CITAR is committed to the development of artistic research informed by practices and concepts inscribed in human-driven impulses of our postdigital era, the challenges and possibilities of the digital arts and humanities, in tandem with the complexity of analogue art forms and technologies. Pressing issues in the digital and traditional arts and humanities have stimulated our commitment to inquiries and goals articulated in four focus-based areas: Sound and Music, New Media Art, Cinema and Cinematic Art, and Heritage and Conservation-Restoration. The Center presently hosts 46 integrated members and 48 collaborators.



Director: Eduarda Vieira
Vice-Director: Daniel Ribas


Strategic Plan

Our planned activities for the 2018-22 cycle reinforce our commitment to artistic research given the urgency of an informed discourse about the relevance of art to current debates and practices. We organize our contributions in 6 major interdisciplinary inquiries:

  1. Artistic Gest(ure): to better understand why gesture is a crucial human element in expression, embodiment, sense and empathy induction.
  2. The Present in our Past: to better understand how our evolving present(ist) condition influences our renewed visions and hearings of past artistic achievements.
  3. Practices in Contemporary Creation: to foster mechanisms of art creation through a better understanding of narrative strategies, and the functioning of intuition.
  4. Sustainable Conservation: to develop methodologies and digital applications in response to the challenges of geriatric and gentrification culture consumption, tourism, and climate change.
  5. Audience Development and Diversity: to study the conditions and foster the opportunities for audience development through artistic “encounters” as a research agenda.
  6. Preservation of Digital Art: to contribute in the launching of a field-shaping incubator for this emerging area.


The overall strategic plan grounding our contributions and outputs aims to target and consistently secure our visibility at the international level as a reference center for science and technology of the arts dedicated to interdisciplinary, art-based theory and practice research. Specifically, we plan:

  • To more vigorously stimulate our national and international networks and partnerships.
  • To devote leadership and participation efforts in projects, publications, and other outputs of international scope and impact.
  • To promote actions of outgoing and incoming academic staff and research mobility.
  • To reinforce our advanced training programs in articulation with the School of the Arts.
  • To improve the channeling of our technology and knowledge transfer activities.
  • To promote initiatives dedicated to foster communication and cultural impact of research dissemination to non-scientific communities.
  • To organize a number of venues, which build on our national and international networks.
  • To foster artistic creation as research, by developing a vigorous incoming policy of scientific and artistic revitalization.


CITAR Advisory Board
Thomas Elsaesser, University of Amsterdam - Netherlands
Teresa Cruz, Universidade Nova de Lisboa - Portugal
Gerfried Stocker, Ars Electronica - Austria
Pedro Rebelo, Queen's University Belfast - Ireland
A. Elena Charola, Smithsonian Institution - Museum Conservation Institute . USA


CITAR Board of Directors 

  • January 2018 - August 2019
    • Director: Cristina Sá
    • Assistant Directors: Daniel Ribas, Eduarda Vieira, José Oliveira Martins, Nuno Crespo
  • February 2016
    • Director: Pedro Duarte Pestana
    • Assistant Director: Cristina Alves de Sá
  • February 2016
    • Director: Pedro Duarte Pestana
    • Assistant Director: Cristina Alves de Sá
  • January 2014 - January 2016
    • Director: Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa
    • Assistant Director: José Carlos Frade
    • Assistant Director: Sahra Kunz
  • October 2011 - December 2013
    • Director: Gonçalo de Vasconcelos e Sousa
    • Assistant Director: Laura Castro
    • Assistant Director: Luís Gustavo Martins
  • December 2006 - September 2011
    • Director: Joaquim Azevedo
    • Sub-Director: Luís Teixeira
  • January 2006 - November 2006:
    • Director: Paulo Ferreira-Lopes
    • Sub-Director: Luís Teixeira
  • June 2004 - December 2005:
    • Director: Francisco Carvalho Guerra
    • Sub-Director: Luís Teixeira
    • Executive Sub-Director: Paulo Ferreira-Lopes