PhD (Royal College of Art 2003)
MFA (School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1992)
Professor of Design | cultural operator | designer | sound carrier
Member, Academia Europaea.
B. Viseu, Portugal.
Heitor Alvelos 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, and as Director of ID+ (Institute for Research in Design, Media and Culture) on behalf of the University of Porto.
Since 2006 Heitor has been developing R&D within the UTAustin-Portugal Program for Digital Media, where he served as Outreach Director (2010-2014), and where he curates the FuturePlaces Medialab for Citizenship since 2008.
Heitor is currently Chair of the Scientific Board (HSS) at the Foundation for Science and Technology. He is Course Director of the PhD Program in Design of the University of Porto, developed in partnership with the UPTEC Science and Technology Park, having successfully supervised 19 PhDs as of September 2020. He ran the college-wide Drawing Studio of the Royal College of Art from 1999 to 2001, and has lectured in academic contexts in four continents since 2001.
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). “Faith”, his first full-length CD under his own name, is out now on Touch (TO:97).
Multimedia work since 1999 include collaborations and live appearances with Jon Wozencroft, Steven Brown, Fennesz, Biosphere, Russell Mills, Lol Coxhill, Philip Marshall, Anselmo Canha, Jono Podmore, Anabela Duarte, Pangeia, João Pais Filipe, Blaine L. Reininger, Bruce Geduldig, Tuxedomoon, Laura Malacart, Morgan O’Hara, Len Massey, Max Eastley, Rafael Toral and BJNilsen, among others.
Heitor was art director for the editorial outcomes of Manobras no Porto (QREN 2010-2013) and editor of its monograph. He is also a sound performer at the Stopestra music ensemble, and co-owns the random music label 333. His latest project is the weltschmerz icon Antifluffy.
His research interests currently gravitate towards the lexical implications of social media, the ecology of perception, and cultural criminology.