Marta de Menezes

Bio | Situação no CFCUL | Produção Científica | Nos media | CV

Paulino Fortes

Bio || Bio

Marta de Menezes is a Portuguese artist (b. Lisbon, 1975) with a degree in Fine Arts by the University in Lisbon, a MSt in History of Art and Visual Culture by the University of Oxford, and a PhD candidate at the University of Leiden.

She has been exploring the intersection between Art and Biology, working in research laboratories demonstrating that new biological technologies can be used as new art medium.

In 1999 de Menezes created her first biological artwork (Nature?) by modifying the wing patterns of live butterflies. Since then, she has used diverse biological techniques including functional MRI of the brain to create portraits where the mind can be visualised (Functional Portraits, 2002); fluorescent DNA probes to create micro-sculptures in human cell nuclei (nucleArt, 2002); sculptures made of proteins (Proteic Portrait, 2002-2007), DNA (Innercloud, 2003; The Family, 2004) or incorporating live neurons (Tree of Knowledge, 2005) or bacteria (Decon, 2007). Her work has been presented internationally in exhibitions, articles and lectures.

She is currently the artistic director of Ectopia, an experimental art laboratory in Lisbon, and Director of Cultivamos Cultura in the South of Portugal.

Áreas de Interesse || Current Research

Situação no CFCUL || Position at the CFCUL

Membro intregado


Grupos de Investigação || Research Groups

Ciência e Arte (Membro)


Linhas Temáticas || Thematic Lines

Science-Art-Philosophy Lab




Participação em Projectos || Participation in Projects

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Contactos || Contacts

Produção Científica (Selecção) || Scientific Production (Selection)

Publicações || Publications

  1. Immortality for Two, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Curated by: Jurij Krpan, 2015.
  2. The Brain - Daejeon Project. Museum of Contemporary Art City of Daejeon, South Korea. Curator: Gim Jungi, 2015.
  3. LIVING AUTOMATON - Life, a natural artefact?, Museu de Historia Natural, Lisbon, Portugal. Curators: Manuel Valente Alves and Adelino Cardoso, 2015.
  4. Sul - Sol, Verbeke Museum; Antwerp; Belgium. curator: Marta de Menezes, 2014.
  5. Ao Sol, A Contemporary Art Route, Ourique, Portugal. Curated by: Atalaia, 2014.
  6. It's About Time! , Touch Me Festival 2014, Art Science and Technology Triennial, Zagreb, Croatia. Curated by: Marta de Menezes and Kontejner, 2014.
  7. eConsciousness, Central House of Artists. Part of the 17th Art-Moscow, International Art Fair and the Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art. Curator: Semen Erokhin, 2013.
  8. Machinarium, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Curator: Marisa Flórido, 2013.
  9. Emergências2012, Guimarães 2012 European Capital of Culture, Fabrica Asa, Guimarães, Portugal. Curator: Marta de Menezes, 2012.
  10. Documenta 2012 – "The Worldly House", Kassel, Germany. Curator: Tue Greenfort. , 2012.
  11. Body Nature, PAV – Parco Arte Vivente, Turin, Italy. Curator: Claudio Cravero, 2011.
  12. Principia - Milano Design Week 2011, Milan, Italy. Curator: Claudio Cravero, 2011.
  13. Corpo – Imagem, Representações do Corpo na Ciência e na Arte, Pavilhão do Conhecimento - Ciência Viva, Lisbon, Portugal. Curator: Olga Pombo, 2010.
  14. Process as Paradigm/El Processo como Paradigma, La Laboral Centro de Arte, Gijon, Spain. Curators: Susanne Jaschko, Lucas Evers, 2010.
  15. Dopplereffekt: Bilder in Kunst und Wissenschaft, Kunsthalle Zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany. Curators: Petra Gorduren, Dirk Luckow, 2010.
  16. Inside – arte ciência, Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal. Curator: Leonel Moura, 2009.
  17. Key of Life Festival, Leiden, The Nederlands. Curator: Marijke Reuvers, 2009.
  18. Genipulation. Pasquart Centre, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. Curator: Dolores Denaro, 2009.
  19. Hybrider. Trondheim Comtemporary Art Centre, Trondheim, Norway. Curator: Espen Gangvic, 2008.
  20. Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age. Era Foundation, Moscow, Russia. Curator: Dmitry Bulatov, 2008.
  21. Abel's Sketch Book. Stavanger European Capital of Culture 2008. Vitenfabrikken, Stavanger, 2008.

Reuniões Científicas || Scientific Meetings

Selecção de conferências/comunicações
  1. Bio-art and/in Cultivamos Cultura. Workshop Internacional «Bio-art: borders and definitions», TEI, Atenas, 24 Abril 2015.
  2. Art and the brain. 10th Symposium of the Bial Foundation; Behind and Beyond the Brain, Porto, Portugal, 2014.
  3. Art and biology, Science & Art: So different, so similar!, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2014.
  4. Making art with biology: an experimental story - Touch Me Festival 2014 - It's About Time! Institute of Physics - University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, 2014.
  5. IEEE Elevate: Art+ (Science || Technology) - Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, KSET, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, 2014.
  6. Making art with biology: an experimental story - Touch Me Festival 2014 - It's About Time! Department of New Media Arts - University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, 2014.
  7. Biology as an art medium, eConsciousness Conference, ART MOSCOW: 17th International Art Fair and the Fifth Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, 2013.
  8. Bioart Primer Coloquio Internacional e Interdisciplinario: Bioartefactos. Historia, Ontología, Ética y Axiología. Facultad de Filosofia y Letras and Centro de Ciencias Genomicas, Mexico City, Mexico, 2013.
  9. Plant tissue culture workshop, Nature Lab, School of Visual Arts, New York, USA, 2012.
  10. Art and Biology Course, Second Term, CECL, New University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, 2012.
  11. Workshop on art and biology, in the conference "Encuentro Internacional de Arte y Nuevas Ciencias". Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, Mexico, 2012.
  12. Consciousness Reframed: art and consciousness in the post-biological era. Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal, 2011.
  13. MilPlanaltos, O que pode a ciência e/ou a arte fazer pela arte?. Museu de Ciência de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal, 2011.
  14. Image in Science and Art. International Conference at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, 2011.
  15. VISCERAL: THE LIVING ART EXPERIMENT Symposium. Science Gallery Dublin, Ireland, 2011.
  16. Emergencias2012, PhD New Media Arts program, University of Evora, Evora, Portugal, 2011.
  17. Emergencias2012, Centro de Computação Gráfica, University Minho, Guimarães, Portugal, 2011.
  18. Cellular Interventions in Art. Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 2010.

Nos media || In the media