Álvaro Barbosa (Angola 1970) is an Associate Professor and Dean of Creative Industries Faculty at University of Saint Joseph (USJ) in Macau SAR, China. He was the acting director of the Sound and Image Department at the School of Arts from the Portuguese Catholic University (UCP-Porto) until September 2012, co-founding in 2004 the Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR), in 2009 the Creative Business IncubatorARTSpin and in 2011 the Digital Creativity Center (CCD). During this time he also promoted several new innovative curricula such as the PhD Program in Science and Technology of the Arts, the Master Program in Creative Industries Management and the Post-Graduation Degrees in Photography and Digital Design. Holding a PhD degree in Computer Science and Digital Communication from Pompeu Fabra University in Spain and a Graduate Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Aveiro University in Portugal, his academic activity is mainly focused on the field of Audio and Music Technology, in which he worked for five years as an Resident Researcher at the Barcelona Music Technology Group (MTG). His recent R&D work, on experimental Network Music and Interactive Sound-Design Systems, was largely fostered in 2010 during a Post-Doctoral Research Position at Stanford University in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). His creative projects, in collaboration with other artists and researchers, have been extensively performed internationally, with special emphasis in Sound and Music Design, Collaborative Interactive Installations, Live Electronic Music and Computer Animation.
Present Dean Creative Industries Faculty - USJ, Macao Associate Professor - USJ, Macao Visiting Professor at EA - UCP, Porto Researcher at CITAR - UCP, Porto Memberships: AES #50266; ACM #2327450; ICMA ; EMF Complete CV: Degóis Platform
Past DirectorUCP Sound and Image Dpt. - Porto Post-Doc Researcher: CCRMA - Stanford, USA Phd:UPF - Barcelona, Spain Visiting Researcher:MTG - Barcelona, Spain Grad.: UA, ET Department - Aveiro, Portugal EU COST ActionsDelegate: IC0601, 287 Associate Partner: BMAT - Barcelona, Spain
Journey to the Last Frontiers is an artistic collaboration between Álvaro Barbosa and the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME), featuring works from the Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi, the Angolan composer and instrument designer Victor Gama, and the Artistic Director of the HKNME, William Lane. The concert is performed by the HKNME, coupled with live electronics, and piano transcriptions from compositions originally performed on Victor Gama's instruments (the Acrux and Thoa), and an interactive sound device (the Radial Wind Chimes). The immersive video projection is based on footage recorded on an Antarctic expedition by Álvaro Barbosa in 2012; and Kham (Western Sichuan/ Eastern Tibet) by William Lane in 2013, retracing echoes of the King Gesar oral tradition, the world's longest and last living epic on the Tibetan plateau.
Performed Live with HNME at Agnès b.CINEMA, Hong Kong Art Center - 18.Jul.2013