Praxis and Poiesis: from arts practice towards art theory


Proposition of exploratory artistic practice as a contributive interface to social, cultural and communal development (Pillar III of the strategic plan Horizon 2020), while simultaneously developing creative practice as well as its own, simultaneous interpretation.


Art Practice, Experience and Development, Transdisciplinary Conceptual/Technological Interat, Aesthetics Thinking


The area of Art Studies is manifested in diverse types of knowledge. Due to the combination of skills thus far, the group proposes/suggests that research should be organised according to four thematic areas, which are briefly described below. We draw attention to the fact that the boundaries between the themes are liminal thresholds only necessary to establish an initial research framework – as this group research and expertise is centred in the visual arts, most certainly crossovers and links between the themes will be explored.

Group Coordinator elected by the Scientific Committee, two-year renewable term;
Scientific Committee formed by all integrated members;
Project coordinators emerge out of the projects themselves;
Plenary meetings with all members of the group (bi-yearly).

The existence of a Scientific Committee is anticipated within this structure: formed by all integrated members, so that all researchers/Integrated Members (Scientific Committee) will be involved as coordinators of the presented thematic areas, and whom will be responsible for:

• Initiating and promoting projects;
• Elaborating funding applications;
• Communicating/presenting their research actions to society (through editing journals; international congresses); • Organizing festivals, exhibitions and workshops;
• Encouraging other activities in partnership with cultural/scientific and social institutions.

The collaborating individuals – Post-Doctorate researchers; doctorate or masters students; and invited specialists – will be integrated according to the projects to be developed.

The proposed areas are:

Artistic Practice [art as production – the making (art studio; object)]:

  • the significance of the work through its own artefacts – interaction, interrelation, mutual understanding – as a process of production of contents;
  • art as a legacy in itself (Art for art’s sake);
  • the intrinsic questions of the making, as well as research that focuses on performance practices, drawing, painting, sculpture and installations – regardless of the medium in which it materialises, but rather expanding and questioning the boundaries between the studio and/or the construction of socio-cultural public space and/or project presentation.

Critical-philosophical thinking in/about art [art as an act of reflection – exegesis; thought (aesthetic; curating; critical and/or self-reflexive)]:

  • exploring methodologies, the construction of knowledge through artistic creation and the aesthetic experience of reception/participation, the techniques and of the poetics.

Transdisciplinary technical/technological Intersections (media, art and science – media lab):

  • the medium as a process that can intrinsically guide the development of the work/artistic object and its display (not as a concept but as an object), with codes, tools and circulation supports;
  • the framing and contextualization of projects that relate to practices which are dependent on specific technological mediation (e.g. video, photography, sound, mediated perception, augmented reality, virtual reality, affective computing, interface, interaction, biofeedback, etc.);
  • the structuring of this line of questioning in relation to the practice of art with scientific, industrial and procedural exploration in other disciplines such as biology, medicine, health, engineering, climate sciences, agriculture, geology, museology, etc.

Artistic Education:

  • forms and methods for pedagogical practice (Can art be taught? How should the artist of the future be taught? And children and young people?), exploration and development of specific methodologies and techniques for art education and research in art and through art – technological mediation and complex issues of education (e.g. distance learning and virtual communities, communities with special needs).
Integrated members
António Manuel Dias Costa Valente
Antonio Wellington de Oliveira Junior
Graça Maria Alves dos Santos Magalhães
José Pedro Barbosa Gonçalves de Bessa
Luísa Maria Lopes Ribas
Maria Isabel da Fonseca e Castro Moreira Azevedo
Maria Manuela Carvalho de Sousa Lopes
Nuno Miguel Chuva Vasco
Paulo Bernardino das Neves Bastos
Rosa Maria Pinho de Oliveira
Rosangella Leote
Sérgio Rafael Tomé Das Neves Eliseu
Other researchers
Fabiana Feronha Wielewicki
José Miguel Santos Araújo Carvalhais Fonseca

The objectives of this group focus on promoting, energising, supporting and sharing research within the fields related the scientific areas of Media and Culture, by conducting research projects that will contribute to the development and dissemination of knowledge in the area of Artistic Studies, with the integration of artistic and technological dimensions as a primary concern.

The group aims to consolidate the efforts of lecturers/researchers from different institutions, in order to maximise the human, scientific and technological potential already in place at the host entities and in associate them in the development of knowledge/projects.

We intend to develop research in areas that intersect the proposed themes, whereby the artistic products and their current practice – as well as reflection on them – can contribute to the socio-cultural dynamism of the regions where the activities are based – leading to increased production and dissemination of knowledge of the area of Artistic Studies.

We propose the following comprehensive objectives, according to the referred themes:

  • to promote inter/transdisciplinary research within a unique and experimental centre, creating individual, collective and socially inclusive artistic projects;
  • to develop, explore and stimulate research activities in artistic and technological areas implicit in the visual and performing art practices of the members of the broader group of researchers and collaborators;
  • to support the development of new research and projects in the field of visual arts, namely: installations, interaction support; the intrinsic orientation in developing the artistic work/object and its display; the image (still or moving); design; performance; the inter-action with other scientific areas;
  • to promote critical discussion and reflection of issues in the context of Artistic Studies, namely: science and technology, sociology of art, research and education in the arts; interaction, augmented reality, digital culture or culture and tradition; representation in cultural and scientific collections – in addition to presenting at conferences and publishing in national and international journals;
  • fundraising and specific support for projects, at international and national levels, through grant applications and protocols with institutions and with other research units;
  • one of the intentions of this group focuses on collecting data regarding the socio-cultural diversity and richness of the regions where integrated members and researchers involved in each project are based, in order to reinvest, to contribute to the invigoratation and mobilisation of content and exploratory artistic practices, in structures for the dissemination pre-established/existing knowledge (Fábrica da Ciência; Centro Cultural de Ílhavo; Centro das Artes do Espetáculo do Sever do Vouga; Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Aveiro; Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia de Santa Maria da Feira; in addition to other spaces assocaited with cultural/artistic activites – Associação Cultural Mercado Negro; Binaural – Associação Cultural de Nodar; whilst also seeking to create bonds of discursive integration with private entities of cultural dissemination – art galleries);
  • to spread nationwide and internationaly the results of research produced within the group;
  • creating a sense of value, as a way of retaining talents in the North/Central region of Portugal;
  • employing creativity, tradition, heritage and technology as a means of encouraging the spillover to other areas/sectors.

Furthermore, these objectives will be pursued within contextual frameworks that will provide both a series of environments subject to ethnographic scrutiny, whose scale may be further expanded, and a series of multi-disciplinary environments where design may both legitimise its value in face of other disciplines, and acquire a fuller understanding of its own current boundaries.


Some ongoing PhD Research:

  • Blurred Geography: fictions of place-image in contemporary art.
  • TURN ON COLOR – study of interaction of color pigment and artificial light color in scenic design.
  • The world as a C.A.V.E.