Sandra  Araujo S-ara

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bio

s-ara is a visual artist that spent endless hours shooting at monsters and strolling through mazes. So, it only felt natural for her to evolve through an experimental and explorative process of the visual culture of video games and popular gif files in her animations. She still plays old school computer games.


artist statement

Video games are a pervasive media that are influencing a wide range of social and cultural practices, so it only felt natural for Sandra Araújo to evoke them for inspirational source. The endless hours shooting at monsters and strolling through mazes heavily influenced her discourse and aesthetic when she first pursued photography as the medium of choice to complete her academic studies. Nevertheless, in a single-shot image the visual and audio immersiveness of video games got lost in the threads of the creative process.

In order to achieve some of the interaction and game play qualities of video game she became involved into 2D computer animation. That gave her the opportunity of mashing-up iconic video game characters and scenarios with 8bit music. The gif format is also used for its animation abilities and widespread browser integration. It also resembles game patterns and gives it a playfulness feel and nonsense aura by splattering different mediums into a single-channel video screening.

When trying to sum up that work / play affair she says, ‘The main purpose is to create animations that evolve through an experimental and explorative process of the visual culture of video games and the spread of popular gif files. That aesthetic choice reflects and reiterates lo-fi quality and bug / glitch images of early computer games.’

She still plays old school video games.

Sandra Araújo is a visual artist undergoing the MA in Artistic Studies – Theory and Critic of Art program at Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Porto. Her experimental animations have been screened mostly in independent film and new media festivals across Europe, Canada and the United States.

CV filmography

Sandra Araújo
Rua D. João IV, 433, 1o F 4000-302 Porto
Portugal
+351 918 147 244 http://www.s-ara.net/ sandraiaraujo@gmail.com

EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATIONS

T elephonophobia

2015, 00:03:08 HD 16:9, color, stereo (+ info) website

Rio-me porque és da aldeia e vieste de burro ao baile

(I laugh because you bring your ass to the party – eng. title) 2014, 00:02:52 HD 16:9, color, stereo
(+ info) website

runtime error

2013, 00:04:12, HD 16:9, color, stereo (+ info) website

Balas Perdidas

(Pow Pow Pow Swag – eng. title) 2013, 00:02:55 HD, color, stereo (+ info) website

video game mashup

2013, 00:09:10, HD 16:9, color, stereo (+ info) website

tape loading error

2012, 00:02:55, HD 16:9, color, stereo (+ info) website

SEE://DATA

2010, 00:03:54, HD 4:3, color, stereo

AWARDS

2014.06 runtime error, best video art, 6th Picknic Film Festival, Santander, Spain.
2013.03 tape loading error, O Grande Idiota 2012 – video – Idiot Mag, Porto, Portugal. 2012.12 tape loading error, 9th Animateka AnimaWeb Contest, Ljubljana, Slovenia. 2010.10 SEE://DATA, best experimental, 3rd UFRAME International Academic Video Festival,

A Coruña, Spain.

EXHIBITIONS, SCREENINGS

T elephonophobia, 2015
2016.04 Experiments in Cinema Festival v11.4, Albuquerque, NM, USA.
2016.02 4th animateCOLOGNE – Cologne Art & Animation Festival @ CeC, Shillong, India. 2016.01 MADATAC 07 @ Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid, Spain.
2015.12 Synthetic Zero event I always see the image that I want @ BronxArtSpace, New York,

NY ,USA.
2015.12 1st CÓDEC / Festival of Film and Sound Creations, Mexico City, Mexico. 2015.11 EUROSHORTS 2015, Gdańsk, Poland.
2015.10 7th ReAnimania IAFCFY, Yerevan, Armenia.
2015.10 8th Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania.

Rio-me porque és da aldeia e vieste de burro ao baile, 2014
2015.12 7th Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt.
2015.11 Transnumeriques Festival #5, Mons, Belgium.
2015.11 L’Alternativa Festival 22nd Barcelona Independent Film Festival @ Centre de Cultura

Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.

2015.10 5th International FRONTALE Film Festival, Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
2015.08 21th International Symposium on Electronic Art exhibit, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 2015.07 VAPORWAVE @ VIVO Media Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
2015.06 8th Fest Anča International Animation Festival, Žilina, Slovakia.
2015.06 7th INCUBARTE International Art Festival @ Museu Valencià de la Il-Ilustració I la

Modernitat, Valencia, Spain.
2015.05 3rd Wellington Underground Film Festival @ Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Wellington, New

Zealand.
2015.05 10th Montreal Underground Film Festival, Montreal, QC, Canada.
2015.05 Boom Bang II @ NN Contemporary Art, Northampton, United Kingdom.
2015.05 International Video Art House Madrid @ La Neomudéjar, Madrid, Spain.
2015.04 28th European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany.
2015.04 FILMIDEO - 10th Annual Film and Video Screenings @ Index Art Center, New Jersey, NJ,

USA.
2015.04 Experiments in Cinema Festival v10.T36, Albuquerque, NM, USA.
2015.04 Cinema Perpetuum Mobile Film Festival, Minsk, Belarus.
2015.03 10th Athens Animfest, Athens, Greece
2015.03 30th VIDEOFORMES – International Digital Arts Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, France. 2015.02 Animac’15 – Mostra Internacional de Cinema d’Animació de Catalunya, Lleida, Spain. 2014.12 MANPOWER Festival, Lisbon, Portugal.
2014.12 9th International Streaming Festival, The Hague, Netherlands.
2014.12 International Festival of Creativity, Innovation & Digital Culture @ Espacio Enter, Las

Palmas, Spain.
2014.11 EUROSHORTS 2014, Gdańsk, Poland.

2014.11 27th New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, New York, NY, USA. 2014.11 KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 2014.10 VII Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife, Recife, Brazil.
2014.10 UAMO Art Festival, Munich, Germany.

2014.09 Synthetic Zero Event @ Bronx Art Space, New, NY, USA. 2014.07 Pixelated exhibit @ HERE Arts Center, New York, NY, USA.

runtime error, 2013
2016.02 The Digital Pulse @ The Great Wall of Oakland, Oakland, CA, USA.
2015.05 Video Art Festival Miden @ Fonlad Digital Arts Festival 2015, Coimbra, Portugal. 2015.05 10th Cologne International Videoart Festival @ CeC - Carnival of e-Creativity, Shillong,

India.
2014.11 HTMlles 11 – ZERO FUTUR(E), Montreal, QC, Canada.
2014.11 6th Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt.
2014.11 20th International Symposium on Electronic Art exhibit, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 2014.09 11th Naoussa International Film Festival, Nauossa, Greece.
2014.09 19th Split Film Festival, Split, Croatia.
2014.09 CologneOFF X – animateCOLOGNE.
2014.08 FILE 2014 – Electronic Language International Festival, São Paulo, Brazil.
2014.07 Pixelated exhibit @ HERE Arts Center, New York, NY, USA.
2014.07 10th Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece.
2014.06 Melbourne International Animation Festival, Melbourne, Australia.
2014.06 VIII Festival Alto Vicentino, Santorso, Italy.
2014.06 Digital Transilvania #01, Targu Mures, Romania.
2014.06 International Video Art House Madrid @ La Neomudéjar, Madrid, Spain.
2014.05 Oodaaq Festival, Rennes, France.
2014.05 2nd Wellington Underground Film Festival @ NZ Film Archive, Wellington, New Zealand. 2014.04 27th European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany.
2014.04 RE/Mixed Media Festival IV, New York, NY, USA.
2014.02 Vector Game + Art Convergence, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2014.01 NONBIENNALE #2 @ Web Art Center.
2013.12 8th International Streaming Festival, The Hague, Netherlands.

2013.11 EUROSHORTS 2013 @ Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdańsk, Poland. 2013.11 6th INCUBARTE International Art Festival, Valencia, Spain.
2013.10 9th Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania.
2013.09 Boston Festival of Indie Games Art Exhibit, Boston, MA, USA.

2013.09 Portugal Underground Film Festival – New York edition, NY, USA. 2013.09 25th Onion City Experimental Film and Video Festival, Chicago, IL, USA. 2013.08 now what #2 @ Microscope Gallery, New York, NY, USA.

Balas Perdidas, 2013
2015.09 CologneOFF 2015 @ Zona de Morana, Avila, Spain.
2014.07 35A Moving Image Festival @ Le 6B, Saint-Denis, France.
2014.06 6th Fest Anča International Animation Festival, Žilina, Slovakia
2013.12 MATADAC 05 – International Festival of Contemporary Audio-Visual and New Media Art @

Palacio Cibeles, Madrid, Spain. 2013.10 II No/Gloss Film Festival, Leeds, UK.

2013.09 5th Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt.
2013.09 CologneOFF IX – animateCOLOGNE, Germany.
2013.07 III Encontrarte Amares, Amares, Portugal.
2013.06 2nd Scratch! International Animation Film Festival, Lecce, Italy.
2013.06 Glitch Moment/ums @ Furtherfield Gallery, London, UK.
2013.05 4th Š.U.N.D. Festival @ Fábrica Braço de Prata, Lisbon, Portugal.
2013.04 9th Annual Open International Festival of Multimedia Art Multimatograf, Volodga, Russia. 2013.04 B.A.NG VI Barcelona Videoart Festival, Barcelona, Spain.

video game mashup, 2013
2013.11 NAA Festival #4 – New Associated Arts, Barcelos, Portugal.
2013.10 II No/Gloss Film Festival, Leeds, UK.
2013.09 3rd Athens International Digital Film Festival, Athens, Greece. 2013.06 13th Kastav Film Festival, Rijeka, Croatia.
2013.05 VIDEO Like ART – DA T ACUMSHOT II @ Espace 29, Bordeaux, France.

tape loading error, 2012
2016.03 Usurp Zone5 Film Day @ Experimental Art Gallery, Delhi, India.
2015.11 Locomoción II – Experimental Animation Festival, Mexico City, Mexico.
2015.09 Directors Loung at Berliner Liste – Fairy for Contemporary Art @ Kraftwerk, Berlin,

Germany.
2015.08 Usurp Zone5 Film Festival @ Usurp Art Gallery & Studios, London, UK.
2015.07 PRISM 17 @ The Millennium Gallery, Sheffield, UK.
2015.01 Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film Festival - Moments of Movements @ Bret Llewellyn

Gallery, Alfred, NY, USA.
2014.11 Baixada Animada – Mostra Ibero-Americana de Cinema de Animação, Duque de Caxias,

RJ, Brazil.
2014.07 Pixelated exhibit @ HERE Arts Center, New York, NY, USA.
2014.07 35A Moving Image Festival @ Le 6B, Saint-Denis, France.
2014.05 Screen Off @ Northwest Film Forum, Seatle, WA, USA.
2014.05 2nd Wellington Underground Film Festival @ NZ Film Archive, Wellington, New Zealand 2014.05 Northwest Animation Festival, Portland OR, USA.
2014.04 RE/Mixed Media Festival IV, New York, NY, USA.
2013.12 1st Women Media Arts and Film Festival, Sydney, Australia.
2013.12 User Experience exhibit @ Csikász Gallery, Veszprém, Hungary.
2013.11 3rd International FRONTALE Film Festival, Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
2013.11 KLEX – Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film and Video Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 2013.11 Animae Caribe – Animation and New Media Festival @ National Museum, Port of Spain,

Trinidad and Tobago.
2013.10 II No/Gloss Film Festival, Leeds, UK.

2013.09 10th Naoussa International Film Festival, Naoussa, Greece. 2013.09 5th Cairo Video Festival, Cairo, Egypt.
2013.09 11th Arouca Film Festival, Arouca, Portugal.

2013.09 Boston Festival of Indie Games Art Exhibit, Boston, MA, USA. 2013.09 6th Crosstalk Video Art Festival, Budapest, Hungary.
2013.09 Portugal Underground Film Festival – New York edition, NY, USA. 2013.09 3rd Athens International Digital Film Festival, Athens, Greece. 2013.08 3o FARCUME Festival de Curtas-Metragens de Faro, Faro, Portugal. 2013.08 6th VIDEOHOLICA Video Art Festival, Varna, Bulgaria.

2013.07 8th International Festival of Contemporary Animation & Media Art Linoleum, Moscow, Russia.

2013.07 9th Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamata, Greece.
2013.07 Hörlursfestival @Lab Gallery, Sollefteå, Sweden.
2013.06 5th Picknic Film Festival, Santander, Spain.
2013.06 VII Festival Alto Vicentino, Santorso, Italy.
2013.06 9th Athens Video Art Festival, Athens, Greece.
2013.05 Video Art Attack @ Kunstencentrum Campo, Ghent, Belgium. 2013.05 Experimental Film Festival Portland 2, Portland, OR, USA. 2013.05 Oodaaq Festival, Rennes, France.

2013.04 8th International Low & No Budget Short Film Festival ClipAward, Mannheim, Germany. 2013.04 Night of the Museums @ Filmmuseum, Düsseldorf, Germany.
2013.04 XII International Image Festival, Manizales, Colombia.
2013.03 DI-EGY FEST 0.1 @ Gezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt.

2013.03 T asmeem Film Festival, Doha, Qatar .
2013.02 Peep Show: Hot Mess, Buffalo, NY, USA.
2013.02 Vector Game + Art Convergence, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2013.02 UAMO Art Festival, Munich, Germany.
2013.02 2nd Ascona Film Festival, Ascona, Switzerland.
2013.02 1st Grand Junction Film Festival, Grand Junction, CO, USA.
2013.02 9th Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany.
2013.01 online exhibit - Balaclava Gallery
2012.12 Chartier an arts venue, Derby, CT, USA.
2012.12 GLI.TC/H Festival 2112 @ TriTriangle, Chicago, IL, USA.
2012.12 7th International Streaming Festival, The Hague, Netherlands. 2012.11 Weengushk Internacional Film Festival, Sudbury, ON, Canada. 2012.10 MIA Screen @ Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA, USA. 2012.10 5th UFRAME International Academic Video Festival, São Paulo, Brazil. 2012.10 8th Simultan Festival, Timisoara, Romania.

2012.10 2nd BIDEODROMO International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Bilbao, Spain.

SEE://DATA, 2010
2011.05 Double Hanging @ Faculty of Fine Arts of University of Porto, Porto, Portugal. 2011.02 31th Fantasporto Oporto International Film Festival, Porto, Portugal.
2010.10 2nd Moving Frames Festival, Mytilene, Greece.

PUBLICA TIONS

Chartier, R. and Botelho, P. (2013). A Collection of Modern Video Artists from the perm. Collection of Galerie Chartier. [Kindle Edition].