ACHIEVEMENTS

ACHIEVEMENTS

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 centre’s researchers, sharing their research and results on topics related to communication, culture and the arts. Highlights of the 11th edition included the organisation 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 theme, 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 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.

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 North; Literacia 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 North; Literacia 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.

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.

 

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.

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.