Adriana Amaral (RS)
Adriana Amaral has a Media Studies doctorate from PUCRS and did a Sociology of Communication doctoral program internship at Boston College, USA. She is currently a lecturer and researcher with the Postgraduate Program in Communication Sciences at UNISINOS. She holds a grant from Brazil’s leading research support agency, the CNPq (Research Productivity grant – level 2). She is on the scientific council of the Brazilian Cyberculture Researchers Association (ABCiber) and a member of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). Reviewer for various local and international journals and funding agencies.
Clarissa Diniz (PE)
(Recife, 1985. Currently living in Rio de Janeiro). Art critic. Graduated in Art Education / Fine Arts at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE). Editor of Tatuí art review. Publications: Crachá – aspectos da legitimação artística [ID-badge – aspects of artistic legitimation] (Recife: Massangana, 2008); Gilberto Freyre (Rio de Janeiro, Coleção Pensamento Crítico, Funarte, 2010), co-author Hector Gleyce; and Montez Magno (Recife: Grupo Paés, 2010), co-authors Paulo Herkenhoff and Luiz Carlos Monteiro. Highlighted curatorial designs: Refrações – arte ontemporânea em Alagoas [Refractions – contemporary art in Alagoas], with Bitu Cassundé, at Pinacoteca da UFAL, 2010, and contido nãocontido [non-contained content] with Maria do Carmo Nino and education dept at Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães (Mamam), Recife-PE, 2010. Formerly assistant curator of the Rumos Artes Visuais visual arts program 2008/2009 at Instituto Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, and member of the critics group at Centro Cultural São Paulo (CCSP)
Eduardo Jesus (MG)
Eduardo de Jesus graduated in Social Communication from PUC Minas, and took a master’s in
Communication at UFMG and doctorate at ECA / USP. Professor with the School of Communication and Arts, PUC Minas. Council member of Associação Cultural Videobrasil. Recently acted as curator for “Dense Local” with Gunalan Nadarajan in the context of Transitio MX (2009, Mexico City) and “Esses espaços” at Oi Futuro (2010, Belo Horizonte).
Priscila Farias (SP)
Priscila Farias is a graphic designer, researcher and professor in the field of design. She has a doctorate in Communication and Semiotics from PUC-SP, and is a professor at FAUUSP, where she coordinates the Visual Design Research Laboratory, and at Centro Universitário Senac-SP. She is editor of the academic journal InfoDesign, organizer of the books Fontes Digitais Brasileiras (Rosari) and Advanced Issues in Cognitive Science and Semiotics (Shaker Verlag), and author of Tipografia Digital (2AB) and several articles on typography, design and semiotics. Her digital typography fonts are distributed by T-26.
Marcos Boffa (SP)
Marcos Boffa is one of the most active music organizers in South America and a representative for contemporary Brazilian music. He studied Cultural Politics in Paris/France at Formation International Culture 1995/96. In 1999 he became the artistic director of the Eletronika Festival in Belo Horizonte, one of today’s most important meeting places for electronic music in Brazil. In 2004 he moved to São Paulo to work as talent acquisition of festivals such as Sonar Sound São Paulo (2004), Nokia Trends (2005), Motomix (2006), Planeta Terra Festival. From 2006 to 2010 he was one of the directors of Artemov – International Mobile and Media Art Festival. He was a member of the jury of Transmediale (2006), and took part of discussion panels in Mutek (2005), Club Transmediale (2007) and SxSW (2008). Also, he has been involved with different music projects in collaboration with international cultural institutions (Goethe Institut, Bureaux Export de La Musique Française and British Council).
Recently, he has been invited to take part of the jury of Prix Ars Electronica in the category “Digital musics an sound art” and to participate as international delegate at Great Escape Festival in Brighton/UK (May 11th till 14th).
Cícero Silva (SP)
Cicero Silva is researcher of new media art and coordinates the Software Studies Group in Brazil. Currently he is on the Faculty of the Art and Graduate studies in Communication departments at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (UFJF). He was visiting scholar at Brown University (2005) and at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is author of The Explorers: Open Source and Free Software in Brazil book (with Jane de Almeida, MIT Press). Cicero was Digital Art curator for the Brazilian Forum of Digital Culture, Digital Communities honorary mention at the Prix Ars Electronica in 2010.
Tiago Mesquita (SP)
Tiago Mesquita (1978) graduated in Social Sciences and earned a master’s degree in Philosophy from the School of Philosophy and Humanities at Universidade de São Paulo (FFLCH – USP). He has been an art critic since the 1990s and has collaborated with Folha de S. Paulo, Novos Estudos CEBRAP, Revista +soma, Revista reportagem, Jornal o Público, and other publications. In addition to art criticism, he runs the Guaciara blog and writes songs. He has composed with Rômulo Fróes, Maurício Takara, and Rob Mazurek. He teaches History of Art for the Architecture course at FAAM, is active as a criticm and occasionally as a curator too.
Ivana Bentes (RJ)
Ivana Bentes teaches and researches cinema, new media, culture and communication at the School of Communication, UFRJ. Professor for the postgraduate program in Communication at UFRJ, CNPq researcher, coordinator of the Media Art and Aesthetics of Communication project,and coordinator of the Digital Culture Hotspot at the School of Communication , UFRJ and Live Culture Laboratory. She has authored the books: Cartas ao Mundo Glauber Rocha (edition and introduction), published by Companhia das Letras. 1997), Joaquim Pedro de Andrade: a Revolução intimista (published by Relume Dumará), Corpos Virtuais: Arte e Tecnologia (org. Telemar / Oi Futuro. 2005), Ecos do Cinema: de Lumiere ao Digital (published by UFRJ, 2007) and Avatar: O Futuro do Cinema e a Ecologia das Imagens Digitais (published by Sulina. 2010).She is a frequent guest speaker at events related to communication, visual arts, cinema, TV and new imaging technologies, and a contributor to publications in these fields, and acts as curator for events in the fields of film and the arts.
Claudia Assef (SP)
Claudia Assef is a writer, journalist and DJ. She has worked for Brazil’s leading media vehicles and been Folha de S. Paulo’s Paris correspondent. She has also been editor of the magazines Volume01 and Beatz. Claudia a radio program on Oi FM called Discologia on Thursdays (11 pm). She runs the Virgula portal for Jovem Pan radio and writes a column for the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo She wrote the “Todo DJ já sambou” [Every DJ has danced samba], for publisher Conrad.
Tadeu Chiarelli (SP)
Professor with the Visual Arts Department, School of Communication and Arts (ECA-USP). director of USP’s Museu de Arte Contemporânea .