adriana  sá
trans-disciplinary   music



Adriana is transdisciplinary artist, performer musician/ composer. Her graphical scores choreograph texture, density, vocabulary and sequence variations rather than clock-time or note arrangements. Designing and building the instrumentation is part of her creative process. She considers that music involves vision and physical space, beyond audition.

Between 1998 and 2008 Adriana 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. In 2008 she started a research about audio-visual instrument design and composition, bridging creative practice and perception science. This informed the development of audio-visual 3D software that operates based on pitch detection from a custom zither input.

Adriana has been developing and presenting her work in Europe, USA, Brasil and Japan since 1997. She has consistently developed a number of project-series dedicated to specific creative investigations: ‘Sensations Laboratories’, ‘Interchange Formats’, ‘This Is Just To Do’, ‘Parallax’, ‘Metaparallax’, ‘Portablellax’, ‘Moment In Movement’, ‘Thresholds’, 'Windowmatter', 'Emotional Object' and 'Included Middle'. She alsio worked consistently with 'Timespine', the music trio with Tó Trips and her husband John Klima. In these and other contexts, she has collaborated with hundreds of artists.

Adriana's work has been presented worldwide, in venues such as Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Culturgest, Serralves, Teatro Maria Matos, Teatro Rivoli 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, a chapel, and a cave with water (Portugal), as well as in 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), Version Beta (Switzerland), Festival Novas Frequências (Brasil).

Adriana was awarded many 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 creative 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) 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. In 2011- 16 she was 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 with ICLI 2012, Leonardo Almanac, Leonardo Transactions, XCoAX 2014 and 2017, NIME 2014, and Journal Of Science And Technology Of The Arts. She is currently a professor at Coimbra University, in the departments of Computing and Arquitecture; at the Upper School for Arts and Design/ Polytechnic Institute Leiria, in the Department of Graphic and Multimedia Design; and at Lusófona University, in a post-graduation course in Sound Production and Technology.