António Silveira Gomes

António Silveira Gomes, Portugal. B.1971. South Africa. Studied Graphic Design (1991-92) in Johannesburg. Finished studying in Lisbon (1996) co-founded studio barbara says… (c.1997). PhD (2017) in Contemporary Art/Design Studies, currently lecturer at ESAD.CR, and guest lecturing. Works closely with cultural institutions, biennials, theatres, museums, galleries, filmmakers, publishers, artists and social innovators. Through professional and academic practice, as curator and research author, currently working in order to develop reflection concerning design practice and theory. Ciência Vitae

Mafalda Dâmaso

PhD in Visual Culture, Goldsmiths, University of London. Mafalda’s research investigates the intersections between culture, policy and international relations with a particular interest in the European Union. Currently, Mafalda is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London and a Lecturer in the Institut Catholique de Paris. Additionally, she is a 2019–2021 Research Fellow with the Centre on Public Diplomacy of the University of Southern California. Previously, among other roles, she was Lecturer at King’s College London, Culture and Foreign Policy Expert at the German Institute of Foreign Cultural Relations, led with Cultural Action Europe a research project on the European status of artists and cultural workers for the European Parliament, and worked as expert for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

Luís Alegre, Vice-Director

Graduate in Painting, PhD in Design. Lives and works in Lisbon, developing artistic and design work as well as editor / publisher and educator. Since the second half of the 1990s, he has been developing projects that cross multiple disciplines, relating design, video, editing/publishing artist books and installations. Professor in the undergraduate courses of Cinema, Photography and Animation Cinema at the Lusófona University of Lisbon until February 2014. Professor in the MA Multimedia Design at the Architecture University of Coimbra (College of Arts) until September 2016. Creative director of Ideias com Peso, communication design studio; art director of LeYa publishing group (school area); owner and publisher of Stolen Books; chief editor and art director of CABIDE – The Live Magazine. Director of DELLI (Design Lusófona Lisboa); Director, BA Communication Design, at the Film and Media Arts Department. Ciência Vitae

Rita Carvalho, Vice-Director

PhD in Design with a thesis addressing racial issues in Portuguese illustration from Estado Novo (University of Lisbon, funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology). MA in Visual Arts with dissertation crossing medieval Marginalia and contemporary graffiti (University of Évora). BA in Communication Design (University of Porto) with Erasmus Exchange at Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam, NL. Teaches illustration, drawing and printing related subjects at Lusófona University and is an integrated member of COW – Center for Other Worlds, Lusófona University. Her main topics of interest and research include visual narratives, social and racial representations, medieval illumination and letterpress. Rita also practices as an illustrator/ graphic artist, participating as an author in multiple publications and events. Ciência Vitae

Silvio Lorusso, Vice-Director, OW Editor​

Silvio Lorusso’s work focuses on the cultures and rhetorical regimes embedded in techno-social systems. His practice combines various media such as video, website, artist’s book, installation, lecture. This activity is further stimulated by writing essays, curating exhibitions and organizing public programs. In 2018 he published his first book entitled Entreprecariat. Silvio Lorusso is an assistant professor and vice-director of the Centre for Other Worlds at the Lusófona University in Lisbon, a creative coding tutor at the Royal Academy of Art in Den Haag and a lecturer at the Design Department of the Sandberg Institute. He is a member of Varia, the Center for Everyday Technology, as well as part of the editorial board of Italian graphic design magazine Progetto Grafico. Ciência Vitae

Bianca Elzenbaumer, Vice-Director

Bianca Elzenbaumer is a design researcher based in the Italian Alps. She completed her doctorate at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2014 with a research on precarious working conditions and on how to mobilise design to undo them. She holds an MA in Communication Art & Design from the Royal College of Art and an MA (1st level) in Mediation and International Peacebuilding from the University of Bologna. Elzenbaumer is a founding member of the design practice Brave New Alps and coordinates the Alpine Community Economies Lab, which she established between 2019-2021 during her Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship at Eurac Research (IT). Since summer 2021, she is also co-president of CIPRA International, an environmental NGO spanning the alpine arc and doing work at grassroots as well as at governmental level. Her 40-year research plan focuses on supporting and creating community economies and commons starting from the places she lives in. Ciência Vitae

Francisco Laranjo, Director

Francisco Laranjo is a graphic designer and researcher. PhD in design methods and criticism from the University of the Arts London and an MA in Visual Communication from the Royal College of Art. His writings have been published on Design Observer, Eye, Creative Review, Grafik, Eye on Design, Público, among others. He has been a visiting and guest lecturer at the Sandberg Institute (NL), CalArts (US), Royal College of Art, London College of Communication (UK), Zürich University of the Arts, University of the Arts Bern (Switzerland) and speaker at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Austria), University of South Australia (AUS), University of the Arts Split (Croatia), University of Porto, University of Lisbon (Portugal), among others. He is an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, editor of the journal Modes of Criticism, Co-director of the Shared Institute, Assistant Professor of Design at Lusófona University and Director of the Center for Other Worlds. Ciência Vitae