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Francisco Salgado

Portugal

Francisco Salgado, 21, is a student living in Lisbon who always had a passion for IT and programmming. Growing up in Leiria, he was a member of Domingos Sequeira Secondary School's Robotics Team, achieving success in Robotics competitions, which further deepened his interest in Automation and Control Systems. Francisco is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Electrical and Computers Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico and works as a Monitor in the LTI-DEQB computer lab. As a board member of NEECIST, he has lectured workshops on Arduino, electronics, Java and Android programming and has also organized events targeted to Electrical Engineering students.

24,25,26,27 Sep

Tweeting Antennas

Exhibition

On the Shores - Cais do Sodré
24, 25 e 26 de Setembro: 10h – 22h
27 de Setembro: 10h – 18h

Terminal Fluvial do Cais do Sodré
Free

Tweeting Antennas is a site-specific installation that explores the relationship between new and old media in today’s hybrid public spaces. It proposes to render visible the digital communication processes that are usually invisible. In particular, it translates geo-localized tweets into the real-time movement of a roof TV antenna. For each alphabetic character the antenna moves into the corresponding position of the Flag Semaphore System. The project is the outcome of a research on the relationships between people and technology in the urban space. In today’s cities, new media and digital technologies are used mostly for surveillance, control and advertising purposes. However, we are not usually aware of technological ubiquity in the city and how it conditions our experience of urban space. Eventually, by becoming more organized and optimized for better performance, cities are at risk of minimizing the human factor and the room for spontaneous and random events. The aim of this project is to explore the possibilities of digital technologies in order to create urban interventions that can render the city a more playful, unexpected and heterogeneous place. By appropriating dead media, Tweeting Antennas proposes a play of contrasts from visible to invisible communication processes, from high to low tech, from contemporary to dead or forgotten media and from virtual to physical environments. The first version of the project was developed within the Master's course in Communication Design and New Media at the Faculty of Fine Arts - University of Lisbon.

In the context of PLUNC exhibition the installation will be placed in two sites. The antennas will be placed in Casa da Cerca in the terrace facing the river and Cais do Sodré terminal. A spectator has go to Casa da Cerca to physically see the antennas working. In Cais do Sodré terminal there will be binoculars where spectators can remotely see the antennas working in the other side of the river, after sending a tweet, addressing the concept of surveillance and message codification.

24,25,26,27 Sep

Tweeting Antennas

Exhibition

On the Shores - Casa da Cerca
24,25,26,27 Set
24 e 25 de Setembro: 10h - 18h
26 de Setembro: 13h – 24h
27 de Setembro: 13h – 18h

Casa da Cerca - Centro de Arte Contemporânea
Free

Tweeting Antennas is a site-specific installation that explores the relationship between new and old media in today’s hybrid public spaces. It proposes to render visible the digital communication processes that are usually invisible. In particular, it translates geo-localized tweets into the real-time movement of a roof TV antenna. For each alphabetic character the antenna moves into the corresponding position of the Flag Semaphore System. The project is the outcome of a research on the relationships between people and technology in the urban space. In today’s cities, new media and digital technologies are used mostly for surveillance, control and advertising purposes. However, we are not usually aware of technological ubiquity in the city and how it conditions our experience of urban space. Eventually, by becoming more organized and optimized for better performance, cities are at risk of minimizing the human factor and the room for spontaneous and random events. The aim of this project is to explore the possibilities of digital technologies in order to create urban interventions that can render the city a more playful, unexpected and heterogeneous place. By appropriating dead media, Tweeting Antennas proposes a play of contrasts from visible to invisible communication processes, from high to low tech, from contemporary to dead or forgotten media and from virtual to physical environments. The first version of the project was developed within the Master's course in Communication Design and New Media at the Faculty of Fine Arts - University of Lisbon.

In the context of PLUNC exhibition the installation will be placed in two sites. The antennas will be placed in Casa da Cerca in the terrace facing the river and Cais do Sodré terminal. A spectator has go to Casa da Cerca to physically see the antennas working. In Cais do Sodré terminal there will be binoculars where spectators can remotely see the antennas working in the other side of the river, after sending a tweet, addressing the concept of surveillance and message codification.