João Beira - Interactive Performance Visualizations

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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. (