I am a digital media researcher and practitioner who is very interested in emerging technologies, in ways to appropriate/subvert their functional uses and in figuring out what the ways we relate to them might tell us about ourselves.
I was born and raised in the mountains of Minas Gerais in Brazil. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication/Advertising in 2003 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC Minas), where my interest in media technologies research started. As a degree requirement, I wrote a thesis with Maria Teresa Tavares that explored the poetics of interactivity in net art projects in the 1990's and early 2000's. Right after graduation, I went to work at PUC Minas as a distance education tutor, and later on I started as a instructor of record in distance education communication programs. A couple of years after getting my BA, I started a MPhil program in Communication and Contemporary Sociability at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. In 2007, I defended a thesis that investigated the relationship between the materiality of code, the graphic interface and the concept of aesthetic experience in software art projects. After getting my degree, I took on the role of Director of the Strategic Communication Distance Education program, and started at a new position at the State Government of Minas Gerais to assist in the implementation of online education programs at the State Universities. This position led to a following role, as the Director of Public Policy for Higher Education at the State Secretariat of Science and Technology (2009-2010), before moving to the US to pursue a PhD in Communication, Rhetoric and Digital Media at North Carolina State University. My PhD dissertation investigated how the emergence of the Internet of Things and the embeddedness of sensors and networked connectivity onto things, physical spaces and biological bodies rearticulates embodied spaces, devises practices of self-making and forms of power in the governance of the self and society.
My research interests revolve around issues of digital media, specifically subversive appropriations of technologies by media artists and activists. From my undergraduate experimentations with net art, my thesis research on interface design, software art and aesthetic experiences and the more recents doctorate experiments with physical computing, my research methods have often implicated in critical making. I strongly believe that innovative research and teaching must mobilize sensorial, speculative, intellectual and tacit inquiry.