CADA is an art group that makes software for exhibitions and the public realm. Formed in Lisbon in 2007 by Sofia Oliveira and Jared Hawkey, the group’s work is intentionally playful, designed to activate experiences that are both personal and question our relationship with technology in everyday life. It also organises events such as residencies, talks and workshops to extend participation in digital cultural practice. CADA has exhibited across Europe and in Brazil.
Human Entities: culture in the age of artificial intelligence is one of the annual event series organised by CADA. Since 2017, this public programme has been produced in partnership with the Lisbon Architecture Triennale.
CADA has received public funding from the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, the Directorate-General for the Arts (DGArtes) of the Portuguese Ministry of Culture, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and Lisbon City Council.
Over and over, v.0, 2023
An art installation comprising sound and video, which started when we mistook the repetitive noise of a slow rotating crane for a mobile phone alarm. What we liked about it was how the sound itself fed our imagination and echoed more abstract discussions we’d been having on boundaries and voids.
This installation with sound, light and interaction started when, out of the blue, we both independently imagined two similar funnel-like forms. The power of this coincidence led us to think about simultaneous realities, experience as a continuum and more elusive quasi-mystical ideas of wholeness.
Closer translates a feeling of both anxiety and hope into the form of an interactive installation. The work consists of a circle on the floor, a sound and a hack on the room’s air-conditioning. Through this system, sound and air temperature react to the arrangement and density of the audience, and while interconnected they are without linear connections or sequential order.
Commissioned by Filipe Pais and Patrícia Gouveia for the exhibition Playmode, MAAT, Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon.
Tyro is an artificial intelligence chatbot whose highly polarized mindset belies its underlying multidimensional structure. Perplexing and clearly non-human, it converses in written English. The work is designed to activate a space for experience within the man-machine matrix.