Cultural operator, designer, sound carrier, media culture researcher.
halvelos @ gmail.com
B. Viseu, Portugal, 1966.
A Ph.D from the Department of Design of the Royal College of Art (2003) and Master in Visual Communication (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1992), he has pioneered the implementation of Design Research in Portugal, both as member of the Scientific Board for Humanities and Social Sciences of the National Foundation for Science and Technology, as well as Director of ID+ (Institute for Research in Design, Media and Culture) on behalf of the University of Porto.
Since 2006 he has been developing R&D within the UTAustin-Portugal program for Digital Media, where he is now National Outreach Program Director, and where he curates the annual digital media festival FuturePlaces since 2008.
Since 2003, under the alias Autodigest, Heitor has released a series of sound documents on various music labels (Ash International, Touch, Cronica Electronica, The Tapeworm). With these labels he has also produced stage visuals for Fennesz, Biosphere, Pangeia, Max Eastley and BJNilsen, among others.
Heitor is currently art director for the editorial outcomes of Manobras no Porto, a singer at Stopestra, and co-owns the random music label 333. His research interests currently gravitate towards participatory media, creative citizenship action and cultural criminology.
Post-doctorate Research Fellow, INESC Porto, 2010.
Ph.D Design / Media Studies. Royal College of Art, London, 2003. FCT scholarship.
MA Visual Communication. School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 1992. Fulbright scholarship, trustee scholarship (SAIC), JNICT grant.
BA Communication Design. Universidade do Porto, 1989.
Media Culture. Participatory Media. Creative networks. Sound cultures.
Urban Ethnography. Post-subcultural studies. Cultural Criminology.
Professor of Design / Professor of New Media, Universidade do Porto
Outreach Director, UTAustin-Portugal program for the development in Digital Media
Course Director, PhD in Design, Universidade do Porto.
Curator, FuturePlaces Digital Media Festival
Director (Universidade do Porto), ID+: Institute for Research in Design, Media and Culture - Universidade do Porto, Universidade de Aveiro (since 2007)
Visiting Tutor, Drawing Studio, Royal College of Art (London, since 2001)
Scientific Board, Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal)
Board of Directors: UTAustin – Portugal Program in Digital Media
General Board, Fundação Gomes Teixeira (Portugal)
Executive Board, The European Academy of Design
Advisory Board for Digital Communities, Ars Electronica
Advisory Board, Manobras no Porto
Scientific Board, PhD in Digital Media, Universidade do Porto / Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Scientific Board, PhD in Occupational Health and Safety, Universidade do Porto
Associate Editor: The Poster Journal (University of Loughborough, United Kingdom)
Editorial Board: Crime Media Culture (Sage Publications, United Kingdom)
Editorial Board: Radical Designist (IADE, Lisbon)
Editorial Board: :Estúdio (FBA, University of Lisbon)
Head of International Relations, School of Fine Arts, Universidade do Porto (2003-12)
Curator, Nomadic – meetings between art and science (with Maria Strecht: Universidade do Porto, 2009/10)
Chair, Department of Design, Universidade do Porto (2005-09)
Tutor in Drawing, Royal College of Art (1999-2001)
Editions, Publications (selection)
2012 – present Co-directs the random music label 3:33 with Philip Marshall, Leslie Winer and Anselmo Canha.
2004 – present Autodigest. Edition of media documents detailing the collapse and regeneration of contemporary popular culture. Ash International, Crónica Electrónica, The Tapeworm, Touch.
2012 Graffiti that is not graffiti: urban regeneration, legal loopholes, and the rise of “fair vandalism”. in Vaz-Pinheiro, Gabriela (ed). Relational Spaces. Porto: FBAUP, 2012.
2011 The futureplaces Impromptu All-stars Orchestra: Poststop. CD. Cronica Electronica, Porto.
2011 in Duarte, Frederico, And Max Bruinsma (eds). Useless. Lisbon:EXD.
2011 Shabazz (Revisited) / Nayee (Chumberos Mix). Artwork for music editions by Blind ºº Coyote / Drem Bruinsma.
2011 Too Much by Too Many? In search of a role for Design.
in Guerrini, Luca (ed). PhD Notes on Design. Milan: Instituto Politecnico di Milano.
2010 Beyond Like: Thoughts on Psychic Octopi, Soft Superstition and Wishful Activism.
In Calling All Futures: an overview of futureplaces, past, present and. Porto: University of Porto/UTAustin-Portugal, October 2010.
2009 Reinventar o Design: notas sobre o ensino e a aprendizagem de uma prática humana. in Sena da Silva. Lisbon: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.
2009 No Longer Longing: digital media as the agent of contextual change. in futureplaces festival proceedings. Porto: University of Porto.
2009 KREV 6. 7″. Ash International, London.
2006 The Glamour of Grime. Article in Crime Media Culture, Sage Pub
2005 The Desert of Imagination in the City of Signs.
Chapter in Cultural Criminology Unleashed reader, Sage
2005 PMVP_scene.jpg (Reality, Perception, Digital). Article in inSi[s]tu
2004 untitled. Track on Gesang der Jünglinge CD, Sirr-ecords
2004 Thoughts on P2P. Article in Margens e Confluências
2003 – 2004 Tracks for Atlantic Waves CDs. Gulbenkian Foundation, London
2002 The Kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland. Ash International, 2CD
Recent Lectures and Conferences
2013 Mesa de Som: round table on design and music. Encontro Nacional de Estudantes de Design. University of Porto, April 2013.
2013 The Revenge of Kitsch. Encontro Nacional de Estudantes de Design. University of Porto, April 2013.
2013 No Man is an Island! Personal Views (International Design Lecture Series curated by Andrew Howard). ESAD, Matosinhos, January 2013.
2013 Paradigmas socio-culturais emergentes: a perplexidade dos novos media. Forum Fulbright Portugal, Centro de Informação Urbana de Lisboa. Lisbon, January 2013.
2012 Pop Goes Bang: a glance at the ideological implications of listening to pop music in 2012. Richmond University, London, December 2012.
2012 Encontro de Manobristas. Coordination and moderation for Manobras no Porto round tables and plenaries. Porto, November 2012.
2012 Detours IV. Round table at Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture, November 2012.
2012 Between Riot and Rave: five years into a digital media festival. In futureplaces 2012 research symposium. UP Science and Technology Park, Creative Industries Incubator, Porto, October 2012.
2012 Disinformation design: subvertising your way to work. in V Cycle of Debates on Occupational Safety and Health Research in Portugal: Now and in the next future. FADEUP, Porto, October 2012.
2012 Re:Manobras. Moderation of four roundtables on documentary film, sound and photography. Rancho Douro Litoral, Porto, October 2012.
2012 The Filter Fails and it’s Ideological. Keynote at Opensound, Goethe Institut Lisbon, July 2012.
2012 Engage, Filter, Expand, Publish: notes on art, science and open publishing. In EngagePress launch, Laboratório de Criação Digital, Universidade do Minho/Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture, July 2012.
2012 A pedra e o microfone: apontamentos de humildade, estratégia e protagonismo. In Explorando Redes 2: Ciência na Interface com o Público. Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, May 2012.
2012 Investigação em Design: Cirurgia do Caos e Devolução Narrativa. In I Colóquio Multidisciplinar de Artes, Humanidades e Ciências Sociais: Desigualdades, Culturas Urbanas e Inclusão. University of Porto: School of Humanities, April 2012.
2012 Arquivar Cidades: Documento, Ciência, Autoria. Round table with James Elkins. In Centro para os Assuntos da Arte e Arquitectura/Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture. Guimarães, February 2012.
2011 An Attempt to Listen to It All: extreme digital compression as a mechanism for the obsolescence of “personal taste” in popular music. In Austrian Association for American Studies Conference 2011. Salzburg: Schloss Leopoldskron, October 2011.
2011 Citizen Labs. Porto: FuturePlaces, October 2011.
2011 Grey Area Music Distribution. Lecture and panel discussion at Syracuse University, London campus, October 2011.
2011 Drafts of Discreet Revolutions. In Futur En Seine. Paris: Le Cent-Quatre, June 2011.
2011 Chair: The Endless End, the 9th European Academy of Design Conference. Porto: University of Porto, May 2011.
2011 Neither Moguls nor Pirates: Grey Area Music Distribution.
In South By South West Interactive 2011. Austin: SXSW, March 2011.
2011 Chairing of the Portuguese delegation to the First Annual Technology Summit at South By South West. Austin: SXSW, March 2011.
2010 Unraveling a map of possibilities: towards the establishment of an academic tradition of Research in the Arts. In Workshop on Arts Research. Faro: University of Algarve.
2010 Neither Moguls nor Pirates: Grey Area Music Distribution. In Codebits. Lisbon: Sapo Codebits, November 2010.
2010 Between kick-ass remixes and a vague sense of belonging: the artist dies again.
In Olhares de Outono international conference. Porto: Universidade Católica Portuguesa, November 2010.
2010 Chairing of Professor Christopher Frayling keynote address, Ciência 2010 Research Labs Symposium. Lisbon: Lisbon Conference Center, Portugal.
2010 Art as Research: parallel universes, the stigma of originality and the rebirth of consequence. GEAR-Up: What and How in Practice Based Research. Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal.
2010 We are all Nomads. Keynote address at Constructions, Deviations, Visualizations: international conference. University of Porto.
2010 The search for authenticity. Forum on Interactive Technologies and Services for Digital Media. Carnegie Mellon University / Universidade da Madeira. Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisbon, Portugal.
2010 Science and Art. Diálogos com a Ciência, University of Porto.
2009 The Work of Art in the Era of Hyper-Objects. Conference session with Bragança de Miranda and Paolo Rosa. Artes, Ideias, Academia: Clube Português de Artes e Ideias, Lisbon, Portugal.
2009 Can Design Turn a Bankrupt Shopping Mall into a Music Factory? (with Anselmo Canha, MA). 40IADE40 conference, IADE, Lisbon, Portugal.
2009 Knowledge is a Nomad. Keynote address at Stories of Art and Science. International conference, University of Porto.
2009 Music as Research: the case of C.C.Stop (with Anselmo Canha, MA). Ciência 2009 Research Labs symposium, Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisbon, Portugal.
2009 Non-Places as New Monuments: urban regeneration through symbolic representation. Centro Português de Fotografia, Porto, Portugal.
2009 Strategies towards the Enhancement of the Symbolic Value of Portuguese Artifacts (with Vasco Branco, Ph.D). Eighth European Academy of Design conference, Aberdeen, Scotland.
2009 Science, Innovation and Knowledge. Lecture and round table on cycle Triangles of Knowledge, with Mariano Gago, Luís Filipe Sousa Barreto, Luís Portela. Câmara Municipal do Porto, Portugal.
2008 The Role of Participatory Media in the Development of Local Communities and Identities. Ciência 2008 Research Labs symposium, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon.
2008 Public space and creative participation. AdA European Performance festival and symposium, University of Porto.
2008 Virtual Scandal and Sacrilege: Who´s GrieFing Now? Panel Chair, South By Southwest Interactive. Austin TX, U.S.A.
2007 Future Listening. Sabanci University, Istanbul.
2007 The Rise of “Fair Vandalism”. Detours, Transforma, Torres Vedras
2007 Cool Consumerism. American Studies conference, Universidade de Lisboa
2007 World Graphics Day. Universidade do Porto / Universidade de Aveiro
2006 Plus Minus: a case study of unofficial public communication. Public Art conference, Universidade do Porto
2006 The Reversible Murder of Reality. Second Cultural Criminology Conference, University of Kent
2005 Personal Views (International Design Lecture Series curated by Andrew Howard). ESAD, Matosinhos
2005 Unofficial Urban Communication in Portugal. School of Fine Arts, Univ. de Pais Vasco, Bilbao
2004 A Draft Encyclopedia of Fabricated Transgression. University of Bacer Sehir, Istanbul.
December 2012. Touch30. Live at beaconsfield, London. UK.
October + November 2012. Shibuya Kraut. DJ sets for Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal. With Anselmo Canha and Philip Marshall.
June 2012. Stopestra 4. Optimus Primavera Sound, Porto, Portugal.
December 2011. Call to Prayer. Natal dos Experimentais. Passos Manuel, Porto, Portugal.
October 2011. Stopestra 3. Manobras no Porto, Praça Gomes Teixeira, Porto, Portugal.
July 2011. Abajo Izquierdo. Galeria Material, Madrid, Spain.
June 2011. It’s Raining Families. Curatorship for NGO Visible. Espacio Cruz Roja, Madrid, Spain.
February 2011. Shibuya Monkei. Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal.
December 2010. Calling Madonna. Natal dos Experimentais. Passos Manuel, Porto, Portugal.
March 2010. future places re-imagined. Pavilhão do Conhecimento, Lisbon, Portugal.
March 2010. Endless Ends: future places re-sampled. South By South West Interactive/Austin Museum of Digital Art. Austin, Texas.
February 2010. Man-virus: trans-disciplinary bridges. Event series coordination at Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal.
December 2009. Zombie Karaoke. Natal dos Experimentais. Passos Manuel, Porto, Portugal.
September 2009. Inauguration of KREV Consulate. Teatro Maria Matos, Lisbon, Portugal.
July 2009. The Paper Into Sound Orchestra. Closing concert of the International Conference on Technology Policy and Innovation. Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal.
October 2008. Future Places Impromptu All-Stars Orchestra. Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal.
April 2008. Autodigest. Casa da Música, Porto, Portugal.
December 2007. Don´t Tell Len. Porto, Portugal.
October 2007. Touch25. London, UK.
October 2007. Awarehouse of Why. Teatro Aveirense, Aveiro, Portugal.
May 2007. The Esemplasm. Maus Hábitos, Porto, Portugal.
November 2004. Autodigest. Atlantic Waves. Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, U.K.