From 7th to 27th of September, 2016

In UN/BIASED the Portuguese design team merge design and science, using bacteria to visualise data streams pertaining to an opaque, yet eroding factor in Portuguese society: sexism. The installation is comprised of four maps that contrast gender gaps in areas such as wages and higher education. Two maps are computer-generated, animated visualisations that extrapolate a dystopian future based on ongoing downward spiral trends. The other two maps use biological elements (plants, viruses, and bacteria) to represent an invigorated utopian nation, characterised by progressive socio-economic indicators. Utopia is conveyed by the equalitarian map landscapes and the use of natural elements as instruments for data visualisation.

Administering Body: Cultivamos Cultura
Design Team: Marta de Menezes, Pedro Miguel Cruz
Curator: Manuel Lima
Supporting Bodies: Embassy of Portugal in the United Kingdom; República Portuguesa/Cultura; Direção-Geral das Artes; IGC, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência; Paula Duque (Plant Molecular Biology Lab); Isabel Gordo (Evolutionary Biology Lab); Joana Gonçalves Sá (Science and Policy Lab); Ana Mena (Outreach Department); Dr. Simon Park (Department of Microbial Sciences, University of Surrey).


Enhancement: MAKING SENSE

From 25th of May | 25th of July, 2016

It was about time that we splashed some color into the grey brick walls of i3S!

The exhibit “Enhancement: MAKING SENSE” opened at i3S on May 25th, with a program that included the first session of a series of debates on enhancement followed by cocktail.
The second session – the Night of the Waves - takes place on June 16th, and visitors may expect a discussion about the “electrical conditioning of the brain” and an artistic performance - Enhancing the Mind’s I. Researcher João Relvas is moderating a debate that counts with the expertise of psychologist Francisco Marques Teixeira (neurofeedback: technology & transformation) and neurosurgeon Manuel Rito (deep brain stimulation).

As for the third and last installment of the series, it comes to pass on June 30th, between 6pm and 7.30pm, a session entitled “Beyond the gray areas: creativity and mental illness”. i3S Director Mário Barbosa and journalist Andrea Cunha Freitas are moderating a debate with psychiatrist Isabel Maria Brandão (scientific creativity: protection or vulnerability to mental illness), “Art Brut” Collector Richard Treger (art and mental alienation) and IMM researcher Diana Prata (the neurobiology of creativity).

The exhibit is showing until July 25th and guided tours with the curated and artist Maria Manuela Lopes are available to the public.


Exhibition in PENAFIEL!!! Curated by Maria Manuela Lopes

From 12th to 26th of March, 2016

Matter and Media of the Invisible: the archaeology of memory

This collective exhibition gathers projects from international artists that, from sculpture to installation, using design and performance, make
up a network of relationships between Man, his environment and history, with special focus on the intersection of art and museology, by reflecting the visible and invisible matter that constitues our memory.

Curator: Maria Manuela Lopes
a project of ISCE Douro (Instituto de Ciência Educativas do Douro)
in partnership with
Penafiel Municipal Museum
Praxis & Poiesis (ID+ – Instituto de Investigação em Design, Media e Cultura)
Cultivamos Cultura – Associação Cultural
Ectopia – Laboratório de Artes Experimental
I3S (Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde)

Antonio Caramelo / Carlos Murad / Celso Guimarães / Paulo Emílio e Dori Nigro / Edgard Oliva / Fabiana Wielevic / João Agrelli / João Vilnei / Kathleen Rogers / Leonardo Ventapane / Maria Manuela Lopes / Marta de Menezes / Natalia Arango / Paulo Bernardino Bastos / Sergio Eliseu / Silvia Pinto / Welligton Junior / Horácio Tomé Marques / Francisco M. Teixeira

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i / Material

from 10th to 27th of November

The search for new materials to express visual concepts has been a constant research process. Already the first artists investigated different pigments to transmit visual ideas in the wall of their caves. There are many artists currently investigating new processes and technologies that offer opportunities for the manifestation of creativity in the visual arts. The iMaterial exhibition shows examples of experimentation in art where they punctuate new materials (biological, chemical, electronic or even immaterial), as well as the application of technology in creative processes.

The exhibition brings together artists at different stages of their career, including reference artists in experimental art (Stelarc, Kathy High, Kira O’Reilly, Marta de Menezes, among others) and younger artists. Another feature of the exhibition is the fact that most of the works resulted from artistic residences that took place at Cultivamos Cultura (on the Alentejo Coast) in collaboration with Portuguese institutions.

The selected works have a high conceptual density, where several levels of complexity coexist. For example The Third Ear of Stelarc is a rapid prototyping mold of his arm where he implanted a third ear. In this case, the limit of what is the work of art, the role of the author, the dichotomy representation – real object, are issues raised by a seemingly simple object.

As a whole, the experimental nature of the works reflects what Cultivamos Cultura’s work philosophy has been and aims to present a challenge for the new generation of artists.

Adam Zaretsky / Alex May / Anna Dumitriu / Antonio Caramelo / Jelena Matičic / Kacie Aufret / Kathy High / Kira O’Reilly / Maria Manuela Lopes / Marta de Menezes / Nina Sellers / Stelarc.

Marta de Menezes and Luis Graça will be in Athens this month!


 The BioArt project, “BioArt: Borders and definitions. Research project for the development of a widely accepted deontological framework of its production and management”, is implemented by the Technological Educational Institute of Athens (TEI of Athens) coordinated by the Dept. Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art in collaboration with researchers from the Panteion University of Athens and Columbia University (USA).

The project started on April 1st, 2012 and has duration of 30 months (the project has been extended until June 30th , 2015). In the framework of the project, an e-workshop of experts entitled “Collecting and Display BioArt: Ethics and Guidelines” will be implemented. The final outcome of the research project will be presented at an International Workshop which will be hosted in TEI of Athens in April 24th 2015.


Marta de Menezes & Luis Graça: ‘Nesmrtnost za dva’ / ‘Immortality for Two’ – Exhibition Opening and Lecture

'Immortality for Two' - Exhibition Opening and -1


In recent years, immortal cell lines, usually derived from cancer cells collected from patients, have become an important tool in biomedical research. In Immortality for two, white blood cells – lymphocytes – will be collected from both authors and transformed in the laboratory in order to acquire characteristics of immortality. Marta de Menezes will immortalise Luis’ cells, and vice-versa. This will be achieved using a viral vector to introduce oncogenes (cancer inducing genes) in the cells – something that is today a standard experimental procedure. This way two immortal cell lines containing the complete genomic information of the two people will be generated. The two immortal cell lines are derived from immune cells, which are involved in the body’s defence. Thus, those cells will reject cells from a different origin, in the same way a transplanted organ is rejected. Therefore, the final irony of the artwork is the realization that although the cell lines are derived from two individuals who like to be together and love each other, immortality comes at a price – and that price is isolation. Thus, the two immortal cell lines can only be together artificially, in the space where their digital video projections intersect. These cells will outlive the bodies from which they were originally derived and, in principle, it would be possible to clone a new body from the immortal cells.


Photo: Miran Kramar for KONTEJNER | biro suvremene umjetničke prakse/ Touch Me Festival, Zagreb

Thanks to: Strip Core / Forum Ljubljana

The project is developed in partnership with Cultivamos Cultura and its presentation in Ljubljana supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and Municipality of Ljubljana – Department for Culture.



Meet the Finalists


Our finalists come from every walk of life and background imaginable, from seasoned academics who have studied their industry for years, to normal people whose lives changed through a single experience. We asked them about their story: what inspired them to do what they do, what challenges and obstacles they have faced along the way, and advice that they may have for the budding world-changer. Click on the profiles in this section to read what many of them have to say.

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On November 13th and 14th, 2014, at the TIME Conference Center in New York City, many of the most innovative people and organizations in the science and technology world will join together for an historic gathering – the 2014 World Technology Summit & Awards – to celebrate each other’s accomplishments; to explore what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies; and to create the kinds of serendipitous relationships that create the future.

The majority of Summit participants will be either current WTN members (primarily winners/finalists from previous World Technology Awards cycles, as selected by their peers as those doing the innovative work of “the greatest likely long-term significance”) or 2014 World Technology Award nominees. A combination of keynote talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions and career-altering networking opportunities over both days will conclude with a gala black-tie Awards ceremony on the second night of the event. – See more at:

“The Brain” exhibition in the Daejong Museum of Art in Korea

더 브레인 The Brain

프로젝트대전 2014 Project Daejeon 2014展   2014_1122 ▶ 2015_0208

관람시간 / 10:00am~06:00pm / 금요일_10:00am~09:00pm / 월요일 휴관
대전시립미술관 DAEJEON MUSEUM OF ART 대전시 서구 둔산대로 155 전관 Tel. +82.42.602.3200



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Autómato Vivo – A Vida, um Artifício Natural? exposição no MUNHAC comissariada por Adelino Cardoso e Manuel Valente Alves

Autómato Vivo – A Vida, um Artifício Natural?

Inaugura no dia 21 de Novembro ás 18h30 no MUNHAC e estará aberta ao público cerca de 3 meses.


Na transição do século XVII ao XVIII, há toda uma corrente médico-filosófica
que concebe o organismo como uma máquina apta a executar por si, mecânica e
automaticamente, o conjunto das operações vitais. Tal concepção, inspirada no
funcionamento dos “autómatos espirituais”, revelou-se profundamente inovadora,
mas não isenta de problemas. A Exposição “O Autómato vivo” visa aprofundar a
fecundidade e as dificuldades intrínsecas à noção de vida como o mais belo dos
artifícios, cruzando arte, ciência e natureza.

Parte do projecto de investigação O conceito de natureza no pensamento médico-filosófico na transição do século XVII ao XVIII do Centro de História da Cultura da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Coordenação geral do projecto: Adelino Cardoso. Financiamento: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian e FCT)

4th TOUCH ME Festival! TOUCH ME FESTIVAL: It’s about TIME!


Touch Me Festival: It’s about time!

“Time is an observed phenomenon, by means of which human beings sense and record changes in the environment and in the universe. A literal definition is elusive. Time has been called an illusion, a dimension, a smooth-flowing continuum, and an expression of separation among events that occur in the same physical location.” Their fascination with time will present renominated artists from Netherlands,Portugal, Great Britan, Slovenia, Croatia and more.

The artistic and scientific works we are presenting at the exhibition consider the phenomenon of time from differing perspectives. Caramelo, Imafuku & Haramura, Petrič and Franke are concerned with natural phenomena, intervals and rhythms. Antonio Caramelo introduces us to an interactive world of clouds, enabling us to speed up or slow down the rhythms of nature at will. Ivana Franke permits us to recreate the experience of a mighty storm complete with thunder and lightning in a closed space. The focus of her work is on the intervals of the lightning flashes and the expectation of the thunder that is still to arrive.

Soon more information about the upcoming festival on ournew website!

Projekt concept: KONTEJNER | bureau for contemporary art praxis
Curatorial team: Olga Majcen Linn and Sunčica Ostoić | KONTEJNER, Marta de Menezes | Cultivamos Cultura
Partners: Klovićevi dvori Gallery, Zagreb; Cultivamos Cultura, São Luís, Portugal; Stichting Synergetica Lab, Amsterdam; Institute for Physics, Zagreb; Croatian Film Assosiation,Zagreb 
Project is supported by: National Foundation for Civil Society Development; City of Zagreb; Ministry of Culture of Republic Croatia; Austrian Culture Forum Zagreb; Kultura Nova Foundation