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João Beira - Interactive Performance Visualizations

In this session new media artist Joao Beira will present and share his creative process in designing media for interactive performance visualizations with live dancers and for interactive public installations. Joao combines projector based augmentations with natural user interface design and sensing technologies. Following a brief  presentation of his work, he will share his framework and strategies for creative mapping  in expressive performance design. In this session participants will gain an overview of current tools and techniques for embodied interface design and how they can used to create an engaging visual and performing arts experience.


João Beira is a visual artist merging 3D projection design with interactive media. Soon he realize his mission in life would be to generate mathematical wonderlands and immersive experiences through the use of projected light and its influence on our perception.
João is the founder and creative director of Datagrama and is currently pursuing a dual degree PhD at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Porto, Portugal, which focuses on the integration of sensing technologies with projection-based augmentations for live dance performance. Some of his most notable works have included collaborations with artists such as Quixotic, Vitamotus, and Yacov Sharir. He holds a M.A. in Multimedia Art, and was a lecturer at the ESG University, Portugal, from 2007 to 2010. Since moving to Austin in 2010 he has also been conducting interactive media design workshops, publishing research scientific papers and participating in artistic residencies.

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  • Joao B.

    Thank you everyone for coming and for the feedback!! Such a great environment and space to share projects and creativity!! Thank you FuseBox!!

    August 14, 2015

    • Edgar

      I am so bummed I found out about this today. Hopefully I get a chance to meet up with you, your work is great.

      August 17, 2015

  • Jacob V.

    great work Joao! looking forward to the next speaker!

    1 · August 13, 2015

  • Ron B.

    Awesome. Super inspiring and ambitious work from Joao. Nice to look at a bunch of different projects.

    1 · August 12, 2015

  • Phillip O.

    Hi Ron and all involved,
    I'm so sorry that I couldn't make it tonight. I'm very disappointed to miss it. I've had a family issue come up. Hopefully I can make the next one. Thanks everyone!


    August 12, 2015

  • Ron B.

    Hope to see everyone at the Meetup this Wed. Joao Beira is awesome. Excited to share his work with you all. There will also be some time for socializing and catching up as well as some updates. AND there will be pizza and beer!



    1 · August 10, 2015

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