João Fiadeiro
First Case Study: October 2014 to March 2016 More

Introduction: Composition in Real Time method

Performance Studies & Information Vizualisation

Multimodal Communication & Cognition

Computer Vision & Motion Tracking

Rui Lopes Graça
Second Case Study: May 2016 to October 2017 More

BlackBox - Arts & Cognition

A collaborative platform to document performance composition:
from conceptual structures in the backstage to customizable visualizations in the front-end.

BlackBox is an interdisciplinary ERC-funded project hosted by FCSH-UNL since September 2014, under the direction of Prof. Carla Fernandes as its Principal Investigator.

With a wide-breadth duration of 5 years, the BlackBox project aims at developing a cutting-edge model for a web-based collaborative platform, dedicated to the documentation of compositional processes by contemporary performing artists with a focus on dance and theatre. The platform will enable a robust representation of the implicit knowledge in performing practices while applying novel visualization technologies to support it.

Choreographer João Fiadeiro (Re.Al) is our first year case study, and other artists will be invited throughout the project duration.

As an Arts&Cognition project, BlackBox aims at the analysis of the invited artists’ unique conceptual structures, by crossing the empirical insights of contemporary creators with research theories from Multimodal Communication (Human Interaction, Gesture Studies, Cognitive Science) and Computer Vision.

General objectives:

  • Perform theoretical and innovative interdisciplinary research on the intersection of multimodal communication and cognition, performance studies and digital media.
  • Document, transmit and preserve the unexplored knowledge contained in performance composition processes.
  • Assist artists with creative tools to facilitate their choreographic/dramaturgic practices on a collaborative basis.

The ERC Starting-Grant which supports this project has allowed the recruitment of 3 Post-Docs and 2 PhD students in the research domains of Cognitive Linguistics, Digital Media applied to the Performing Arts and Computer Science. The project also hosts several freelance collaborators and external service providers in the areas of graphic and web design, video, photography and software development, as well as international consultants in Digital Archiving and Intangible Cultural Heritage.

It has additional collaborators from: Interactive Multimedia Group at FCT-UNL; the Neuroscience Programme at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown; C-DaRE at Coventry University, UK; The Linguistics Centre of Universidade do Porto; and the Motion Bank Institute, Frankfurt.

BlackBox launches a 360º video platform to visualize the creative process of the ballet “Quinze Bailarinos e Tempo Incerto” by João Penalva and Rui Lopes Graça

March 14, 2018 - Cinema São Jorge, Lisbon.

BlackBox 360 platformBlackBox project has created a new concept to study creative processes in dance and performance using a 360º camera and animated and interactive annotations.

Blackbox Team at the 8th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies: “Gesture and Diversity”

July 4-8, 2018.

8th Conference of the International Society for Gesture StudiesThe researchers of BlackBox project will be participating in the 8th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies, to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, July 4-8, 2018. This edition of the conference will be dedicated to the thematic “Gesture and Diversity”.

BlackBox documentary “O que fazer daqui para trás” releases in InShadow Festival 2017 (Cinemateca Portuguesa, Lisbon)

December 15, 2017.

O Que Fazer Daqui Para TrásThe documentary about the creative process of choreographer João Fiadeiro, “O Que Fazer Daqui Para Trás” (eng. “What To Do With What Remains”), produced by BlackBox project, will have a preview release in the 2017 edition of InShadow - Lisbon ScreenDance Festival, at Cinemateca Portuguesa on December 15th, 9:30pm.