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21st Century Brazilian Computer (Experimental) Art

21st Century Brazilian Computer (Experimental) Art

Malu Fragoso and Tania Fraga / Brazil
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, IMA-SP
Paper
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This paper refers to the development of (Experimental) Computer Art in Brazil, during the period 2004-16, from a frame view of artists researchers involved with the commitment of producing Computer Art exhibits, mainly the annual series of exhibitions EmMeio – Art and Technology. These exhibitions address the organization and strengthening of different Computer Art groups around the country. We highlight the role of the Art Institute at University of Brasilia, pioneer in this research area, promoting spaces for discussions, courses, theoretical- practical methodologies and exhibitions. The art modalities shown use innovative devices, concepts, modes of manufacturing, organizing data and information deeply inter-mediated by computational technologies while integrated with Computer Science, Robotics, Neuroscience, Ecology, Mathematics and Physics, among others. It was possible to observe during this period how the diffusion of sensor technology, physical computing, 3D print and neuroart became more intensive on the artworks pointing out to an increasing and more pervasive use of computer technology in Art.