Pedro Alves da Veiga brings to Faro the exhibition Transmutações Generativas

The Galeria Trem will host, from February 2, the exhibition Transmutações Generativas by the artist and collaborator of CIAC, Pedro Alves da Veiga. The exhibition will include two author installations: ALCHIMIA and OMMANDALA that invite to interaction and discovery through sound or image.

The inauguration of Transmutações Generativas is scheduled for February 2 at 6:30 pm in Galeria Trem and will be attended by the artist. The exhibition will be open until March 16.


ALCHIMIA is an installation designed on the basis of human fascination with self-reflection, reminiscent of the myth of Narcissus, or the various artistic interpretations – portraits of all ages – most recently materialized in the ubiquitous selfie. Alchimia stimulates the audience with views of their own faces, processed and altered, out of their aesthetic control but, yet, portraying them admittedly. At a time when racism, gender equality, migration, transsexuality and culture are the subject of so much controversy, in which even the software used for face detection and recognition is questioned, Alchimia transforms each face detected, giving him or her, different traits: man, woman, androgynous, tribal mask, new, old, indescribable, comic, terrifying.

OMMANDALA was born as a representation of our domestic cosmos. This installation uses sound as the only source of interaction, regenerating in function of the sounds, and offering a new collection of stimuli. The mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hindu religions. It represents the universe and is constructed according to a well-defined set of rules, such as generative art. Mandalas were originally used to focus the attention of practitioners and adepts, as auxiliary tools of guidance, and to establish a sacred space, aiding in the induction of trances. The Om or Aum is the sacred sound and a spiritual icon, as well as the most important mantra of Hinduism. It is said that it contains the knowledge of the Vedas and it is considered the sound of the universe and the seed that fecundates the other mantras. In this way it also represents the generating sound, since it is through the sound that Ommandala reacts to the human presence.

About the artist:

Pedro Alves da Veiga is a transdisciplinary researcher and artist, graduated in Computer Engineering from FCT-UNL. He is currently a doctoral student in Media-Digital Art and researcher at the Center for Research in Arts and Communication, developing artistic activity in assemblage, generative creative programming and digital audiovisuals. His Media-Digital Art works have already been shown at festivals (Paratissima 2016, Lisbon, Heritales 2016, Évora and Bienal de Arte de Cerveira, 2015) and other conferences (Artech 2017, Macao, Expressive CAe 2016 and Science 2016, Lisbon) and exhibition spaces (Municipal Library Fernando Piteira Santos, Amadora, Fábrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon).

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