Call for participation: Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa


Call for participation: Strategic Narratives of Technology and Africa | Papers submission and Creative Works submission, deadline May 1. More information here.

M-ITI is partner in a project about Contemporary Art in Public Spaces

M-ITI contributes to the democratization of the knowledge of Contemporary Art by supporting the “+ PROJECTION AC – Projection of Contemporary Art in Public Space” project, that will be publicly presented today, April 17, at 15:00, in Casa da Luz Museum, located in Funchal, Madeira. 

The Project results of the Digital Art Media PhD research from our guest researcher, Hernando Urrutia, artist and researcher at CIAC - Centre for Research in Art and Communication, and Universidade Aberta/Universidade do Algarve.

In the context of the individual studies in the field of Visual Education, the project promotes and disseminates different approaches to contemporary thought. This leads the public to education and development since the different spaces of socialization for man in the city is a factor of democratic access to knowledge. As such, the goal of the project is to show the projecting in the architectural structure of the most important central areas of cities, teaching of contemporary art through culture "mass" of visual culture, allowing individuals to have a new approach and understanding of different lines of thought. The researchers involved believe it will increase different prospects, and allow the enjoyment of different paradigms that propose to bring people to contemporary art, expand a new way of thinking and individual reflection on the different concepts, moments and bases that our society has regarding the metropolis itself. The project includes a multimedia projection wall, aiming not only to the diffusion of culture, but the actual formation of the masses in public spaces of the city.

This project is also supported by EEM (Empresa de Eletricidade da Madeira, SA / Museum Casa da Luz, DRC (Direção Regional de Cultura) of the Autonomous Region of Madeira and OLHO.TE Associação Artística de Solidariedade Social. It will be implemented and exhibited from April 18 to 28, from 21:00-22:00, in the Casa da Luz Museum of EEM.

M-ITI organizes Interactive Digital Stories Track

The opening of the first edition of the Interactive Digital Stories Track - Madeira Film Festival will take place on April 19 from 17:30 to 18:30 at the Teatro Baltazar Dias, in Funchal. John Fiege (UT-Austin), Arnau Gifreu (University of Girona) and the winner of the Track, Thibault Durand, are some of the documentary experts participating in the event. The Interactive Digital Stories Track is organized by the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (M-ITI), the University of Texas at Austin (Department of Radio-Television-Film) in collaboration with the Madeira Film Festival (MFF). 

In its first edition, the MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track aims to foster an international discussion about nature and sustainability, having accepted interactive documentary submissions themed in connection to these topics. The aim is to celebrate experimentation and the convergence of film, art, and new media technology to promote the emergence of documentary innovation. The track gathered artworks that push the limits of traditional aesthetics and structures of filmmaking. MFF-Interactive Digital Stories Track encourages the participation of documentary makers from all over the world.

Workshop: "The Power of Voice in the Cinema of Social Change" by John Fiege & Anita Grabowski

Within the context of UT Austin and M-ITI partnership, John Fiege, Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and Anita Grabowski are giving the workshop "The Power of Voice in the Cinema of Social Change" on April 19, 10:00-13:00, at Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias. This workshop is part of the Madeira Film Festival and discusses the following topics: Storytelling, production, interactivity, outreach and fundraising.


M-ITI Seminars

Madeira-ITI organises seminars and invited talks in the areas of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.
Liesbeth Huybrechts
10 May, 2017 - 17:00


This talk discusses the challenges of designing for work (the creation of workspaces, design of tools, facilitating mobility etc.) in our cities in 'smart' ways. The term ‘smart’ here is not framed in a narrow discourse that equates smart with technological experiments, but it is rather associated with designers/architects who envision futures for urban development in our cities, via cooperating with or tapping into the initiatives that citizens, policy makers or businesses already set up themselves (Goodspeed, 2015; Brynskov et al, 2014). More than ever, designers/architects need to navigate between many and often invisible local and supra-local ecological, social, technological and economical agendas that are associated with (re)integrating work in the daily life of the city. This invites them to design (digital) frameworks, tools and techniques to explore and align these agendas in participatory ways, while giving form to 'space' for work. This talk will look into some remarkable (historical) examples and own case studies, to discuss how participatory frameworks, tools and techniques support ways of designing for work in future cities.

Short Bio:

Liesbeth Huybrechts (1979, Leuven, Belgium) is Postdoctoral researcher in the areas of Participatory Design, Human-Computer Interaction and spatial transformation processes in the research group Arck, University of Hasselt. She is involved in the Living Lab The Other Market ( ), a space for reflection and action on the future of work. She is also part of the research project Traders dealing with Participatory Design and Art in Public Space (Marie Curie ITN, Together with Thomas Laureyssens she designed the frequently used participatory mapping tool MAP-it ( As a freelancer she is active in exhibitions, workshops and writing. In the past, she taught in the Social Design Masters, Design Academy Eindhoven in the Interaction Design Department (LUCA, KULeuven). She co-founded the research group Social Spaces ( exploring the social qualities of design and art.

Arnau Gifreu-Castells
20 April, 2017 - 10:00


The session will focus on the processes for designing and developing transmedia non-fiction projects. We know well how to create a traditional audiovisual production: there are certain specific phases and we know where to get the financing. But what happens in the case of interactive and transmedia projects? Since the traditional formula varies substantially, now we have to take into account both the narrative part - which must be adapted to the interactive logic or the transmedia universe - and the interactive part – thinking about issues such as interface, user experience and the user's journey. In this practical session, we introduce the model we follow to produce Transmedia Projects (4th course) at ERAM, University of Girona, and then present the strategies, platforms and production of three transmedia non-fiction projects: COME/IN/DOC (2012-2017), Cyborg Project (2015) and Bugarach: How to Survive the Apocalypse (2017).

Short Bio:

Dr. Arnau Gifreu-Castells is a research affiliate at the Open Documentary Lab (MIT) and part of the i-Docs group (University of the West of England). He has published various books and articles in his research area, interactive and transmedia non-fiction, and specifically on interactive documentaries. He is a lecturer at ESCAC (University of Barcelona) and at ERAM (University of Girona). He coordinates interDocsBarcelona and collaborates with the Somos Documentales project from RTVE.ES (Spanish TV).