Joana Chicau

Joana Chicau [PT] is a designer, with a background in performance - classical ballet and contemporary dance. In her practice she investigates the possible connections between – and coexistence of – choreography and media design, aiming to open the possibilities for new aesthetic, energetic and social dimensions in design production processes.

In her work she experiments with open source graphic tools, and the combination of programming and choreographic languages. The project has grown into diverse live performances and coding demonstrations of her methodology/ research and recently taken the format of ‘rehearsals’, a temporary stage for experimenting with coding and choreography.
Twitter: @JoanaBQuelhas

Ways of moving by Joana Chicau

Recently I went to Argentina - Buenos Aires to developed a new ‘choreographic code’ based on the dance genre: Tango. For the Arts Research Symposium I propose to present my project ‘Ways of moving: Tango’ under the themes ‘Creative computing and (live) coding’ / ‘Machine choreography’.

In my presentation I plan to start with briefly presenting the field research process and to finalize with the outcome of the nearly two months investigation. For further visual material and information on the project, please follow the link:

Appearing at:


Old Post Hall, Sheffield Institute of Arts
9:30am-5pm, 13 Nov. 2016 - share on facebook
£25 / £12.50 - get tickets

An arts-research day symposium, with talks and performances on the theme of Algorithmic and Mechanical Movement, chaired by Thor Magnusson and Chris Kiefer from University of Sussex's Experimental Music Technology Lab, and taking place in the Sheffield Institute of Arts.

The £25 / £12.50 ticket prices are inclusive of all fees, and includes refreshments, lunch and free access to evening performances at the Millennium Gallery. 

We are very happy to announce that the symposium will include a keynote speech by Godfried-Willem Raes from the Logos Foundation. For details, including a draft programme, please see the symposium website hosted by the symposium chairs.

Godfried-Willem Raes

Susanne Palzer

Bird & Bee

Panel: Speculative Hardware and Fictive Materialities

Panel: Unraveling Maker Culture

Luba Elliott

Jesus Jara Lopez

Tom Parkinson

Elise and David Plans

Giuseppe Torre

Alejandro Albornoz

Rosamaria E. Kostic Cisneros

Ellen Harlizius-Klück

Alejandra Perez Nunez

Joana Chicau

A WebPage in Two Acts by Joana Chicau

A ‘WebPage in Two Acts’ is a live coding performance/demonstration: an assemblage of audio-visual and graphic experiments combining principles of choreography (post modern choreographic language) with the formal structures of coding (web code/languages, such as JavaScript). The performance structure is divided in two Acts and two Pauses, and comprehends physical movement.

Appearing at:

Crafting sound (II)

Millennium Gallery
7:30pm-9:30pm, 13 Nov. 2016
£6 OTD, or free to crafting sound (I) and symposium attendees

Crafting Sound continues for the second evening, with performances feeding sounds from Sheffield into self-made, archaic systems and machinery, audiovisual live coding with sonic pi, dance choreographed by live coded JavaScript, and the physical clapping out of binary code to build a pure sine wave.


Tim Shaw and John Bowers

Joana Chicau

Ryan Kirkbride

Tom Mudd

Simon Blackmore