Catarina Sampaio Lab


Catarina Sampaio is a communication designer, artist and researcher, based in Lisbon, active in the fields of new media, HCI human computer interaction and data visualization.

Her design research focuses on data portraits and on the exploration of creative approaches to the visualization of personal data, with a particular interest in visualization systems which are dynamic and therefore capable of producing real-time data portraits.

Catarina is a PhD student at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon, has a master in Communication Design and New Media (2019), a post-graduate degree in New Media and Web Practices (2007), a degree in Graphic and Multimedia Design (2005) and studied Visual Arts in high school.


* This page is exclusively dedicated to my academic research. For professional work, please visit my portfolio here



Projects _


Data Self-Portrait (Ongoing)
The portrait as a symbolic representation of individual identity tends to reflect the social, cultural and technical contexts in which it is created. In the current moment characterized by technological mediation, data portraits appear as forms of portraiture that propose to evocatively represent the identity of individuals, based on personal data generated as a by-product of one’s daily activities, being registered by technological devices of everyday use. These data sets function as a kind of digital fingerprint, unique to each individual and, given this expressive potential, are used as the raw material for the construction of portraits.
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Data Human Portraits (2017)
Nowadays, in a more or less conscious manner, we produce, share, use, and archive immense amounts of data, through web applications and tools embedded in the mobile devices we use on a daily basis. The data we produce are often accessible to Big Data companies that, according to a commercial perspective, aim at establishing consumer profiles. Considering that this kind of approach fails to capture our sensitivity and humanity, Data Human Portraits is defined as an autoethnographic project that resorts to the collection and visualization of personal data as a means of self-observation.

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Publications _


Catarina Sampaio, Luísa Ribas and Pedro Ângelo. 2019.
“Data Portraits as Tools of Self-reflection and Awareness”.
Proceedings of S&S 10th International Conference Senses & Sensibility.
(Accepted for publication).
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Catarina Sampaio, Luísa Ribas and Pedro Ângelo. 2019.
“Data Self-Portrait”.
Proceedings of ARTECH – 9th International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts (ACM Association for Computing Machinery).
(Accepted for publication).
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Catarina Sampaio; Luísa Ribas and Pedro Ângelo. 2019.
Data (self) Portraits: An Approach to the Visualization of Personal Data From an Autoethnographic Perspective”.
Proceedings of xCoAx 2019: 7th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X.
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Catarina Sampaio, Luísa Ribas and Pedro Ângelo. 2019.
“Do Retrato ao Data Portrait  — Visualização de Dados Pessoais e a Reconceptualização do Retrato”.
Proceedings of #18.ART International Meeting of Art and Technology.
(Accepted for publication).
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Catarina Sampaio, Luísa Ribas and Pedro Ângelo. 2019.
Data Self-Portrait: Visualização de Dados Pessoais Segundo uma Perspectiva Auto-etnográfica”.
Proceedings of EnIAD — Encontro de Investigação em Arte e Design.
(Accepted for publication).
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Catarina Sampaio. 2019.
Data Self-Portrait: Visualização de Dados Pessoais Segundo uma Perspectiva Auto-etnográfica”.
Master thesis.
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Oral presentations _


“Data Portraits as Tools of Self-reflection and Awareness”.
To be presented at S&S - 10th International Conference Senses & Sensibility, Lisbon, Portugal.
To be presented on November 2019.
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“Data Self-Portrait”. 
Presented at ARTECH – 9th International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts, Braga, Portugal.
Presented on October 2019.
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“Do Retrato ao Data Portrait  — Visualização de Dados Pessoais e a Reconceptualização do Retrato”.
Presented at #18.ART International Meeting of Art and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal.
Presented on October 2019.
More info ︎

Data Self-Portrait: Visualização de Dados Pessoais Segundo uma Perspectiva Auto-etnográfica”.
Presented at EnIAD — Encontro de Investigação em Arte e Design, Lisbon, Portugal.
Presented on October 2019.
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Data (self) Portraits: An Approach to the Visualization of Personal Data From an Autoethnographic Perspective”.
Presented at xCoAx 2019: 7th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X, Milan, Italy.

Presented on July 2019.
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Data (self) Portrait: Utilização de Processing na Implementação de Data Portraits”.
Presented at Processing Community Day Lisbon.
Organized by the Escola Superior de Arte e Design das Caldas da Rainha, Lisbon.

Presented on January 2019. More info ︎

Data Portraits: Dados Enquanto Matéria Artística”.
Presented at International Congress – Portraiture: Representations and Ways of Being.
Organized by Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea - Museu do Chiado (MNAC), Instituto de História da Arte da Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (IHA-FCSH/NOVA), Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa (FBAUL), Centro de Estudos Humanísticos da Universidade do Minho (CEHUM) and Amigos do Museu do Chiado, Lisbon.

Presented on November 2018.
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Exhibitions _


"Data Self-Portrait".
ARTECH – 9th International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts
Altice Forum, Braga
October 2019
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"Data Self-Portrait".
Medialab Prado, Madrid
Processing Community Day, Madrid
January 2019
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"Data Self-Portrait".
Temp Studio #3 Open Day
Espaço TODOS, Lisbon

November 2018
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"Data Human Portraits".  
The Data, the Web, the App
Fabrica Features, Lisbon

June 2018
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Residencies _


Temp Studio #3
Espaço TODOS, Lisbon

November 2018
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