Art Climate Transition
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of the European Union
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berru

Porto

Portugal

 

berru is a collective of artists. They create under one name. berru’s work reflects on the intimate relationship between the human being and the machine. This relationship focuses more and more on philosophical, anthropological, political, social and ethical perspectives. Recently interested in complex and biological systems, berru is inspired by human being’s relationship with the world, to think and to create.

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The work of Berru is developed around the possibility of a symbiotic relationship between nature and technology. In 2019, Berru received one of the most prestigious award in Portugal in the field of Media Art, the Sonae Media Art Prize. In the award-winning installation systems synthesis, the collective created a computing system by appropriating an existing biological system. In a few words, the sensors used and created by the collective were necessary to keep the biological system of the installation alive. They were responsible for measuring and controlling temperature, humidity, oxygen, carbon dioxide and the movement of plants’ leaves, while also generating a soundscape. Moreover, the jury acknowledged the installation’s scenic effectiveness and its ability to bring out complex concepts in a clear and attractive way to the audience. They also pointed out that the work “takes advantage of simple technological means to invoke critical aspects of our world”.

Aged under 30 years old, the three artists that form the Berru collective, founded in Porto (Portugal) in 2015, have been setting in motion a work that reflects on the intimate relationship between technology and living biological systems, ultimately leaving the human being out of the equation. Berru’s work brings forward a practical, nearly laboratorial, reflection on the Anthropocene.

 

2020 estudo da distribuição das dimensões dos grãos de um soloinstallation in Arquipélago, Azores
2020 another object deforminstallation in Centro Cultural Vila Flor, Guimarães
2020 estado erosãoinstallation in Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, for Galeria Zé dos Bois, Lisbon
2020 time and technicsinstallation in Maus Hábitos, Porto
2020 NO ENTULHOartistic residence in ARTWORKS, Póvoa de Varzim
2020 screens. memory interfaceseries in Microclima 2020, Parede, Lisboa

2019 systems synthesisaward-winning installation in SONAE MEDIA ART 2019, MNAC, Lisboa
2019 memory interfaceseries commissioned by Wrong Weather, Porto
2019 another objectinstallation in NOITE BRANCA, GNRATION, Braga
2019 studio found objectsinstallation in Via Aberta, Mota – Galiza, Porto
2019 machine messageinstallation in OPEN DAY, GNRATION, Braga
2019 space transposevisual installation for ANUÁRIO, Galeria Municipal do Porto

2018 space transposevisual installation for TUP, UPTEC Porto, Reitoria da Universidade do Porto
2018 space amplifyinteractive installation in Festival Iminente, The Old Truman Brewry, London
2018 machine amplifyinstallation and liveact in Festival Iminente, Panorâmico de Monsanto, Lisboa
2018 untitledinstallation for Dj Lynce in Milhões de Festa Festival, Barcelos
2018 untitledinteractive installation in Elétrico Festival, in Parque da Pasteleira, Porto
2018 fojo do loboart residency in Art Nature Fest, Fafião, Montalegre
2018 performance, colaboration with Rebecca Moradalizadeh and Solution, Porto
2018 Arduino Dayworkshop, an introduction to Arduino, in Laboratório de Investigação Artística, Porto

2017 organismuinteractive installation in Festival Iminente, Estufa Fria do Jardim Municipal de Oeiras, Lisboa
2017 NEOPOSTEinteractive installation in NEOPOP Festival, Viana do Castelo
2017 cumução v0.1. installation in Antiga Casa Moura, Porto
2017 conversor oleáceo / digitalinstallation in Curraleira, Serra de Aire e Candeeiros, Leiria
2017 Sem título. installation in Favela Discos event, Antiga Casa Moura, Porto
2017 teste organismu v2.2. interactive installation in Vortex — live act by Volsk in Maus Hábitos
2017 Estuário. shortfilm national premiere in FantasPorto 2017, Porto

2016 Vandoma. shortfilm national premiere in PortoPostDoc 2016, Porto
2016 Untitled. installation in Festival NEOPOP with Nuno Sousa and Hugo Ferreira
2016 curatorship of NEO EXPLORATIONS in NEOPOP Festival
2016 amplificação da luz por emissão estimulada da radiação. Interactive Installation in Maus Hábitos, Porto
2016 cubu. interactive installation for Sonoscopia in Maus Hábitos, Porto

2015 Panóptico21. interactive installation in Escola das Artes Universidade Católica do Porto
2015 hands. vídeo mapping in Maus Hábitos, Porto

Awards
2019 MNAC Lisboa. Sonae Media Art 2019 Prize – systems synthesis
2016 Vandoma. Best shortfilm in PortoPostDoc Film festival (School Trip competition), Porto

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