Exhibition: “What is Watt?”
Centro Cultural John dos Passos – Ponta do Sol
30Nov – 05Dec 2023 | FREE ENTRY
Engaged in the dynamic intersection of Art and Education, the artist conducts research within the realm of languages, combining practical work with influential figures such as Raymond Murray Schafer, Joseph Moreno, Robert Filliou, Serge III Oldenburg, Tormo i Ballester, Wolf Vostell, Yoko Ono, José Ernesto de Sousa, Alberto Carneiro, and Augusta Villalobos. Their works are housed in prominent institutions like the Museum of the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic, MNAC_Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea, Museu Serralves, MUDAS.museu, Fundació Joan Brossa, MVM_Museo Vostell Malpartida, Paradise Museum of Joseph Beuys, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Art Library, and the Digital Archive of Portuguese Experimental Literature. The artist also imparts knowledge through teaching at the University of Coimbra and the University of Porto.
Born on the island of Madeira in 1954, Portugal, he currently resides and works in Funchal. In the late 1970s, he crossed paths with António Aragão, initiating a collaboration in 1981 to explore the visual and poetic/experimental possibilities of a Xerox 3100 photocopier, seeking innovative connections between text and image. This collaboration gave rise to the envelope-zine Filigrama, circulated within the global mail-art network. Notably, this project earned recognition for its involvement in “some of the most important initiatives related to Portuguese visual poetry in the 1980s and 1990s,” leading to participation in various international festivals and biennials focusing on mail-art, copy-art, video-art, visual, and experimental poetry. His work is featured in several anthologies dedicated to Portuguese experimental and visual poetry.
As a visual artist, he has explored the mediums and languages of video, installation, and, lately, performance. He has exhibited in solo shows alongside various artists as an audiovisual “intruder” (part of the “point of view” project) and in group shows. To date, he has had three solo exhibitions at Galeria dos Prazeres, Henrique and Francisco Franco Museum, and Casa da Cultura de Santa Cruz. The rest of his time is dedicated to his role as an associate professor of aesthetics and art history at the University of Madeira. He has authored several articles on photography, cinema, aesthetics, and art history, in addition to organizing congresses, exhibitions, meetings, etc. Furthermore, he frequently contributes to exhibition catalogues.
(Funchal, 1949) holds a degree in Graphic Arts and Design from ESBAP and a master’s degree in Art and Design Teaching from De Montfort University. He served as a lecturer at the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra.
His work is notable for the radical nature of interventions rooted in intentional hybridity, stemming from the interplay and permutation between linguistic and non-linguistic signs. The contamination emerging from the diverse use of graphic material in the 1960s and 70s found support in the 1980s through video and computer media. In this regard, his computer poetry is credited with opening new directions for experimental poetry. Frequently intertwining issues related to materiality and mediation, his work incorporates procedures based on digital systems alongside analogue representation. His recent foray into performance, in real or virtual spaces like Second Life, is crucial in understanding how experimentalist practices intersect with the social practices they engage with.