Time Machine 2018: João Beira, Creating Art From Data

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João Beira walks the line between the physical and the digital. He projected his art installation Trinity directly over Boom Festival 2014’s trees and hills, enveloping attendees in a lush, augmented reality. His performance piece Gravity II used interactive LED panels and a depth sensor to track and illuminate a dancer as she moved across the stage, causing her feet and arms to leave vibrant digital prints.

If designing these habitable digital spaces wasn’t enough, Beira also works as the art director for Boom Festival, which exhibits a variety of visual art pieces. These kinds of immersive and augmented experiences define much of his art, but they’re only possible through intense research.

Beira is largely interested in the intersection between art and data. He works as the Creative Director of Datagrama, an international collective of artist-coders. The group uses custom-made generative software to create wildly intricate displays of light which bend and transform reality.

Beira in particular emphasizes 3D video mapping in his performances to create expansive set pieces such as Omnimotion, a public interactive installation at Republic Square Park during SXSW 2015. The piece blended the green foliage of trees with a bright, moving face that followed audience movements. This inventive blending of natural and computerized landscapes is possible because of his research as a both a creative and as a scholar.

Combine Beira’s artistic spark with his passion for scientific inquiry, and his projects’ emphasis on the junction between the physical and the digital makes more sense. These crossings paint a more complete portrait of the artist: someone who is constantly on the edge of the new. Intersectionality of ideas like these is what we need to unpack the future of AI in art, data programming, and everything in between.

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