Rudolfo Quintas (Porto, 1980) is a portuguese media artist. He creates interactive, generative and data mapping audiovisual works which invariably take the form of performances, installations, or sculptures. These digital media environments form a subtle balance between control and randomness, defined by Verónica Metello as ‘sensitive contexts’. Such contexts establish a continuous dialogue between the digital and non-digital. They are a window opened to the world, where the artist unveils new perspectives to reflect upon human behaviours.
In a continuous dialogue between design, science and technology, Quintas’ work shifts between the individual and the collective. He has extensively explored cognitive feedback processes, engaging self-exploration of the audience in works such as Displacement (2004), Absorption (2014), and Black Hole (2018), among other performative works such as Swap (2005), Burning the Sound (2007) and Darkless (2016). Recently, Quintas took these feedback processes to a greater scale by portraying society through big data visualisations, as in his latest work News Feed (2019).
Over the past decade he has been invited to give lectures and workshops internationally as well for jury for academic publications. In Portugal he was a professor at the ESAD Caldas da Rainha School for Arts and Design (2005-06) and in the Communications and Arts Department of University Beira Interior (2009-12).
Quintas has shown his work nationally and internationally in galleries, cultural venues and art festivals, such as the Transmediale/CTM festival (Berlin), Todays Art festival (The Hague), Dox Gallery and the ENTER festival (Prague), Fundació “La Caixa ” (Barcelona), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), STEIM (Amsterdam), the “Uncharted” exhibition at Santralistanbul (Istanbul), Pixelache festival at Kiasma museum (Helsinki), NIME (Sydney) or the Royal College of Art in London. In his home country, Portugal, Quintas has recently presented his work in the Index of Art and Technology festival in Braga in the context of Braga portuguese capital of Media Arts, FOCO art gallery in Lisbon, the Convento de São Francisco cultural center in Coimbra and the Criatek festival in Aveiro.
His artistic work has earned national and international distinctions by the way of grants, artistic residences, scholarships and art prizes like the Apoios Pontuais Portuguese DGarts grants (Directorate-General for the Arts at the Portuguese Ministry of Culture) or the Transmediale Distinction Award of the Transmediale festival in Berlin. His work is published in Performance Research (Routledge), research papers as NIME – New Interfaces for Musical Expression, and art editions such as the “Younger Than Jesus: Artist Directory” co-edited by New Museum New York and Phaidon Press among others. He currently lives and works in Lisbon having his studio based in MONO Lisboa.