first model of training and inclusive education in higher education for intellectual disabilities. The aim is to promote and facilitate the social and labour inclusion and employability of these young people, through their training and development of specific skills in digital literacy adjusted to the needs of the labour market, with a view to building an adjusted professional profile. This centre is aligned with a network of international partners dedicated to the topic of digital literacy, among them: Center for Social Innovation (Cyprus); Research Group Imágenes, Palabras e Ideas – GIPI (Spain); Research Group on Language Studies, Libras, Special and Distance Education and Technologies (Brazil); and Native Scientist (United Kingdom).

Through the PhD in Digital Media-Art (DMAD), which works in association between Aberta University (UAb) and University of Algarve (UAlg), CIAC has attracted new collaborators. It should be noted that the CIAC-UAb pole is deeply related to the DMAD and promotes regular activities that welcome the artistic and scientific work of the students of that PhD. The DMAD Retreat is a key face-to-face activity that brings together students from the PhD, artists and researchers, and has a relevant impact on society, usually involving local authorities, galleries or associations. This activity, which took place in July 2020, was adapted to the online format due to the pandemic and, recreating in the remote context the fundamental activities of the Retreat, included presentations of lectures and digital artefacts.

In addition, the CIAC-UAb collaborates in the regular organization of conferences, highlighting, in 2020, the international conference ARTeFACTo, which took place on 26th and 27th November, in Faro. This is an event with a growing participation of international authors, which includes installations/digital artifacts (which, in fact, are exhibited during the event) and the submission of posters/short papers on those same installations, thus allowing a relatively rare integration between scientific publication and artistic practice.

The following CIAC-UAb pole projects, in continuous development, are also worth mentioning: CHIC, SCReLProg, Cultural Adventures, Gender in Map, Erasmus+AIT, and ENPOWER.

The year 2020 also corresponds to the beginning of a new phase of CIAC’s hub at the Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon (IPL), with the entry of three new members to reinforce the nucleus of applied research and creation in the field of Performativities, which is the aggregating concept of the hub’s activities. This year, the activities developed were centred in three fundamental areas: production of critical bibliography on topics that cross literature, performing arts and the moving image; dramaturgical creation for theatre performances (premiered or distinguished texts); and scenic creation (direction and/or interpretation in theatre/music/performance).

During this period, and despite the constraints caused by the pandemic, CIAC continued to invest in strengthening relationships with local entities and in developing networks and partnerships (local, regional and international). Of note, for example, is the Centre’s support in the curatorship/programming of Galeria Trem (Faro), in Som Riscado – Music and Image Festival (Loulé) and in the Olhão International Film and Literature Festival; the partnership relationship with MuseuZer0 (Tavira) and the Open Studios initiative (Faro).

One of CIAC’s goals is also to build digital platforms that promote artistic and scientific dissemination and, in this sense, in 2020, the creation of the websites of two projects was advanced: “INVITRO” and “Processos de Criação”. The first, assuming itself as a transdisciplinary centre for research, development and experimentation of artefacts in Art, Technology and Science, results from a partnership between Universidade Aberta, CIAC and Artech International. “INVITRO” is an initiative in the field of digital arts and transdisciplinary thinking and practices, which seeks to welcome, promote and empower artists, researchers and audiences. For this it has an international residency programme, a curatorial programme and a programme of workshops, round tables and seminars. The “Creation Processes” collection is the result of an exchange between CIAC-UAlg and the Research Group on Creation Processes of PUC-SP – Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (Brazil). The books of the collection highlight the importance of creation processes, as an increasingly present theme in contemporary artistic discussions; they explore creation archives, blurring the boundaries between process and work; and result from the theoretical perspective of process criticism. Its degree of originality should be noted in a field with little bibliography in the Portuguese language.

In 2020, international partnerships continued to be nurtured through different activities, namely through the European project “Play Your Role: Gamification Against Hate Speech”. This project involves institutions such as Società Cooperativa Sociale Zaffiria (Italy), COSPE – Cooperazione per lo Sviluppo dei Paesi Emergenti ONLUS (Italy), VsI Edukaciniai Projektai (Lithuania), JFF – Institute for Media Education (Germany), Fundacja Nowoczesna Polska (Poland) and Savoir Devenir (France). “Play Your Role” uses the strong potential and attractiveness of video games to create spaces for dialogue and develop critical thinking in young people, in the fight against online hate speech. Video games thus appear as a pedagogical vector in addressing issues of discrimination, sharing tools for dealing with conflict and promoting citizenship among teenagers. CIAC hosted preparation meetings for the “Play Your Role” project (January); published, throughout the year, articles on the results/conclusions of the first phase of that project (namely in international publications such as the magazine “Comunicando” and the “Journal of Digital Media & Interaction”); and participated in meetings and conferences to present the initiative (“Gulbenkian Knowledge Academies”, “DIGICOM 2020″ – International Conference on Digital Design & Communication”, “XIV CIAC Research Journeys”). This year, given the contingencies arising from the pandemic, the “Hackathon” meeting (scheduled for March, in Italy) was adapted and several online events were promoted in October.

In addition, by hosting research internships (mainly of researchers from Spain and Brazil), under the supervision of CIAC members, international partnerships and networks continued to develop. From these internships, even if some of them were interrupted by the pandemic, resulted seminars and publications on the Centre’s areas of action (namely on media literacy, webseries and audiovisual advertising).

Also worth mentioning is CIAC’s participation in the European Language Council (ELC). This is an association of universities, language centres and associations of language professionals (translators, revisers, interpreters) that has structured and coordinated European projects and has established itself as a platform for liaison with European bodies and other associations/alliances. The involvement of the Centre has contributed to the construction of a work network, with international articulation, focused on scientific terminology and science communication.

We also highlight some of the activities that contributed to the broadening of the Centre’s international relations: the cycle of conferences on linguistic diversity “The Round Table of Languages” (February), promoted by the Centre for Galician Studies and supported by CIAC; the conference “Besides The Screen” (July), organized by CIAC-ISMAI, CITEI – Instituto Universitário da Maia, Kings College London (UK) and POSCOM of the Universidade Federal Espírito Santo (Brazil); the talk “Far is a place that doesn’t exist”, promoted by Instituto das Artes da Unicamp (Brazil) and that had CIAC researchers as invited speakers; the cycle “Diálogos Oblicuos: notas entre la arquitectura y otros campos” (November), the result of the partnership between CIAC and the Secretaría de Investigación de la Facultad de Arquitectura de UNC (Argentina); CIAC’s participation in the “IV Ciclo de Conferencias y Seminarios de Formación para la Transferencia de Conocimiento” (November), invited by the University of Alicante; among others.

Still within the scope of scientific dissemination, but also as a result of relationships with international entities, the participation of the film “Cadavre Exquis” in File – Electronic Language International Festival (Brazil) stands out. This project, which began in 2017 and was developed in collaboration with the University of São José (Macau), the production company Art8Macau, Creative Macau and the Macau Institute, is an interactive film that allows you to interact with the characters in the narrative through body language. In 2020, by integrating the referred festival, it contributed to the dissemination of the research carried out by CIAC on interactive film and the possibilities of viewer immersion.

Despite the pandemic context, CIAC supported and encouraged the participation of its researchers in national and international meetings and publications, aiming the dissemination of the work produced and the expansion of scientific knowledge.

2016

CIAC continued to focus its efforts on the creation of digital platforms that foster artistic and scientific dissemination, in addition to strengthening ties between the arts and technologies in their various aspects. Our primary concern is to disseminate and promote the work produced: the centre’s website is being reformulated, to make it a dynamic and innovative cross-media platform, ensuring the dissemination of all work produced and thus stimulating the creation of new artistic and communication languages; we make use of available means (social networks, platforms, partnerships) to disseminate the centre’s production as part of a strategy designed to comply with its initial goal: to innovate research in the field of arts and communication and to promote the production and distribution of material, with an eye to true literacy in the arts and the media.

The new version of the romanceiro.pt platform was recently launched. The aim of this platform is to open the Portuguese ‘Romanceiro’ Archive [Modern Portuguese Oral Tradition Literary Works] to a non-specialist audience, offering the user, through a revamped website (www.romanceiro.pt), new resources and new research tools allowing direct and documented access to more than 10,000 versions of tales, poetry, and ballads of the Portuguese oral tradition. We continue to develop and add to the following platforms: Invitrolab (http://invitrolab.eu/), a cross-disciplinary platform for art, technology, and science, which has enabled the support of digital artistic creation; the ‘Os caminhos que se bifurcam’ platform (http://bruno.oscaminhosquesebifurcam.ciac.pt), which has helped stimulate interactive film projects; the ‘Ephemeral Expanded’ platform (http://www.ephemeral-expanded.net), which has enabled the dissemination of ephemeral digital artistic expressions.

In 2017 we held the 11th edition of the ‘Jornadas do CIAC’ conference, a moment for discussion between the center’s researchers, sharing their research and results on topics related to communication, culture and the arts. Highlights of the 11th edition included the organization of a thematic session dedicated to newsreels, which enjoyed special participation from international researchers, bringing to the Algarve a serious moment of reflection on this topic from an enriching international perspective.

In the same vein of dissemination of knowledge, in December 2016, the first book in the Humanitas Collection was published: Buñuel e o Surrealismo: a Arquitetura do Sonho [Buñuel and Surrealism: Dream Architecture], by Mirian Tavares. This essay collection aims to disseminate the results of research produced at this centre, reflecting the healthy cross-over nature of CIAC research, which covers the Arts, Communication and Culture, Languages/Literature and Digital Humanities. This collection reflects the desirable harmony between the study of new languages, new processes and methods, and the soundness of knowledge that prolongs theoretical and critical traditions.

We have put our faith in strengthening ties with research centres in other areas of research and knowledge production, establishing protocols with local organisations, such as the Centro Ciência Viva do Algarve [Algarve Living Science Centre], where we put on a Digital Art exhibition as part of the Digital Media Arts PhD retreat.

Tasks provided for under international projects have been carried out, in partnership with other institutions, with external funding, such as the Erasmus Project, 4CDE (Code, Content, Creation and Culture for Digital Education) in the area of ​​digital skills, the main aim of which is to broaden the choice of open educational resources to help educators and teachers to learn ICT basics, namely through the artistic use of digital technologies; the ChIMERA project, funded by the Interreg MED Programme, the main aim of which is to improve the capacity for innovation of public and private players in the cultural and creative industry in participating regions and in the Mediterranean region, by strengthening transnational cooperation and ties between companies, research organisations and public authorities in key sectors in the Mediterranean region; the ‘Telemedia-Arte’ Project, funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, with a view to promoting the improvement of the process of online distance teaching and artistic learning; the ‘Tutoria Virtual’’ [Virtual Tutoring] project, with the aim of creating a mediator for learning in online higher education, developed by the Universidade Aberta [Open University], in partnership with the Foundation of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, the Institute of Systems and Computer Engineering, Research and Development, in Lisbon, the Centre for Research in Arts and Communication and supported by the Foundation for Science and Technology; the M5SAR Project: MOBILE FIVE SENSES AUGMENTED REALITY SYSTEM FOR MUSUEMS, funded by the Portugal2020 programme, CRESC Algarve 2020 I&DT; with the aim of developing an augmented reality system, achieved through a platform and an application, with the aim of exploring the 5 human senses.

The Digital Media Art PhD course has brought new researchers to CIAC, who are developing research in the area of ​​Digital Media Art, both at CIAC, in the University of the Algarve, and at CIAC, on the Universidade Aberta campus. It should also be noted that some of the centre’s projects, which include the fusion of research and artistic practices, have been continued during the period covered by this report, in particular: the exhibitions programme at the Trem Gallery; organising the exhibition programme at the Milreu Roman Ruins exhibition site, in Estoi; CIAC’s involvement in scheduling the Atalaia Artes Performativas [Atalaia Performing Arts], as well as in scheduling the “Project of the new art of making ruins”, hosted by CIAC.

CIAC has welcomed several national and international postdoctoral researchers, namely Brazilians, from universities with which CIAC upholds exchange protocols.

2015

2015 highlights of research undertaken at CIAC include the following results: in the field of literacy, the conclusions of the ‘Framework for Film Literacy in Europe’ project were presented at the Cinemathèque Française. This project resulted in the implementation of various European film literacy platforms – FLP, including the Portuguese language platform hosted on the CIAC website, thus giving visibility to film literacy work developed in Portugal, particularly in the field of advanced and basic training; the 9th edition of the ‘Jornadas do CIAC’ conference took place, providing a moment to take stock and reveal research developed at the centre. The premise behind this edition was to present some of the master’s and PhD research underway, within the scope of the Communication, Culture and Arts programmes of the University of the Algarve and in Digital Media Art, the combined provision of UAlg and the Universidade Aberta.

Postdoctoral students developing research at CIAC, both resident and part of foreign programmes carrying out research stays attended the conference; in the field of computer arts and creative media the INVITRO – Centre for Transdisciplinary Art & Technology project started, resulting from a partnership between the Universidade Aberta, CIAC and Artech International, the mission of which is to work towards the development of technological artefacts based on inter-, multi- and cross-disciplinary intersection, collaboration between sectors, innovation and creative thinking. 2015 saw the realisation of international residency programmes, a curatorial programme and a public programme of workshops, round tables and seminars; in the ‘Texto & Cena’ [Text & Stage] research group, in addition to numerous publications concerning the production of critical thinking, applied research and specialised bibliography in the context of writing for the theatre and theatre and community, highlights include the “Dramas de Princesas. A Morte e a Donzela” [Princess Dramas. Death and the Maiden], coordinated by Alexandre Calado. This project involved the translation of never-before published texts of Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek, in addition to artistic residences, training sessions, symposia and various shows, in Almada, Lisbon, Torres Vedras and Palmela. ‘A Peste’ – Associação de Pesquisa Teatral/Laboratório de Teatro e Artes Performativas [Theatrical Research Association/ Theatre and Performing Arts Laboratory] performed Na Leprosaria [In the Leper Colony] a collective creation based on texts by contemporary Portuguese poets; the ‘Os caminhos que se bifurcam’ project was completed, resulting in the creation of a patent linked to interactive cinema. This project also resulted in the creation of a digital cinema platform, two interactive films (Neblina and O Livro dos Mortos), screened at various national and international festivals, including the Avanca International Film Festival and the International Electronic Art Festival – File 2015, in São Paulo, Brazil.

Articles were published in national and international scientific journals and papers were presented at congresses; the platform of the “Ephemeral Expanded” project was made available with the aim of developing theoretical and practical research and contributing to the construction of the future memory of ephemeral arts. In addition to the platform, open classes on ephemeral practices and their theories were held;

the 7th International Conference on Digital Arts – ARTECH 2015, organised by Universidade Aberta, ARTECH International and CIAC took place; we also held several seminars and conferences. Highlights of these included the “Las humanidades digitales ante el discurso disruptivo: el impacto de la tecnología y la cultura digital en la investigación” [Digital humanities before disruptive discourse: the impact of technology and digital culture in research], with Paul Spence, senior lecturer in Digital Humanities at King’s College London, with the aim of promoting discussion about digital humanities, in addition to opening up new collaborative work avenues between CIAC and King’s College researchers; the conference “1946-1976: O Cinema da Europa Mediterrânea do Pós-Guerra à Queda das Ditaturas” [1946-1976: Mediterranean Cinema from the Post-War era to the Collapse of Dictatorships] and the conference “Flâneur – Novas Narrativas Urbanas” [Flâneur – New Urban Narratives], in partnership with Procura.arte, DINÂMIA’CET/ISCTE and the Instituto de História da Arte/UNL. This conference marked the public launch of the Flanêur – art in the public space project, featuring contemporary photography, the urban territory and work in network.

In 2015, the partnership between Faro Municipal Council and CIAC enjoyed continued success, through several exhibitions in the TREM gallery, highlights of which included: “Arte: Um Assunto de Mulheres”, “gabinete > gregório” [“Art: An Issue for Women”, “bureau > gregório”], by Pedro Saraiva; “Ridi Pagliaccio”, by Pedro Cabrita Reis in the gallery and “3285 dias” [“3285 days”], organised by the lecturers / artists of the Visual Arts Course; the ‘Visual Arts Series’ continued in 2015, sticking to its goal of promoting dialogue between artists, cultural agents and the academic community; also with respect to regional partnerships and projects, a highlight was the realisation of the exhibition “Ruínas”  [“Ruins”], resulting from a protocol between CIAC and the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve (DRCAlg) for the joint development of the exhibition programme at the Rural House of the Roman Ruins of Milreu, located near the village of Estoi (Faro). The aim of this important partnership is to foster interaction between academic and local communities, stimulating dialogues between art and cultural heritage of the region; CIAC was present at the “European Night of Researchers”, presenting some of the centre’s most innovative projects and participated, for the second year in a row, in the 2nd Science and Technology Projects Show, in Tavira, part of Science and Technology Week, in partnership with the Centro de Ciência Viva [Centre for Living Science]; within the scope of the ”Arquivo e memória” [Archive and memory] research group, the book Miscelánea de estudios sobre el romancero. Homenaje a Giuseppe Di Stefano [Miscellanea of studies on ballads. Homage to Giuseppe Di Stefano], in partnership with the University of Seville.

2014

In 2014, CIAC strengthened its research component in the digital arts area, both through the creation of a centre at the Universidade Aberta, home to ‘DMAD’ – PhD in Digital Media Art, and with the integration of researchers from ISMAI and from UAb, who work in the hybrid areas of content and research production in and for digital platforms. In its third edition, DMAD promoted two PhD retreats, in July 2013 and 2014, in which master classes, digital art exhibitions and presentations of innovative thesis projects in this field were carried out. A digital media art laboratory is being created with the support of Stanford University, at CIAC/Universidade Aberta centre and some researchers/artists have held exhibitions and participated in international festivals and events that promote and reflect on contemporary artistic creation mediated by new technologies.

International research networks were enhanced through partnerships with the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Huelva, Seville University, Fluminense Federal University, the Federal University of Pernambuco, the Federal University of Ceará, the Federal University of Bahia, the University of São Paulo, Anhembi Morumbi University and more recently the Federal University of Juiz de Fora. CIAC kept up its organisation of scientific events in the area of ​​arts and communication, examples of which included: the 7th Artech International Conference on Digital Arts; Artes e Ciências em Diálogo [Arts and Sciences in Dialogue]; A Peregrinação [The Pilgrimage]; Sailing in Troubled Waters and the 4th Annual Meeting of AIM (co-organisation). Series of Lectures: Masters and Disciples in the Arts, in the Sciences, in the Humanities; Book: past, present and future; and the 4th and 5th Visual Arts Series. Workshops: 1st and 2nd edition of WEO – Workshop on Online Teaching, Series of Workshops on Somatic and Technological Dance. Seminars/master classes: European Theatre seen from the NorthLiteracia de la violencia de género en medios de comunicación [Literacy of gender violence in the media]; Culture 2020 – Heritage and Territory Seminar. Post-Human Corporeality Symposium. Exhibitions: As coisas que não existem são mais bonitas [Things that don’t exist are more beautiful], Mapland; Pedro Cabral Santo – Barba Azul a Preto e Branco [Blue Beard in Black and White]; Privado [Private]; Devorar e não digerir [Devour and don’t digest]; Drawings – Manuel Baptista; RAUM: Online Artist Residencies; 3265 dias [3265 days]; Edgar Massul – #Other Free Works; Rudolfo Quintas – EVERYTHING WE HEAR AND MANY THINGS WE DON’T; 7th Contemporary Art Exhibition (Fluminense Federal University/CIAC).

Continuing the “Jornadas do CIAC” conference project, a unique moment of exchange of experiences and reflections between the CIAC members and collaborators and the community, four conferences were held, three in Faro and one in Lisbon, at the Lisbon Theatre and Film School (ESTC). The minutes were made available online on the centre’s website.

We completed the RECARDI – Rede de Cultura e Arte Digital [Network of Culture and Digital Art] project (approved by the Innovation Agency within the National Strategic Reference Framework [QREN]). This was a joint project led by the company EDIGMA.COM, in partnership with the Universidade Aberta and the following entities: Metatheke, Centre for Computer Graphics, Viana do Castelo Polytechnic Institute, the University of Coimbra and CIAC/the University of the Algarve. The “Portuguese ‘Romanceiro’ Archive of Modern Portuguese Oral Tradition Literary Works (1828-2010): its preservation and distribution” project, funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, is nearing completion, while the project developed with the British Film Institute (BFI), “Showing films and other audiovisual content in European schools – Obstacles and best practices”, funded by the European Commission, presented the results for 2013 by publishing them on the BFI website.

In general, every goal and indicator that CIAC set itself over the course of 2014 has been met, with the following results:

  • Various national and international relations were established, particularly through partnerships/protocols with the following bodies: Centro de Ciência Via do Algarve [Algarve Living Science Centre], the EDP Foundation, CRIA – Regional Centre for Innovation in the Algarve, the Bartolomeu dos Santos Printmaking Studio, the Manuel Viegas Guerreiro Foundation, Tavira Municipal Library, the Algarve Film Commission, the “Ar Quente” Cultural Association, CHAIA – Centre of History of Art and Artistic Research, the Algarve Musicians Association; Faro Municipal Museum; Loulé and Faro Municipal Councils. At an international level, the following partnerships have been established: the British Film Institute; the University of Lund, Stanford University, Complutense University of Madrid, Fluminense Federal University, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the ​​European University of Madrid, the António Machado Foundation, the Menendéz Pídal Foundation and the Hispanic Digital Humanities (HDH) Group. A highlight of these was the collaboration with the Menendéz Pidal Foundation, which resulted in the approval of a funded project in Spain, with the participation of CIAC researchers and which continues the project developed at CIAC with the support of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in the area of Iberian Romanceiro Oral Tradition Literary Works.
  • Important scientific events were organised in the field of ​​arts and communication, including: International symposia: the 7th Artech International Conference on Digital Arts; Artes e Ciências em Diálogo [Arts and Sciences in Dialogue]; A Peregrinação [The Pilgrimage]; Sailing in Troubled Waters and the 4th Annual Meeting of AIM (joint organisation). Series of Lectures: Masters and Disciples in the Arts, in the Sciences, in the Humanities; Book: past, present and future; and the 4th and 5th Visual Arts Series. Workshops: 1st and 2nd edition of WEO – Workshop on Online Teaching, ‘Low Cost Culture for times of crisis’ Workshop; RECARDI Project; Series of Workshops on Somatic and Technological Dance. Series of open classes ‘Serviço Público de Rádio e Televisão em Portugal – Quais os Caminhos’ [Public Radio and Television Service in Portugal – which paths]. Seminars: ‘Transferências de Temas, Discursos e Linguagens entre o Cinema e a Publicidade’ [Transfer of Themes, Discourse and Language between Film and Advertising]; European Theatre seen from the NorthLiteracia de la violencia de género en medios de comunicación [Literacy of gender violence in the media]; Culture 2020 – Heritage and Territory Seminar; Italian Neorealism Post-Human Corporeality Symposium. 6th, 7th and 8th ‘Jornadas do CIAC’ conferences; ‘Jornadas da Revista Verónica’ conference. Exhibitions: A branco e preto [In white and black]; Conselhos Úteis para evitar magoar doentes com equizofrenia [Useful advice to avoid harming patients with schizophrenia]; A Tentação da Imortalidade [The temptation of immortality]; Impróprio para Consumo [Unsuitable for Consumption]; Play; TAO; As coisas que não existem são mais bonitas [Things that don’t exist are more beautiful], Mapland; Pedro Cabral Santo – Barba Azul a Preto e Branco [Blue Beard in Black and White]; Privado [Private]; Devorar e não digerir [Devour and don’t digest]; Drawings – Manuel Baptista; RAUM: Online Artist Residencies; 3265 dias [3265 days]; Edgar Massul – #Other Free Works; Rudolfo Quintas – EVERYTHING WE HEAR AND MANY THINGS WE DON’T; 7th Contemporary Art Exhibition (Fluminense Federal University/CIAC). Conferences: 1st International Urban Interventions Conference; Massimo Canevacci – Digital Ethnography (or Sincretika Digitalia); A turbulência das emoções [The Turbulence of Emotions]; O Western: perspectivas sobre um género [The Western: Perspectives on a genre]; Imaginar o Fim do Mundo [Imagining the End of the World]; Que palco para os clássicos? [What stage for the classics?].
  • CIAC’s means of communication were enhanced, in particular through the development and posting on social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube) and by adhering to event promotion sites (Viral Agenda).
  • Some CIAC projects have obtained external funding through other entities, in particular the “Portuguese ‘Romanceiro’ Archive of Modern Portuguese Oral Tradition Literary Works (1828-2010): its preservation and distribution” project, approved by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the RECARDI – Rede de Cultura e Arte Digital [Network of Culture and Digital Art] project (approved by the Innovation Agency within the National Strategic Reference Framework [QREN]).

We published more than 150 articles, most of which were published in indexed journals. Whether exhibitions, shows, videos or performances, CIAC promoted, supported or participated in the realisation of a total of 161 artistic productions.

2013

In 2013, CIAC presented the following results:

  • Various national and international relations were established, particularly through partnerships/protocols with the following bodies: Centro de Ciência Via do Algarve [Algarve Living Science Centre], the EDP Foundation, CRIA – Regional Centre for Innovation in the Algarve, the Bartolomeu dos Santos Printmaking Studio, the Manuel Viegas Guerreiro Foundation, Faro Municipal Library, Tavira Municipal Library, the Algarve Film Commission, the “Ar Quente” Cultural Association, CHAIA – Centre of History of Art and Artistic Research, the Algarve Musicians Association. At an international level, the following partnerships have been established: the British Film Institute; the University of Lund, Stanford University, Complutense University of Madrid, Fluminense Federal University, the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the ​​European University of Madrid, the António Machado Foundation, the Menendéz Pídal Foundation and the Hispanic Digital Humanities (HDH) Group.
  • CIAC’s editorial approach was developed through the “Artes e Media” [“Arts and Media”] Collection, with the publication of the book Novas & Velhas Tendências no Cinema Português Contemporâneo [New and Old Trends in Contemporary Portuguese Cinema] and the launch of another volume of the ‘CIAC FILES’ multimedia collection – the documentary Um Film Português [A Portuguese Film].
  • Important scientific events were organised in the field of arts and communication, among them: the 4th Visual Arts Series, the 1st Artes e Ciências em Diálogo [Arts and Sciences in Dialogue] International Symposium, ‘University and Democracy’ Conference, Free Course “Revisitar o Canto de Intervenção” [“Revisiting Protest Songs”], “A branco e preto” [In white and black] exhibition, “Conselhos Úteis para evitar magoar doentes com equizofrenia” [Useful advice to avoid harming patients with schizophrenia] exhibition, “A Tentação da Imortalidade” [The temptation of immortality] exhibition, “Impróprio para Consumo” [Unsuitable for Consumption] exhibition, “Play” exhibition, “TAO” exhibition, “As coisas que não existem são mais bonitos” [Things that don’t exist are more beautiful] exhibition, 7th Contemporary Art Show, “O Western: perspectivas sobre um género” [The Western: Perspectives on a genre] conference, “Imaginar o Fim do Mundo” [Imagining the End of the World] conference, “Que palco para os clássicos?” [What stage for the classics?] conference, “Réplica” contemporary engraving series, “European Theatre seen from the North” seminar, 1st “Urban Interventions” International Conference, 6th “Jornadas do CIAC” Research Conference, WEO – Workshop on Online Teaching 2013, “Low Cost Culture Workshop for times of crisis” Workshop.
  • CIAC’s means of communication were enhanced, in particular through the development and posting on social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Meo Kanal) and by adhering to event promotion sites (Viral Agenda).
  • Some CIAC projects have obtained external funding through other entities, in particular the “Portuguese ‘Romanceiro’ Archive of Modern Portuguese Oral Tradition Literary Works (1828-2010): its preservation and distribution” project, approved by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
  • A total of 24 articles were published, including peer-review articles, indexed in the main databases of the field – SCIELO and LatINDEX.
  • CIAC was one of the partners of the British Film Institute in the European study “Film Literacy in Europe”.
  • The RECARDI project was developed, an integrated international project by the CIAC, the aim of which is to create, disseminate and expand a network of national excellence in the area of art of ​​digital culture through the creation of a knowledge dissemination platform. The project was also presented, throughout 2013, at various venues and scientific events.
  • The PhD in Digital Media Art, one of the advanced training courses associated with CIAC, held a PhD retreat in Óbidos in July 2013, at which various digital artistic interventions were carried out within the town, giving rise to the production of several digital artefacts.

2012

In 2012 the main results of the research carried out at CIAC were as follows: in terms of the internationalisation of the centre, the 6th edition of ARTECH – International Conference on Digital Arts was organised, bringing together more than 100 participants to discuss digital culture and where it intersects with art and technology. The 4th International Academic Conference of Analytical Psychology and Jungian Studies was also co-organised by CIAC, serving as a contact platform for scholars from various fields of knowledge with ties to universities.

In another context, the collaboration of CIAC’s coordinator, in the role of consultant, and of the Film Studies coordinator, as a specialist was extended in the EU Film Literacy Tender Bid, a European project coordinated by the British Film Institute.

Commitment to the promotion of artistic events has been established this year with the organisation of the exhibitions “Politically Excited” and “É perigoso olhar para dentro” [It’s dangerous to look inside] and with the continuation of the successful “Visual Arts Series”, which aimed to present works by final-year students of the Visual Arts course. The aforementioned exhibitions are the result of a protocol with the Trem Gallery (Municipality of Faro) for which CIAC is responsible for event promotion, while the art gallery’s exhibition programme is determined by the Visual Arts course at the University of the Algarve.

In terms of theatre production, two theatrical shows by the “A Peste” theatre group were produced within the framework of CIAC and the 1st ‘Jornadas do Teatro Amador do Algarve’ [Algarve Amateur Theatre Conference] was held.

Again, with respect to establishing partnerships, the LUSODOC – Mostra de Cinema Documental de Loulé [Loulé Documentary Film Show] (with the Municipality of Loulé) and the Colóquio Narração Oral Hoje [Oral Narration Today Symposium] were organised in partnership with the Institute of Traditional Literature Studies (IELT) of the Universidade Nova of Lisbon. A protocol was also signed with Observatório Político – Associação de Investigação e Estudos Políticos [Political Research and Studies Association].

As a means of disseminating research carried out within the centre, CIAC organised the 4th and 5th ‘Jornadas do CIAC’ conferences and the ‘Jornadas da Revista Verónica’ conference.

CIAC’s editorial approach was also enhanced with the launch of the book A Escola de Teatro do Conservatório (1839-1901) – Contributo para uma História do Conservatório de Lisboa [The Conservatory Theatre School (1839-1901) – Contribution to a History of the Lisbon Conservatory], in the ‘Artes e Media’ collection, from Gradiva, based on research made by Eugénia Basques on theatre writing.

In terms of content production, the documentary film Um Filme Português [A Portuguese Film] was released on DVD, as a result of the ‘The Main Trends’ project, financed by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT).

This year also saw the launch of the “Ciac Files” DVD collection, which collates video recordings of some of the main events organised by the centre, with the main goal of making research produced at CIAC more accessible to the public.

In addition, a consortium project, under the name of “Recardi”, which proposes a close relationship between academia and companies, has been established and started, with the development of a platform boasting network (collaborative) digital creation, virtual exhibition, online teaching and training functionalities, as its primary goal.

Goals Achieved in 2011/2012:

  • A number of creative and artistic teaching laboratories have been created: in particular the theatre studies laboratory, the film studies laboratory and the audiovisual production laboratory.
  • Research networks have been developed and enhanced, with CIAC establishing several partnerships/protocols, including: the Autonomous University of Barcelona, ​​Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Huelva, the University of Seville, Fluminense Federal University, the Federal University of Pernambuco, the Federal University of Ceará, the Federal University of Bahia, the University of São Paulo, Anhembi Morumbi University.
  • CIAC’s editorial approach was developed through the ‘Artes e Media’ Collection, a collection resulting from a protocol between CIAC and publishing house Gradiva, the main aim of which is to breathe new life into studies in the areas of artistic expression, especially with regard to relations with the media. The first book to be published was Nas margens. Ensaios sobre teatro, cinema and meios digitais [On the fringes. Essays on theatre, film and digital media], organised by Gabriela Borges, which aims to establish a dialogue and reflection between CIAC’s main research areas: theatre, film and new media.
  • CIAC continued to organise scientific events in the area of ​​arts and communication, including: Artech 2012 – 6th International Conference on Digital Arts, the 2º Colóquio Narração Oral Hoje [2nd Oral Narration Today Symposium], the “Estudos de Televisão: diálogos Portugal-Brasil” [Television Studies: Portugal-Brazil dialogues] international seminar, “Interactive-non-Interactive: videogame meets video art” international symposium, the exhibitions “Politically Excited”, “É perigoso olhar para dentro” [It’s dangerous to look inside], “As coisas que não existem são mais bonitos”[Things that don’t exist are more beautiful], “a branco e preto” [in white and black], as well as the continuation of the successful “Visual Arts Series”.
  • CIAC also promoted new communication channels for research carried out at the centre, in particular through the creation of a website for the centre (www.ciac.pt), ensuring a social networking presence (Facebook, Twitter, Meo Kanal) and the creation of a cross-media platform (www.crossmediaplatform.ciac.pt) to promote the centre’s artistic and scientific production.
  • CIAC has also expanded its range of advanced training courses, and currently offers the following courses: PhD in Digital Media Art (in partnership with the Universidade Aberta); PhD in Communication, Culture and Arts; Master’s in Communication, Culture and Arts; Master’s in Theatre (in partnership with the Lisbon Film and Theatre School [ESTC]); Master’s in Cinematographic Project Development (in partnership with the Lisbon Film and Theatre School [ESTC]) and the Postgraduate course in Visual and Performing Arts.

2011

Highlights of research carried out at CIAC in 2011 include the following results: the ‘The Main Trends’ project, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), published an online book, for educational purposes, and produced a documentary that premiered at the DOCLisboa 2011 film festival. The partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in the ‘Próximo Futuro’ [Near Future] project will continue for another 3 years and the centre has now joined, within the scope of this project, the ‘Africa and Latin America Observatory’. CIAC’s coordinator and Film Studies coordinator are taking part, alongside research partners and consultants, in the EU Film Literacy Tender Bid, a European project coordinated by the British Film Institute.

With regard to media literacy, CIAC organised a panel with the participation of its researchers and young researchers at the 1st National Congress Literacy, Media and Citizenship, at the University of Minho. The 1st International Meeting of AIM – Associação dos Investigadores Imagem em Movimento [Association of Moving Image Researchers] was co-organised by CIAC and was held at the University of the Algarve. In terms of its international presence, CIAC organised the ‘Interactive-non-interactive: videogame meets video art’ international symposium and the Television Studies International Seminar, in a partnership with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and Globo University. The digital platform for promoting CIAC’s artistic and scientific production went online, thus continuing the project with Complutense University of Madrid.

In terms of postgraduate studies, CIAC took part in the creation of the PhD in Media and Digital Arts, with A3ES accreditation, the first edition of which was from 2012-2015 and was associated with the PhD in Heritage of Portuguese Influence, of the CES/University of Coimbra, within the framework of the Odebrecht-Capistrano de Abreu Professorship, based at CIAC. In partnership with the University of the Algarve’s Visual Arts course, a Visual Arts Series was organised, attended by gallery owners, curators and national and international artists, and continued into 2012. In the area of ​​theatre, the 1st Encontro de Escritas de Cena [Meeting on Theatre Writing] was organised, at the Lisbon Film and Theatre School (ESTC), in partnership with the Catholic University of Lisbon.

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