Art-Science Residency Programme

Bridges to the Unknown hosts an art-science residency programme, inviting artists to work in synergy with researchers and health professionals from the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown. The interdisciplinary research and creation process resulting from the residencies will be shared with the public in different formats.

Art-Science Residency 2023-2024

Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz (Portugal) are a duo of independent dancers and choreographers. They began collaborating in 2006 on the research and creation of performances that have since been presented in over 17 countries. Words, voice, sound and objects, have become the focus of their research, thus throwing another light on the connection between movement and gesture. In 2011 they were awarded the Prix Jardin d'Europe and given the first place of Aerowaves Spring Forward 13 for their performance Um gesto que não passa de uma ameaça ("A gesture that is nothing but a threat"), which questions the hierarchy between words and movement.

Since they started collaborating, they had the support of different structures such as Bomba suicida in 2009-2016 and they were associated artists from O espaço do tempo in 2009-2016 and from Materiais Diversos in 2012-2016. They received support from various European Networks such as Looping, TRANSFER, Open Latitudes, Modul Dance, ONDA and Départs.

Sofia Dias & Vitor Roriz


Nico Espinoza (Chile) is a sound artist currently based in Lisbon. His artwork critically explores the socio-political tensions between universal abstraction and local experience present in the contemporary discourses on cognition, ecology and technology. His collaborative sound pieces, designs, technologies and installations have been exhibited in multiple countries.

He holds an M.A. in Sound Studies and Sonic Arts from the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK Berlin) and an M.Sc. in Electronics from the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María (Valparaíso, Chile), and is currently enrolled in the inter-university Digital Media PhD program between Nova University of Lisbon, University of Lisbon and University of Porto.

Nico Espinoza


Art-science Residency 2022

Tupac Martir (Mexico) is an artist and founder of Satore Studio. He’s a multimedia artist whose work spans the fields of technology, lighting, projection and video, sound design, music, and composition, as well as choreography and costumes. Vogue has described him as ‘the visual designer and creative director behind some of the most important events in the world’. He has provided production design, visuals and lighting direction for the likes of Elton John, Beyoncé, Danny Boyle, the Coachella Music & Arts Festival and Serpentine Gallery. Tupac is renowned within the fashion industry and has worked on ground-breaking shows for Alexander McQueen, Moschino, Alexander Wang, and Thomas Tait, among others. More recently, Tupac has Directed and produced the award-winning performative reality piece "Cosmos Within Us".

He performed an artistic residency at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown from October 2021 until December 2022, presenting his previous work Cosmos Within Us and creating the installation Haita.

Clo Bourgard (Portugal) is a visual artist and curator, who works mainly with sculptures and installations. She has worked as director of the CB Concept Art gallery before being a full-time artist, developing research in the area of materials and resins in her studio in Estoril, where she paints and sculpts. Her work is considered to be Expressionist and it is represented in several private collections and Museums. During the last 20 years, she took part in more than 50 individual and collective exhibitions, both at national and international level, in art spaces such as Museu da Carris, Fundação PT, Galeria Rosso Tissiano, LX Factory, Centro Cultural de Belém, Centro Cultural Grandella, Museu Teixeira Gomes, Centro Cultural da Malaposta e Museu de Arte Contemporânea in Ourém. She was invited to give an interview on the subject of the exhibition “Dangerous connections” and “Macho alfa” by Expresso newspaper. 

She performed an artistic residency at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown from October 2021 until December 2022, creating the exhibition Insight Inside.

Art-Science Residency Programme


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