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João Martinho Moura
SCI-FI MINERS, the miners of the future, the artistic exploration of how, with the help of scientific advances in nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, critical catalyst materials will be replaced by their synthetic equivalent, with Earth-abundant materials.
João Martinho Moura

Researcher and media artist born in Portugal. His interests lie in digital art, intelligent interfaces, digital music and computational aesthetics. João Martinho Moura has a special interest in real-time visualization, art & science, computer music and digital interactive artifacts. For the past decade, he has been adopting new ways to represent the body in digital media, creating interactive audiovisual artifacts, mostly represented by monochromatic visual abstractions and minimalist lines.

João Martinho Moura has presented his work and research in a variety of conferences related to the arts and technology. He has collaborated with the development of projects related to scientific data visualization for ESA (European Space Agency) space missions. From 2015 to 2017 he was an active member, as media artist consultant and contributor, for the application of the city of Braga to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network – Braga Media Arts. The title of ‘UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts’ was attributed to the city of Braga on the 31st of October 2017.

João Martinho Moura has a degree in Technology and Information Systems from the University of Minho (2006), and a master’s degree in Technology and Digital Arts from the same Institution (2012) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Science and Technology of the Arts at the School of Arts of Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

Sci-fi miners

The artist intends to work with the data generated with the study of the main parameters such as size, shape, surface structure and chemical composition of the nanoparticle catalysts. He intends for his artwork to turn this concepts (very complex structure-properties; state-of- the-art electronic structure level computational methods; large amounts of quantum chemistry calculations) accessible to the general public, through interactions, immersive experiences and gameplay, with an audiovisual interactive installation, where the user can interact with the artistic representation of those nanoparticles and their catalytic activity. The artwork will present visual and audio real-time algorithms, spatialized elements around the participant, generated by the physical relation and the collection of data parameters from the large dataset of the project, intending to let the public know how important this research is for humankind and for the sustainability of our planet.

The artwork will be presented in two different schemes: participatory and performative. In both cases vision, audio and interaction will play the main role. When in participatory form, suitable for exhibition spaces, participants will interact with the artwork through gestures, observation, and audition, with immersive and virtual reality technologies. When in performative version, the author will present the same artwork with a real-time narrative in mind. The performance version will be suitable for theatres, venues or auditoriums.

CritCat

The platinum group metals (PGMs) are noble and precious elements, which include platinum, palladium, ruthenium, iridium, osmium, and rhodium, all of them important in modern manufacturing and in ICT industry in particular, including the growing concerns about energy consumption by computer systems. The availability of PGMs is considered highly critical for the EU, since PGMs are clearly in the high-risk supply regions, such as China and Russia. CritCat is a theory-driven project, which aims at developing new catalyst nanoparticles from Earth-abundant materials for hydrogen-based clean energy applications. CritCat's interdisciplinary process combines theoretical and experimental activities and highlights the importance of computational modelling in materials discovery. By incorporating the latest materials science know-how with computational simulations based on the laws of quantum mechanics, machine learning algorithms, as well as artificial neural network, the team aims at developing a modelling platform, which enables efficient prediction of potential catalysts.

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Sci-fi miners
João Martinho Moura
SCI-FI MINERS, the miners of the future, the artistic exploration of how, with the help of scientific advances in nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, critical catalyst materials will be replaced by their synthetic equivalent, with Earth-abundant materials.
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The artwork

The artist intends to work with the data generated with the study of the main parameters such as size, shape, surface structure and chemical composition of the nanoparticle catalysts. He intends for his artwork to turn this concepts (very complex structure-properties; state-of- the-art electronic structure level computational methods; large amounts of quantum chemistry calculations) accessible to the general public, through interactions, immersive experiences and gameplay, with an audiovisual interactive installation, where the user can interact with the artistic representation of those nanoparticles and their catalytic activity. The artwork will present visual and audio real-time algorithms, spatialized elements around the participant, generated by the physical relation and the collection of data parameters from the large dataset of the project, intending to let the public know how important this research is for humankind and for the sustainability of our planet.

The artwork will be presented in two different schemes: participatory and performative. In both cases vision, audio and interaction will play the main role. When in participatory form, suitable for exhibition spaces, participants will interact with the artwork through gestures, observation, and audition, with immersive and virtual reality technologies. When in performative version, the author will present the same artwork with a real-time narrative in mind. The performance version will be suitable for theatres, venues or auditoriums.

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About the artist
João Martinho Moura

Researcher and media artist born in Portugal. His interests lie in digital art, intelligent interfaces, digital music and computational aesthetics. João Martinho Moura has a special interest in real-time visualization, art & science, computer music and digital interactive artifacts. For the past decade, he has been adopting new ways to represent the body in digital media, creating interactive audiovisual artifacts, mostly represented by monochromatic visual abstractions and minimalist lines.

João Martinho Moura has presented his work and research in a variety of conferences related to the arts and technology. He has collaborated with the development of projects related to scientific data visualization for ESA (European Space Agency) space missions. From 2015 to 2017 he was an active member, as media artist consultant and contributor, for the application of the city of Braga to the UNESCO Creative Cities Network – Braga Media Arts. The title of ‘UNESCO Creative City of Media Arts’ was attributed to the city of Braga on the 31st of October 2017.

João Martinho Moura has a degree in Technology and Information Systems from the University of Minho (2006), and a master’s degree in Technology and Digital Arts from the same Institution (2012) and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Science and Technology of the Arts at the School of Arts of Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

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Sci-fi miners

SCI-FI MINERS, the miners of the future, the artistic exploration of how, with the help of scientific advances in nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, critical catalyst materials will be replaced by their synthetic equivalent, with Earth-abundant materials.

About the residency

The platinum group metals (PGMs) are noble and precious elements, which include platinum, palladium, ruthenium, iridium, osmium, and rhodium, all of them important in modern manufacturing and in ICT industry in particular, including the growing concerns about energy consumption by computer systems. The availability of PGMs is considered highly critical for the EU, since PGMs are clearly in the high-risk supply regions, such as China and Russia. CritCat is a theory-driven project, which aims at developing new catalyst nanoparticles from Earth-abundant materials for hydrogen-based clean energy applications. CritCat's interdisciplinary process combines theoretical and experimental activities and highlights the importance of computational modelling in materials discovery. By incorporating the latest materials science know-how with computational simulations based on the laws of quantum mechanics, machine learning algorithms, as well as artificial neural network, the team aims at developing a modelling platform, which enables efficient prediction of potential catalysts.