Cláudia Martinho is a researcher, artist, architect, acoustician. She is based in Gerês biosphere reserve in Portugal, and is currently engaged as a researcher in the project Audire – saving sonic-based memories, University of Minho, PT.
Cláudia has been experimenting with environmental sound, spatial resonance and geometry, to regenerate relationships between humans and their surrounding ecosystems. Her research process embraces sound art, architecture, ecoacoustics, archaeoacoustics, animism and activism. The experiments are site-relational and involve field recording, soundscape design, installation, performance, experimental music and workshops.
Her work has been shared in different contexts such as ‘Noite Branca Braga’, gnration (Braga, PT) ‘Invisible Places: Sound, Urbanism and Sense of Place’ symposium (Azores, PT), ‘Lisboa Soa – sound art, urbanism and auditory culture’ (Lisbon, PT), ‘Archaeoacoustics III International Conference’ (Tomar, PT), ‘Architectones: Sound, Art and Architecture Seminar’ (Arc-Et-Sénans, FR), ‘Tuned City – between sound and space speculations’ (Berlin, DE). Among multiple collaborative projects, she was co-editor of the anthology ‘Site of Sound: of Architecture and the Ear – Vol. 2’, co-curator of ‘evento – public art and urban interventions’, Biennale of Bordeaux, France, and collaborator with Bureau des Mesarchitectures, Paris, France.
Practiced-based Ph.D. in Music – Sonic Arts (Unit for Sound Practice Research), 2019, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom. Thesis title: Aural Architecture Practice. Creative Approaches for an Ecology of Affect. Supervision by Professor John Levack Drever and Dr Iris Garrelfs. Fellowship by the Foundation for Science and Technology, Portugal (2011-2014).
Master of Science and Technology in Architectural and Urban Acoustics, by Sorbonne University, co-program with Université Pierre et Marie Curie, IRCAM and Ecole d’Architecture Paris La Seine, France (2007).
Architect by the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, Portugal (2001).
Traditional Feng Shui practicioner (advanced), by the Instituto Europeu de Estudos Tradicionais Chineses, Porto, Portugal (2014-2018).
XIII Ensemble Training Course of Musical Improvisation with Communities, Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal (2017-2018).
Sound therapy with bowls and gongs, by the Peter Hess Academy, Portugal (2014-2015).
AUDIRE: saving sonic-based memories. Researcher. ICS-CECS, University of Minho (Braga, PT).
Rural Vivo! Art direction and coordination of an Artists in Residency program and an Encounter of Arts, Ecology and Ruralities, Campo do Gerês, July 2020. Architecture, Soundscapes and Territory Regenerations. Research into public space interventions.
EXHIBITIONS / PERFORMANCES (selection)
In Girum. Spatial sound installation. Dar a Ouvir, Convento de São Francisco, Coimbra, July 11 2020.
Extinction Calls. Soundscape installation. maat – museum of art, architecture and technology, Lisbon, June 2020 to January 2021.
Symbiosis and Geometries. Field recording, spatial sound installation and performance. Residency in collaboration with Luís Alberto Bittencourt, at Mata da Albergaria, Gerês, June 29 – July 3 2020.
Oneiric Gardens. Installation Sounds from the Garden. Multi-speaker diffusion programme (featuring works by: Rob Mackay, David Rogers, Maeve Moayadi, Olivir Haylett, Oliver Koch, Rose Ford, James Wignal, Claudia Martinho, Elisabeth Salverda, Marcus Leadley, Sarah Westwood, Adrian Newton, Lizzy Laurence, Josh Grey-Jung, Dominika Wrøblewska and Phil Wolsternholm). Horniman Museum, London, UK, 16-17 November 2019.
Symbiotic Real. Audiovisual exhibition. Breaking Boundaries: Academia, Activism and the Arts, University of Lisbon, Portugal, 25-26 September 2019
Simbioses. Soundscape installation. Lisboa Soa – Sound Art, Urbanism and Auditory Culture, Lisbon, Portugal 13-15 September 2019
Biofeedback. Soundscape installation. gnration, Noite Branca, Braga UNESCO Creative City, Portugal, 6-8 September 2019
Garranas: Cantares da Serra. Performance. Eco-festival Terra Mãe, Fafe, Portugal, 19 July 2019
Duirs. Soundscapes installation. Floresta e Paisagem Nativa, Tanta Terra Festival of Landscape Art, Paço de Lanheses, Portugal. 18-31 May 2019
Multi-dimensional Soundwalk. Soundscape co-creation. Villeneuve field works, CRESSON – Centre for research on sound space and urban environment, Grenoble, France, January 2019
Spectrum. Music Communication through the Autism Spectrum. XIII Ensemble Training Course of Musical Improvisation with Communities of Casa da Musica, with Duncan Chapman and Sam Mason artistic direction, and APPDA Norte (Portuguese Association for Developmental Disorders and Autism), Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal, March 2018
In/Out a Circle. With the XIII Ensemble Training Course of Musical Improvisation with Communities of Casa da Musica and the community of women from Custoias Prison, artistic direction by Sam Mason and Tim Steiner, Custoias Prison, Portugal, December 2017
Shores. Soundscape installation. Ponta Delgada harbour, Invisible places: Sound Urbanism and Sense of Place, São Miguel, Açores, Portugal, April 2017
Passagem. Soundscape installation. Lisboa Soa – Sound Art, Urbanism and Auditory Culture, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2017
Azteca-Mexica Dance. Equinox gathering with Maestra Estrella Newman. Teotihuacan pyramids archaeological site, Mexico, 2014
Kuauhtmemok, Carrera por la Paz y Dignidad. Peace and Dignity Run, rituals in movement, Mexico 2014
Star Dance. Circle of dance and singing. In: Catalunya; Basque Country; Zacualpan, Mexico; Fafe, Portugal, 2012-2018
Sun Dance. Circle of dance and singing. In: Basque Country; Zacualpan. Mexico; Temitla. Mexico, 2013-2017
Vibrational Fields. Performance. Sound-Space-Signal, Guimaraes European Capital of Culture, Guimaraes, Portugal, May 2012
Radio Sonores. Aural architecture installation. Sound-Space-Signal, Curatorial Lab, Guimaraes European Capital of Culture, Guimaraes, Portugal, April-June 2012
Rhythm Materialism. Performance. Rhythm and Event Symposium. The London Graduate School, United Kingdom, 2012
Drone Ensemble. Performance. Materia Prima, Porto, Portugal, 2011
Topology: Embodying Transformation. Soundscape performance with quadraphonic sound. Topology Series, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom, 2011
Vibrational Fields. Soundscape installation. The Media and the Senses. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom, 2011
Body Sound. With Bureau des Mesarchitectures, curated by Christine Van Assche. Installation and scenography of sound artworks from Centre Pompidou New Media Collection. Zebrastraat, Liedts-Meesen Foundation, Ghent, Belgium, 2010
Fiction Vs. Reality. With Bureau des Mesarchitectures, curated by Christine Van Assche. Installation and scenography of video works from the Centre Pompidou New Media Collection. CAMJAP, Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, Portugal, 2008
H-Box. With Didier Faustino and Bureau des Mesarchitectures. commissionned by Hermes Foundation. Architectural acoustic study for a mobile space to display video art. Itinerance: Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, Yokohama Triennal, among others. 2008.
Soundscapes and Public Space Interventions. Conference. X Ciclo de Conferências ECATI Museu Coleção Berardo, Lisbon, 20 May 2020 – postponed.
Architecture, Geometry and Consciousness: Co-creating Learning Spaces with the Ecosystems. Architecture 3000 and Universal Geometry 10th International Symposium, Fafe, Portugal, 28 September 2019
Performing Soundscapes: Sustainable Approaches to Intangible Heritage towards an Ecological Transition. Hidden Archives, Hidden Practices, Aveiro University, Portugal, June 2019
Soundscapes, Architecture adn Territory Regeneration. EJI PATER, 2nd Young Researchers Meeting in Heritage and Territory Studies, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, June 2019
Soundscapes in Architecture Practice: Creative and Sustainable Approaches. International Colloquium Soundscapes: Heritage, History, Artistic Territories and Sound Archeology, Braga, Portugal, May 2019
Sound and Architecture: Space as Resonator. Sound | Architekturen Seminar, Audiovisual research on materials / Art and Media studies, KHM – Academy for Media Arts Cologne, Germany, July 2018
Resonant Architecture. Architecture 3000 and Universal Geometry 9th International Symposium, Sicily, Italy, September 2018
Experience, Resonance, Attunement. Presentation. In: Archaeoacoustics III International Conference, Tomar, Portugal, October 2017
Shores. Artist talks, Invisible places: Sound Urbanism and Sense of Place, São Miguel, Açores, Portugal, April 2017
Acoustic Ecology in Learning Spaces. Architecture 3000 and Universal Geometry 8th International Symposium, Bolivia, August 2017
Exploring Aural Architecture. Artists talks, Women In Sound Women On Sound: Sound Education Experience. Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom, 2016
Aural Architecture Practice. Sound Practice Research Group, Department of Music, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom, 2016
Sound, Space, Geometry. Pedagooogia 3000: Seminario Internacional de Geometria Universal, Bolívia, 2012
Sound Art in Public Space. Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto, Portugal, 2011
Iannis Xenakis: Music-Architecture. Presentation. Workshop on Graphic Partitures with Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Faculdade de Belas Artes, Universidade do Porto, Portugal, 2011
Space, Frequencies and Architecture. lost-in-space: interdisciplinary workshop, University College of London, with the Bartlett School of Architecture, the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience and the University of East London, England, 2010
Sound Art in Public Space. Master Arte e Design no Espaço Público, Faculdade de Belas Artes, Universidade do Porto, Portugal, 2010
Sound Practice Research. Research Le Sonic – Sound Art and Design, Le Quai Art School of Mulhouse, France, 2010
Counter-tactics. Tuned City – between sound and space speculation, Berlin, Germany, July 2008
Sound and architecture in public space interventions. Architectones #1 – conference on sound, art and architecture, La Saline Arc-et- Sénans, France. July 2008.
Sound Practice Research. Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Le Mans, France, 2007
Workshop of sound art co-creation. Art Lab, maat – museum of art, architecture and technology, Lisbon, 29-30 July 2020.
Acoustic communication with plants. Museu dos Biscainhos. Organized by Circuito: Braga Media Arts Educational Service. 3 July 2020.
Sound, Light, Geometry. Architecture 3000 and Universal Geometry 10th International Symposium, Fafe, Portugal, 27-29 September 2019
Acoustic communication with plants. Lisboa Soa – Sound Art, Urbanism and Auditory Culture, Lisbon, Portugal, 14-15 September 2019
Universal Geometry. Architecture 3000 and Universal Geometry 9th International Symposium, Sicily, Italy, September 2018
Sacred Geometry with children. Boom Festival, Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal, August 2018
Sacred Geometry. Eco-festival Terra Mãe, Fafe, Portugal, July 2018
Sound and Architecture: Space as Resonator. Sound | Architekturen Seminar, Art and Media studies, KHM – Academy for Media Arts Cologne, Germany, 8 July 2018
Music Communication through the Autism Spectrum. With the XIII Ensemble Training Course of Musical Improvisation with Communities of Casa da Musica and APPDA Norte (Portuguese Association for Developmental Disorders and Autism), artistic direction by Duncan Chapman and Sam Mason, Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal, January-March 2018
Musical improvisation. Casa Brahma, Porto, Portugal, January-June 2018
Musical improvisation. Espaço Compasso, Porto, Portugal, January-June 2018
Music Communication in a Circle. With the XIII Ensemble Training Course of Musical Improvisation with Communities of Casa da Musica and the community of women from Custoias Prison, artistic direction by Sam Mason and Tim Steiner, Custois Prison, Portugal, October-December 2017
Soundwalk and field recording, Invisible Places, Architecture University, Ponta Delgada, Azores, 2017
Musical improvisation. Ser Educação, Soajo, Portugal, September 2017
Sound, Space and Rhythm Materiality. Rhythm and Event Symposium. The London Graduate School, United Kingdom, 2012
Aural Agency – Modular Archietcture. workshop Construir Juntos. In collaboration with Mathieu Herbelin. Curatorial Lab, Guimaraes European Capital of Culture, Guimaraes, Portugal, 2012
Sound, Space and Performance. Ecole Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Le Mans, France, 2007
Artistic residency Laboratorios de Verão at gnration, Braga, Portugal, 19-30 August 2019
Landscape art residency Floresta e Paisagem Nativa, Tanta Terra, Paço de Lanheses, Portugal, 14-19 May 2019
Artistic residency Rural Vivo, Campo do Gerês, Portugal, August 2017
Artistic residency Invisible places: Sound Urbanism and Sense of Place, São Miguel, Açores, Portugal, April 2017
Artistic residency Construir Juntos, Curatorial Lab, Guimarães Capital of Culture 2012, Portugal, 2012
AWARDS / GRANTS
Direção Geral das Artes ‘Apoio à Criação 2019’ grant, project Symbiosis and Geometries
Direção Geral das Artes ‘Apoio à Programação e Desenvolvimento de Públicos 2019’ grant, with Rural Vivo! cultural association
Direção Geral das Artes ‘Apoio Simplificado 2019’ grant
Gulbenkian Foundation ‘Visual Arts Grant 2019’
Fundação Bracara Augusta ‘Laboratórios de Verão 2019’ Award
Graduate School Research Grant, Goldsmiths University of London, England (2017)
Music Department Research Grant, Goldsmiths University of London, England (2017)
FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology PhD Fellowship (2011-2015)
EVENTS’ DIRECTION / COORDINATION
Rural Vivo! Artistic Residencies and Encounter of Arts, Ecology and Ruralities. Co-organisation and programming. Campo do Gerês, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Gerês, Portugal, July 2020
10th International Symposium of Architecture 3000 Research Network. Co-organisation and programming. Quinta do Minhoto, Fafe, Portugal, 26-29 September 2019
9th International Symposium of Architecture 3000 Research Network, Co-organisation and programming. Urban Future Organization, Sicily, Italy. Participants: Noemi Paymal (France, Bolivia), Claudio Lucchesi (Italy), Claudia Martinho (Portugal), Takaharu Tesuka (Japan), Prakash Nair (USA), ZeMarc – Michael Rice (Ireland) and Zana Zu (Slovakia), Cosme Espinoza (Mexico), Chavi Gupta (India). September 2018
evento. Moderator and co-curator of public gatherings. Biennial of Public Art, Bordeaux, France. Participants: Peter Cook, Joseph Grimma, muf architecture/art, Sam Jacob/FAT, Anne Querrien, among others. October 2009.
Architectones #2 – conference on sound, art and architecture. Co-mediator. La Saline Arc-et- Sénans, France. Participants: Grégoire Chelkoff, Seth Cluett, Raviv Ganchrow, Phill Niblock, Colin Ripley, Edwin van der Heide, among others. July 2009.
PAST COLLABORATIONS (selection)
Architecture 3000 Research Network
Mathieu Herbelin, Didier Faustino, PIF, Noemi Paymal, Jonathan Uliel Saldanha, Filipe Silva, SOOPA, Oficina ARARA, Brandon LaBelle, Jean-Baptiste Bayle, La Quadrature du Net, Nicolas Hugoo, Inês Moreira, Paulo Mendes, Emmanuel Hubaut,…
2000-02 / 2006-11 – Bureau des Mesarchitectures, Paris, France. (international exhibitions such as the 11th Architecture Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy; 3rd Yokohama Biennial, Yokohama, Japan; Shenzen and Hong-Kong Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture: City Mobilisation, Shenzen, China)
2011 – Drone Ensemble, performance, Porto, Portugal
2011 – Srosh Ensemble, performance, Porto, Portugal
2009-11 – VLF~UHF: time warp and space loop experiences, sonic improvisation, Paris, France
2006-2011 – Infra, irregular series of sound events for the exploration of imperceptible phenomena, Paris, France and Porto, Portugal
2004 – Acconci Studio, New York, USA
2004 – nArchitects, New York, USA
2003-04 – Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York, USA