Sofia Oliveira
Since 2003
Works in Lisbon Portugal

CADA is a Lisbon-based platform for artistic work inspired by technological structures. Active since 2004, it has produced numerous innovative media projects and run successive workshops. They are obsessed with the possibility of unveiling hidden patterns in everyday life.
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Data Visualization & Processing Workshop, by Karsten Schmidt (toxi)

Mon Apr 20, 2009 00:00 - Thu Apr 09, 2009


Data is everywhere around us.

Through the ongoing technological developments and digitalization, ever more aspects of our lives become subject to scrutinizing and so become measurable. The rapidly increasing amount of data being published online constitutes great political, cultural, artistic and design challenges to society and individuals alike. This trend is accelerated by the increased introduction of ubiquitous computing systems into various aspects of our everyday.

Data visualization of large datasets still is a relative young field of design, but it also is a very necessary one. In this world of absolute data abundance we need new means to manage, combine, analyse & view these. We need to explore new visual languages and other forms of expression to help us cope, find patterns and gain new insights or even just retain an overview of various topics.

Over the three days of this workshop we will explore the nature of data as much as various techniques to visualize it. We will focus on working with Processing, but also make use of other opensource tools & languages better suited for other parts of the visualization creation process. Since the workshop only lasts for 3 days, you’re expected to have a good understanding of at least the basic Processing concepts & programming constructs. That way we can focus better on the actual topic at hand.

About Karsten Schmidt
Karsten Schmidt (aka toxi) is a software developer, designer and artist with particular interest in computational design. For the past 15 years he’s been laterally involved in a wide range of digital disciplines. With his studio PostSpectacular, he is actively exploring possibilities at the intersection of design, art and software development. Collaborating cross-disciplinary with other creative minds, Karsten’s design approach is based on treating ideas as software at the heart, which in turn informs all other facets of each project. When not creating, he travels the world consulting companies and developer & designer communities about open source and employing collaborative tools. Karsten has been a key contributor to the project and to various books about programming and graphic design, and his work has been featured in the press and exhibited internationally, including the MoMA, New York.

Dates and Place:
20,21,22 April (10-18h), Lisbon, Portugal
At Clube Português de Artes e Ideias, Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, 29, 2º (Chiado).

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iPhone Insider Workshop

Thu Feb 26, 2009 00:00 - Wed Feb 11, 2009


iPhone Insider Workshop
Development for the iPhone
James Eberhardt (CA)
26, 27, 28 February 09, Lisbon, Portugal

The mobile phone has reached a level of adoption that far exceeds that of the personal computer. As a result, it is an emerging platform for applications that have the potential to change the way we live and communicate. The iPhone, since its launch, last July has had an incredible adoption curve and is reshaping people’s relationship with their mobile phones and forcing competitors to define themselves against the iPhone. So what is it all about?

This workshop aims to get inside the iPhone and understand its advantages (and disadvantages) and how to create software for it.

The focus of this workshop will be split between theory and practical. Attendees will be divided into groups to work on small tutorials to create applications for their iPhone.

Who this workshop is for:
Designers, developers and anybody else who would like to explore using the iPhone in their creative projects. No programming experience is required, but it would be an asset.

About James Eberhardt
James is co-founder of Echo Mobile and a Technical Director with over 13 years of experience of leading convergent media projects, and works with production companies to deliver content and stories to audiences through any available screen - particularly the ubiquitous screens of mobile devices. In 2009 James will be conducting workshops on iPhone development in Toronto, Amsterdam, Lisbon, Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

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TODAY - Mobile Application

Tue Jul 01, 2008 00:00 - Tue Jul 01, 2008

Hi all,

Just to let you know about our latest project - TODAY, Mobile Application.

TODAY is a piece of generative design for mobile phones.

It’s an application that visualizes personal mobile communication. It sits on the periphery of the machine, monitoring our connectivity through the number and type of calls we receive, subtly displaying them back to us, in the form of a generative graphic. Here, the visual result is a figurative and seemingly abstract picture - the story of your day. Some days will be really colourful and wired, others quieter and more reflective, either way the resulting visuals will always be personal, unrepeatable and unique.

What lies at TODAY’s core was the idea of using personal data as the basis for an aesthetic system, while providing individuals with a visual diary of their communication patterns.

It’s an intimate piece that ‘lives’ in your pocket.

It's freely distributed for Symbian phones at

A Project by CADA -
Idea and Design: Sofia Oliveira/Jared Hawkey
Symbian Programming: Heitor Ferreira
Site Developer: Damian Stewart

Second phase of development funded by: DGArtes, Ministério Cultura, Portugal


UM - International Festival for Experimental and Mixed Media

Thu Jun 19, 2008 00:00 - Tue Jun 17, 2008


UM is one of Portugal’s first mixed media arts festivals.

UM brings together international and national artists and practitioners interested in creating media works, which mix disciplinary techniques and different forms of technologies, to create interactive, playful and participatory media works. The 2008 programme focus is on gesture and movement.

UM will take place across central Lisbon - Bairro Alto, Chiado and Santos - in new spaces, artist lead independent venues, cultural meeting places and outside in public squares and on the street.

Um includes one exhibition, concerts and performances, worskhops, seminars.


Exhibition: 19 June - 3 July
Conscious Space, Sonia Cillari, NL
Tape Loop, André Gonçalves, PT
Crackle Canvas, Tom Verbruggen, NL
Patchery, Laetitia Morais, PT
Come and See the View, Kathy Hinde, UK
Delicate Boundaries, Chris Sugrue, US

Concerts and Performances - 20 - 21 June
Andy Moor, NL
A Cable Plays, Chris Surgue, US and Damian Stewart, NZ/PT
N.I.P. collective, UK/NL/PT
Goodiepal, FO/UK
Rudolfo Quintas, PT
Turntable Reconstructions, DJ Sniff, US/NL
TokTek, NL

Seminars - 20 - 21 June

Panel 1: Gesture and Movement Based Interfaces
Ivan Franco, Creative Director of Y-Dreams and artist, PT
Frank Baldé, STEIM, designer, NL
Adriana Sa, artist and musician, PT
Chair: Takuro Lippit, musician and Artistic Advisor/STEIM, NL

Panel 2: Landscape, Enviroment and Movement
Pedro Appleton, PT - architect, Promontorio Architecture
Gonçalo Velho, PT - researcher and anthropologist, Instituto Politécnico de Tomar & The Oporto Faculty of Arts
John Klima, US/PT - artist and game designer (tbc)
Chair: Rui Trindade, CADA, PT

Panel 3: People, Place and Distributed Communities
Teresa Dillon, IRE/UK - artist-researcher-director, Polar Produce/N.I.P./UM
Luis Silva, PT - curator, Upgrade! Lisboa and Rhizome
Takuro Lippit, NL - musician and Artistic Advisor, STEIM
Paulo Raposo, PT - musician and director of Sirr records
Chair: Luísa Ribas, FBAUL, PT

Panel 4: Extended Bodies within Mixed Reality Spaces and Places
Paul Sermon, UK
Sonia Cillari, NL

‘Wearin’ it - DIY wearable workshop’, André Gonçalves, PT
‘Wii Undressed’, Frank Balde/STEIM, NL
Build your own electronic noise machine, Tom Bugs, UK
‘Mort Aux Vaches Ekstra Extra’, Goodiepal, (FO/UK)

Initiation/Direction:Polar Produce
Co-Production: CADA ( + NIP (
Funders:DGARtes, MInistério Cultura, PRS Foundation


Arduino Workshop - Let's Get Physical

CADA - Atmosferas Digital Arts Center is organizing "Let's Get Physical - P=
hysical Computing with Arduino", Lisbon, 3-6- May, Massimo Banzi.

About Arduino (
Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple i/o=
board and a development environment that implements the Processing languag=
e. Arduino can be used to develop stand-alone interactive objects or can be=
connected to software on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, Max/MSP). =
The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open-sou=
rce IDE can be downloaded for free.

The Arduino Project was developed out of an educational environment and is =
therefore great for newcomers to get things working quickly.

About the Workshop
The Arduino philosophy is based on making design rather then talking about =
it. It is a constant search for faster and more accurate ways to build bett=
er prototypes. We have explored many prototyping techniques and developed w=
ays of thinking with our hands.

This workshop has a strong practical component. At the end of the workshop =
participants will devellop a mini-project.

About Massimo Banzi (It)
Massimo Banzi is the co-founder of Arduino. Currently teaches Physical Inte=
raction Design at the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. Has worked on int=
eractive design projects for clients like Prada, Artemide and Adidas. He is=
the co-founder of the Interaction Design Lab (
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