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.
- 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 documentary “O que fazer daqui para trás” releases in InShadow Festival 2017 (Cinemateca Portuguesa, Lisbon)
December 15, 2017.
The 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.
November 23-26, 2017.
BlackBox researcher Joanna Skubisz, supervised by Prof. Carla Fernandes, is presenting a talk at StuTS (Studentische Tagung Sprachwissenschaft, engl. Student Conference Linguistics), a conference which provides a platform for scientific exchange between students of linguistics and related disciplines.
Carla Fernandes and David Santos at the International Seminar on Archive Practices in the Performative Arts
November 16-18, 2017.
Carla Fernandes and David Santos were invited to participate in the international seminar “Práticas de Arquivo em Artes Performativas”, which took place between 16 and 18 of November at Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente (Coimbra) and Mosteiro São Bento da Vitória (Porto).