London South Bank University and University of Westminster
I am a Lisbon-born artist, researcher and teacher currently based in London, UK. I am the founder of msdm, an acronym-aggregator for a set of contemporary practices that as well as being art as research, are mobile-strategies-[of]-display-[and]- mediation. In addition to synthesizing the aspirations of an artistic-interventionist-curatorial-critical practice, the label 'msdm' suggests a potential signifier for collective action, remaining to this day as a platform for both individual and collaborative work, shown in the context of exhibitions, publications, conferences and teaching/seminars.
In addition, I teach in the digital photography programme at the London South Bank University, leading projects on archives and counter-archival strategies, artists publications and self-publishing practices, post-subcultures and digital performance. I also lead the Thinking Practices project, the art theory module for the MA in Art and Media practice at the University of Westminster.
Since 2009, I have collaborated with Maria Lusitano as the Webcam Operators, a project that researches networked performativity through temporary interventions into livestreaming platforms.
At one level, the Webcam Operators practice is about archiving and everyday theatre- aiming at identifying the genealogy of life-logging, tracing a timeline from the camgirls, the first net- artists that used digital cameras to stream live from personal environments to the internet, to current social life-loggers reliance on mobile cams and web 2.0 platforms.
The project’s presentation as performative installations and streams reveals additional layers. The webcam operators archive contains now a number of works that have derived from our field work (virtual ethnography), including a collection of videos and stills that echoes the aesthetics of early lifestream. Their historical interest lies in the fact that they anticipate what starts to be known as Identity 2.0, a revised concept of identity performance, the “Identity 2.0” as the corollary of the web 2.0 and of the new phase of voluntary surveillance characterised by the “hijacking of surveillance.”
The webcam operators have developed projects for AGM09: under_control and Radiator Festival (Derby), gallery P74 (Ljubljana), Living Room 2010 (Auckland), Sput-e-Nik Project Space (Porto), and the Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof (Hamburg).