Festival of DIGITAL ARTS
“Olhares de Outono”
School of Arts
Portuguese Catholic University
Porto Regional Centre
10th TO 15th NOVEMBER 2003
Aiming to improve and consolidate, in an effective way, the primary mission of the original summer Workshops in the school of Arts from the Portuguese Catholic University, the new edition of Olhares de Outono brings a vast range of Workshops, Study-Journeys Conferences and Artistic Events, which will serve the purpose of pushing and stimulating the initiative and competence from the young community of Portuguese Researchers and Artist working in the field of Digital Arts.
Following up the essence and perspective of previous editions, this year the specific scope of the Olhares de Outono will specifically focus the topic of an instrument, so that conferences, workshops and events will converge in to the discussion of a musical or visual instrument.
The notion of an instrument, apparently leading to a perfectly integrated model with a clear role in the mediation different human activities, reveals it self in a perspective of decomposition of its complexity unveiling its unstable nature. The idea of an instrument becomes a synthesized concept based on subtracts of different origins, in the sense that an instrument is also an interface which articulates and correlates perception, representation, cognition, physiology, bionic, etc.
In this context, by trying to profound, the conception, implementation and usage of instruments which synthesize different areas of knowledge, we will have the opportunity of getting in touch with perspectives which are the basis for cutting-edge research in the Digital Arts Domain.
Besides the workshops, for which we rely on the presence of Professor Antonio Camurri and Ramon Gonzalez-Arroyo, we will also present several conferences from which we stress the presence of two young Portuguese researchers from one of the most prestigious research groups in the field of representation - CICM/ Paris 8 University. A new format of presentation will also be introduced this year, with the Study-Journey, where we will present the work developed over the last two years in the Atelier de Artes Digitais context, which will be introduced this year as a research group on the Citar_Lab.
In an attempt to keep revealing to the general public the new tendencies in Digital Arts, we will two major events closing the Olhares de Outono, from which we highlight the event Utopias in collaboration with OrchestrUtopica.