The 10th International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts – ARTECH 2021 will be attended by CIAC coordinator Mirian Tavares, as guest speaker, and by many CIAC researchers. Under the theme “Hybrid Praxis: Art, Sustainability & Technology”, the conference will take place between 13 and 15 October, 2021, in Aveiro and in virtual format.

“Video games and gamification against online hate speech?” is the title of Susana Costa’s communication, co-authored by Bruno Mendes da Silva and Mirian Tavares, which contextualizes and disseminates a set of tools developed by the Play Your Role project. there will be presented a game around the social awareness of the problem of hate speech online, which transforms the urban space of the cities of Rimini (Italy), Munich (Germany), Warsaw (Poland) and Siauliai (Lithuania), in playful interfaces; and four serious online games developed after an international Hackathon (“Divide Et Impera”, “Youtuber Simulator”, “Social Threads” and “Deplataforming”).

The artistic proposal “Assum Livre: performance paradoxical between the real and the digital”, by Hugo Canossa, in co-authorship with Rosimária Rocha, consists of an Inter-Art performance that has as main objective to reflect on freedom/ imprisonment, by evoking a metaphor that recreates the experience of confinement/confinement in the times of the 2020-2021 pandemic. The performance is based on the transmission of a video recorded with the author/singer interpreting part of the song “Assum Preto” (Humberto Teixeira and Luiz Gonzaga, 1950), simultaneously with the live interpretation of the other stanzas of the song, which alternate with the presentation of all the lyrics. The performer materializes from the recording/video into real existence, enhancing the natural soundscapes and making possible the hybridization image/sound/performance live.

In “Rejeitorio: An interactive videoinstallation focusing on the human impact on the São Francisco River”, we discuss the work Rejeitorio, by the artist Inês Regina Argôlo, developed within the scope of her PhD in Digital Media-Art (UAb/UAlg), under the guidance of Bruno Mendes da Silva and Gabriela Borges. It is an interactive videoinstallation mediated by digital technology that points to the urgency of preserving the São Francisco River, especially after the rupture of the dam in the city of Brumadinho (Brazil), in 2019, and that resulted in the contamination of one of its tributaries with toxic tailings. The videoinstallation features 2D animations that alternate according to the presence or absence of the audience within the demarcated space.

Hugo Paquete presents “Orbital Eccentricity: Sound performance, using commercial and military satellites with real time tracking data”, a musical performance that starts from the inquiry about the possibility of generating sound and musical elements from commercial and military satellites, established in a process of acquisition and conversion of real time sound satellite movement data fused into midi-data language.

CIAC’s participation is also reflected in the exhibition of the posters: “Primitive Anatomy” (Hugo Azevedo), “Inside embroidery. The rematerialization of traditional embroidery in a post-digital approach”(Selma Pereira), “Make me up! A proposal for a performative digital artifact in times of re-signification of post-pandemic urban art” (Juliana Wexel) and “l’m watching you/me: live drawing and VR visualization of spherical perspectives using TouchDesigner Plasmic Culture INC WITH ALLY FIBRE” (Lucas Fabian Olivero).

ARTECH 2021 brings together professors, researchers, artists, designers and other professionals in the fields of digital arts, culture and education, from 34 countries, with the aim of promoting debate on the current state of digital culture and fostering dialogue about the intersection of art and technology as an important field of research. Organized by the University of Aveiro, Aveiro City Hall and Artech-Internacional together with ID+ Research Institute in Design, Media and Culture, the conference is supported by CIAC and the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of São José (Macau).