BIOGRAPHY


Adriana Sa is transdisciplinary artist, performer musician/ composer. Designing and building the instrumentation is part of her creative process. For almost two decades, Sá used sensor technologies to explore music connected to light, space, movement, architecture, weather and social context; her architecturally-scaled instruments combined analogue and digital components. Currently, Adriana develops research about audio-visual instrument design and composition. She has been clarifying artistic insights with the aid of cognition/ attention research, and developing 3D audio-visual software that operates based on pitch detection from a custom zither input.

Adriana Sá has been developing and presenting her work around Europe, USA and Japan since 1997. She has consistently developed a number of project-series dedicated to specific artistic investigations: ‘Sensations Laboratories’, ‘Interchange Formats’, ‘This Is Just To Do’, ‘Parallax’, ‘Metaparallax’, ‘Portablellax’, ‘Moment In Movement’, ‘Thresholds’, 'Windowmatter' and 'Emotional Object'. In these and other contexts, she has collaborated with hundreds of artists. Currently she is developing two parallel projects: 'Included Middle', with John Klima, and 'Timespine', with John Klima and To Trips.

Throughout the years, Adriana work has been presented worldwide, in venues like Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Culturgest, Serralves, Teatro Maria Matos or Museu do Chiado in Portugal; Experimental Intermedia Foundation, PS1/ MoMa or Eyebeam in the US; Caixa Forum or Arteleku in Spain; ICA – Institute of Contemporary Arts, The Media Centre Huddersfield or Sonic Arts Research Centre in the UK; and ACAC - Aomori Contemporary Art Center in Japan. She also presented site-specific work in a codfish-drying factory or a chapel, in Portugal, or an active a textile mill in the UK. She performed and exhibited in festivals such as LEM (Spain), Ultrasound (UK), Atlantic Waves (UK), Luzboa Biannual (Portugal), xxxxx (UK), Sonorities (Irland), NIME - New Interfaces for Musical Expression (US) or Version Beta (Switzerland).

Adriana´s artistic work has been made possible through grants, funding supports and commissions, by institutions such as Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (PT), Cultural Ministry (PT), Serralves (PT), Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (JP), Kirkless Media Center Huddersfield (UK), T-U-B-E (GR), European CoDaCo Fund (EU), FLAD- Portuguese-American Foundation (US/PT), Kampnagel (GR) and Instituto Camões (PT).

Adriana's artistic practice fluidly expanded her early education in music (Mendelsohn Hochshule fuer Musik. Leipzig, GDR), visual arts (Atelier Livre, António Arroio School, Fine Arts University, Lisbon, PT) and hypermedia design (Teacher Formation Course in Graphic Design for Hypermedia Systems, CNS, Lisbon). Her practice has been furthered with workshops (e.g. at AA- Architechtural Association (UK) or FEUP – Engineering Faculty/ Porto University (PT)), communications, texts and audio-CDs. She had a positon as assistent professor at ESAD / Polytechnic Institute Leiria (PT), from 2009 to 2011. She is currently a researcher at Goldsmiths University of London, EAVI research group, Department of Arts and Computing (UK), with a grant by FCT-Foundation for Science and Technology. Her scientific articles have been published in ICLI 2012 proceedings, Leonardo Almanac, Leonardo Transactions, XCoAX 2014, NIME 2014.