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DigiMedia (Digital Media and Interaction Research Centre) presents the Media Innovation Circle, an opportunity to explore the digital media landscapes.

The Circle consists of a series of scientific moments for discussion on new approaches, practices, methods, and techniques supporting media innovation. It will be a monthly cycle of online conversations with national and international experts doing research on digital media and interaction, which may take the form of keynote talks, seminars or workshops. There will be time for a short talk by the invited guest, followed by discussion and Q+A.

The sessions will be online and the link will be shared with the registered participants.

The Circle takes place every last Friday of the month, from 2 to 3pm (Lisbon Time). In this page you can find the calendar.

If you wish to join this Circle, please Register.


Media Innovation Circle #11
May 6 @2pm-3pm (Lisbon Time)
Machinima. How a vernacular practice became a new artistic avant garde.
Speaker: Matteo Bittanti, IULM University, Italy
Moderation: Pedro Cardoso, University of Aveiro
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Matteo Bittanti is an Associate Professor in Media Studies at IULM University in Milan, Italy, where he teaches at undergraduate and graduate level. He lives in Milan and San Francisco. More information is available here.


In this talk, Matteo Bittanti discusses the origins and the evolution of machinima, a genre of video art that deliberately appropriates and repurposes video game content, providing an overview of an ever expanding practice. Bittanti argues that although machinima emerged both in vernacular and avantgarde contexts, it the the latter that has evolved in remarkable ways, while the former has largely plateaued. The talk will touch upon several examples of artists engaged with contemporary machinima and chart the possible future of the medium.



Ângela Espinha
Hélder Caixinha
Nelson Zagalo
Pedro Cardoso
Rita Oliveira

For more information, please contact or register yourself.