Media Lab Talks

Media Lab Talks presents the research undertaken by international media labs in media, arts and technologies that is inspiring CICANT’s doctoral and post-doctoral research. This online event is organized by CICANT’s PhD Programs in Communication and in Media Arts.

Join us in Zoom to meet a renowned media lab in a 15-minute presentation followed by a brief Q&A session.



17 February, 3PM

William Uricchio 

MIT Open Documentary Lab

presented by: Jacopo Wassermann and Anastasya Maksymchuk

William Uricchio has spent most of his life connecting, moving between, comparing…. His academic studies moved between philosophy (symbolic logic and aesthetics) and cinema studies (early non-fiction representation); his work in documentary moved between theory and practice; his teaching career moved between Europe and the US; and his research trajectory has moved from memory palaces to algorithmic authorship. William is professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, where he is principal investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab. He is also professor of Comparative Media History at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Stockholm, the Freie Universität Berlin, Phillips-Universität Marburg, and the University of Science and Technology of China. William was one of the leaders of a five-year long European Science Foundation project entitled Changing Media, Changing Europe, and he has received Guggenheim, Humboldt and Fulbright awards, and the Berlin Prize.


Joana Pimenta 

Film Study Center and Sensory Ethnography Lab – SEL Harvard University

Presented by Mariana Duarte

JOANA PIMENTA is a filmmaker from Lisbon, Portugal, currently living and working between the United States and Brazil. Her short film The Figures Carved into the Knife by the Sap of the Banana Trees received the Competition Award at Indielisboa ’14, where it premiered, the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and has been screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Jihlava, Mar del Plata, Ambulante, Edinburgh, Videoex, Taipei, among other venues. Her video installation work has been recently presented at the Festival Temps d’Images, the Fundacion Botin, Galeria da Boavista, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, and The Pipe Factory, among others. She works and teaches in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and in the BFA program in Film at Rutgers University, and is a fellow at the Film Study Center and the Sensory Ethnography Lab. Since 2020, she is the director of the Film Study Center at Harvard University, which supports the non-fiction projects such as documentaries and video installations.


Paulo Nuno Vicente

iNOVA Media Lab

Presented by Tarun Madupu and Margaryta

Paulo Nuno Vicente works as an Assistant Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where he founded in 2016 and since then coordinates iNOVA Media Lab, a research and development laboratory dedicated to the study of immersive and interactive narrative, human interface technologies, innovation and digital transformation, new media literacies, science communication, social media and information visualization. He started his career as a non-fiction multimedia storyteller. As a journalist, multimedia documentary filmmaker, producer and director, he has worked extensively across Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. As a digital entrepreneur, in 2013, he founded Bagabaga Studios, an interdisciplinary co-op dedicated to digital media production and advanced training. He holds a PhD on Digital Media (UT Austin Portugal) and he is an honored recipient of the prestigious German Marshall Fund of the United States Fellowship (2016) and Calouste Gulbekian Prize – Knowledge (2019).

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