Joana Chicau

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  • Independent Researcher, Digital Designer, and Coder


  • Rotterdam, Netherlands the



  • Joana Chicau is a graphic designer, researcher and coder, with a background in choreography and performance, currently based in The Netherlands.

    Her methodolgy explores how design and coding practices interfere deeper with interface design and information displays — when considering choreographic thinking, embodiment and new movement perception possibilities.

    Joana privileges the use of Free-Libre Open Source software, and projects are delivered across multiple media: websites and online platforms, to printed books and publications, performative events and space design.

    She has been collaborating with various international practitioners in the fields of art, design and technology on both commissioned and self-initiated projects. Recent collaborations include The Slow Research Lab, Hackers & Designers in Amsterdam, Replica.Institute in Berlin and Constant in Brussels.

    Since 2016 she runs an interdisciplinary project dedicated to researching and experimenting with phy-gital (aka physical & digital) guided by a choreographic framework and visual communication tools as a way to think relevant to the complexity of the algorithmic landscape and data-driven society.

    Chicau has been lecturing, facilitating workshops and presenting in various international events and schools: ArtEZ University of the Arts department of Interior Architecture; Integrated Digital Media at New York University, Digital Aesthetics and Software Studies at Aarhus University to name a few.

    She is a member of Center for Everyday Technology and co-founder of Netherlands Coding Live.