CITAR Meetings



The fourth of the CITAR meetings of 2014/15 took place in the Executives Room, on the 14th of April. The speaker was Patrícia Moreira with Bio-deterioration in Cultural Objects: Research and Strategy.

Patrícia Moreira during her presentation


The third of the CITAR meetings of 2014/15 took place in the Executives Room, on the 13th of January. The speaker was Frederico Henriques with Applications of Spatial Analysis on Pictorial Surfaces.

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Frederico Henriques presentation


The second of the CITAR meetings of 2014/15 took place in the Executives room, on the 16th of December. The speaker was Yolanda Espiña, who presented the project The Ethical Dimension of Art.

Art and ethos have been in a dialectical relationship from the very beginning of reflexion on human activity in general, and aesthetic activity in particular. This relationship, considered throughout many centuries to be based on an inner bond between beauty, goodness and truth, started being problematized, particularly, from the advent of Modernity on. Since then, most of the different approaches have been focused on external parameters, whether centring their arguments on a moral antecedent, which would qualify in a moral sense “derived” productions like work arts, or on presuppositions affirming that art has a so absolutely autonomous character that works of art elude further qualification in any moral or ethical sense. Hence, many contemporary approaches, particularly those emerging within the analytical aesthetics – so influent nowadays, especially in the English speaking context - confront this problematic and this apparent disjunction, being the ethical question in/of art a distinctive issue of the most recent developments in aesthetics and theory of arts, very especially addressed to understand the character of a great number of contemporary artistic products. 

The aim of this project is precisely to overcome this disjunction, locating the question of ethics in the midst of the artistic production and art works themselves. Therefore, we intend to develop a – as we call it – immanent methodology to analyse ethical issues in the field of art and art products. A final goal will be to test this methodology, contextualising the art products within a theoretical model. This model may offer a lost link between purely formal approaches and contextual treatments, clearly differentiating them also from purely subjective approaches. Hence, we will be in condition to apply to particular cases criteria able to elucidate the ethical perspective inherent to artistic works.

Prof. Yolanda Espiña during her presentation


The first of the CITAR meetings of 2014/15 took place in the Executives Room, on the 18th of November. The speaker was José Guilherme Abreu with the presentation Siah Armajani. Public Art as an Idea.

José Guilherme Abreu during the presentation




The fifth CITAR meeting 2014 took place in the Executives Room, on the 17th of June of 2014. The speaker was Henrique Gomes de Araújo with the presentation The Orpheon Portuense Project (1881-2008): Tradition and Innovation.
The subject of this study is the choral society Orpheon Portuense set up by eighteen music lovers in the city of Oporto on 12th January 1881. Later – as a concert society – it promoted concerts until 27th March 1993, the date of its final performance. The innovations that this musical society brought to Oporto and Portugal arose from the aims of its founders, which were not only artistic, but also social and cultural.

The starting hypothesis of this project is that charisma and, in particular, artistic gifts, have contributed to the creation of institutions and innovative activities, which in turn create ‘relational goods’ (Bruni’s term) that lead to better relationships and increased happiness. In the particular case of the “Orpheon Portuense” (1881-2008), the hypothesis is that this institution was created through the presence in Oporto society of an awareness of the value of artistic charisma and of a willingness to make the sustained, voluntary effort required to promote such relational goods.

Prof. Henrique Gomes de Araújo during his presentation 


The fourth CITAR meeting took place in the Post-graduation Auditorium, on the 20th of May. The speaker was Helena Melo, The Painter Francisco João (act. 1563-1595), materials and techniques in easel painting in Évora in the second half of the XVI Century
This presentation summarizes a PhD research undertaken with the aim of analysing the materials and characterizing the execution technique of 56 paintings on wood, attributed to the painter Francisco João (act. 1563-1595). Distributed by the districts of Évora, Beja and Portalegre, the paintings were examined in situ under (incident and tangential) visible light and ultraviolet radiation; with the aid of hand magnifiers, a digital microscope, and infrared reflectography. Samples were taken from the paintings and divided in two parts, one for cross-section examination by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with elemental analysis by EDX, the other part was destined for analysis by FTIR microspectroscopy, GC-MS, HPLC, Raman microscopy and X-ray diffraction.

Prof. Helena Melo's presentation


The third CITAR meeting 2014 took place in the Executives room, on the 28 of April. The speaker was Guilhermina Castro, presenting Psychological Character Creation Processes.
This study is integrated in the project “Narrative and Audiovisual Creation” developed in the scope of the Theory of the Arts research group, in articulation with the Visual and Interactive Art Group. This project places a special emphasis on narrative in Cinema (both fictional and documental) and on Digital Arts, which is a stage for scientific analysis and artistic exploration of creation modes (disruption and linearity, interactivity, omission…), of its components (character, structure, interactor…), and of its relation with the social context (narrative as social expression, effect on the audience…).

Prof. Guilhermina Castro during the presentation


The second CITAR meeting 2014 took place in the Executives room, on the 18th of March. The speakers were:
  • Henrique Pereira with The cultural universe of the poet Guerra Junqueiro: from contradiction to polyphonic Unity
  • Carlos Ruiz with The omission process in the construction of narrative in documentary film: analysis of a case study
  • Pedro Pestana with Automatic Mixing using Adaptive Digital Audio Effects


The first CITAR meeting 2014 took place in the Executives room, on the 25th of February. The speaker was:
PETER BEYLS - Sharing Aesthetic Decision Making with Machines
I am interested in identity, interaction, motivation, autonomy, evolution and responsibility – and how such deep notions could possibly be shared with machines. My talk briefly sketches the scientific and artistic context supporting my work with computational aesthetics. Next, an overview is provided documenting the diversity of the various computational approaches developed over the years. Examples include early rule-based systems to create drawings, distributed musical agencies, alternative control structures in performance and evolutionary computer music. Finally, I would like to address the consequences, challenges and potential of software as expressive medium by developing a discussion on the aesthetic foundations of software as art.
Short biography
Peter Beyls is an interdisciplinary artist, exploring computer programming as a medium for artistic expression; he develops generative systems in music, the visual arts and hybrid formats. He studied at the Royal Music Conservatory Brussels, EMS Stockholm, Ghent University and the Slade School of Art, University College London. Beyls was awarded a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Plymouth, UK for his research in evolutionary computing applied to real-time interactive music systems. He pioneered cellular automata in the field of computer music while at Brussels University AI-Lab. Beyls is a researcher at CITAR, Universidade Católica Portuguese, Porto 

Peter Beyls

CITAR Researchers



07th April 2011
The Paper city: Ornamental engraving of Antwerp and Porto, c. 1565-1725. José Ferrão Afonso
04th March 2011
Materials and Techniques from Painters of Northern Portugal (QREN Project). Maria Aguiar
08th February 2011
Fidelity and infidelity in romantic relationships. Guilhermina Castro



15th November 2010
Developing the ability to perform - Investigating the Field of Higher Education and Development for Learning and Expertise Performing the Double Bass. Florian Pertzborn
26th October 2010
Conditions of interactive film narrative, devices and reception. Carlos Sena Caires
15th June 2010
The teacher-student relationship in one-to-one singing lessons: the Longitudinal Investigation of personality and adult attachment. Sofia Serra
5th May 2010
Public Art: The Information Systems. Antoni Remesar
26th February 2010
Presentation of some lines of research included in the Project Materials and Techniques from Painters of NorthernPortugal, under the Program Reference Framework (NSRF). Joan Salgueiro, Sofia Martinez, Sonia Barros Santos and Ana Maria Aguiar Cudell: Case Studies
26th January 2010
Investigate, inventory and interpret. Design and development of academic and institutional projects. José Guilherme Abreu



15th December 2009
A Computational Framework for Sound Segregation in Music Signals - An Auditory Scene Analysis Approach for Modelling Perceptual Grouping in Music Listening. Luís Gustavo Martins
17th November 2009
Project Materials and Techniques Painters of Northern Portugal (QREN), Ana Calvo and Maria Aguiar - project presentation; Carla Ferreira, Rita Rodrigues and Ana Brito: Case Studies
27th October 2009
Biomechanics of complex cranium-cervical-mandibular pianists in musical performance during. Sofia Lourenço (CITAR) / Miguel Pais Clemente (FMD/UP) / João Carlos Pinho (FMD/UP)
29th September 2009
Fundaments regarding 7º PQ (HOW TO WRITE A PROPOSAL FOR FP7). Luís Teixeira
30th June 2009
The place of theory in the horizon of the arts. Yolanda Espiña
28th May 2009
Ten-Hand Piano: A Networked Music Installation. Álvaro Barbosa
28th April 2009
Characterisation of materials and techniques of polychrome wood sculpture Portuguese on the production of classical and popular production of the baroque era. Carolina Barata
3rd March 2009
Research in paintings with wood support in the Iberian Peninsula. From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic. Ana Calvo
27th January 2009
The DiABlu Project. Jorge Cardoso



25th November 2008
European Piano Schools: National Tendencies regarding Piano. Interpretations in the 20th Century. Sofia Lourenço
23rd September 2008
Orchestra Musicians' physical and psychological conditionings related to their professional activities. Daniela Coimbra
22nd July 2008
Art and Landscape. Laura Castro
25th June 2008
Art, technology and experience - an interface. Cristina Sá
28th May 2008
Geniality and irreverence: pianist and composer Miguel Ângelo Pereira. Ana Liberal
12th March 2008
The image must jump or the alarm of signs: the episcopal city and 16th century intramural Oporto: property, ritual, representation and urban shape. José Ferrão Afonso
29th January 2008
A study on Portuguese musical heritage: Iberian Church instrumental practices in the 16th and 17th centuries (case study). Paulo Estudante and José Abreu