CV

(updated October 2017)

Marcos Pereira Dias
Email: marcos[dot]dias[at]mu.ie
Twitter: @mpdias
Website: http://www.lightartworks.com

 

EDUCATION

February 2010 – December 2015
PhD Arts – Media and Communications Program
Title of thesis: Rethinking Urban Space Through Mediated Performance
Thesis includes ethnographic research on a participatory performance by artist collective Blast Theory (United Kingdom).
Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Scott McQuire and Prof. Nikos Papastergiadis
School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia

October 2008 – September 2009
MSc with Distinction in Interactive Digital Media
Title of dissertation: Digital Interactive Narratives in Public Spaces: Reclaiming the Public Sphere
Supervisor: Mark O’Halloran
Final project: http://www.museumbuilding.org/cube.html
School of Computer Science and Statistics (SCSS), Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

September 2007 – June 2008
BA (Hons) with First Class Honours in Digital Media Design and Production
School of Business, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland

February 1990 – July 1995
Bachelors Degree in Architecture and City Planning
Weighted Average Grade: 78.6%
Faculty of Architecture and Urban Studies, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

 

TEACHING, RESEARCH AND POSTGRADUATE SUPERVISION 

September 2016 onwards
Lecturer in Media Studies
Department of Media Studies, Maynooth University
Duties include coordination of modules, lectures and tutorials. I am co-coordinator of the Masters in Critical and Creative Media, First Year Coordinator and member of the PhD Review Committee. I am currently coordinator and lecturer of the following modules: MD170–Principles and Practices of Screen Design and MD217– Human Computer Interaction

September 2013– August 2016
Assistant Lecturer and Programme Director of BA (Hons) in Communications in Creative Media, School of Informatics and Creative Arts
Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk, Ireland
Duties included programme administration and promotion, coordination and supervision of group projects and dissertations, programmatic review and preparing and delivering lectures and tutorials for a variety of design and media studies modules. I was the coordinator for the final group project for third year Communications in Creative Multimedia students. Prior to my appointment as programme director I was the first year convenor for the Multimedia Web Development programme.

Selection of modules taught in DkIT: Advanced Multimedia (Photoshop, Flash and Content Management Systems), The Social Context of Technology (theory), Multimedia Practical Project Development (final year group project supervision),  Introduction to Web Authoring (HTML5 and CSS3), Current Issues and Theories in the Creative Industry (theory), 3D Studies (3D Studio Max) and Personal Development (theory).

June 2013 – August 2013
Final Project Supervisor – MSc Interactive Digital Media (TRS51)
School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Supervised the final collaborative projects of two student groups involving an interactive installation in Trinity’s Front Square and a photography-based Android app. Duties included meeting groups on a weekly basis and attending presentation meetings.

May 2013 – July 2013
Lecturer and Tutor Digital Media Industry and Future Trends module
Digital Skills Academy, Dublin, Ireland
Prepared and delivered six lectures for 100 students. Part of the WebElevate programme that reskills graduate jobseekers to work in the digital media industry. Duties also included the preparation of workshops and assessment.

April 2013 – July 2013
Research Assistant – Australia Research Council (ARC) funded project: An Investigation of the Early adoption and Appropriation of High-Speed Broadband in the Domestic Environment
Research Contractor: Dr. Michael Arnold – The School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne
Commissioned to write co-authored paper about social impact of high-speed broadband household adoption. Paper published in Media International Australia (MIA) n. 151 (May 2014) – Broadband Futures: Content, Connectivity and Control
Title of paper: Asynchronous speeds: disentangling the discourse of ‘high speed broadband’ in relation to Australia’s National Broadband Network

June 2012 – September 2012
Final Project Supervisor – MSc Interactive Digital Media (TRS51)
School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Supervised the final collaborative projects of two student groups. Students developed an interactive online interface and an Android app using as main theme the open spaces of Trinity College’s campus. Duties included meeting groups on a weekly basis and attending presentation meetings.

February 2011 – June 2011
Subject Coordinator, Lecturer and Tutor – Net Communication (MECM20003)
Faculty of Arts, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia Administrated and taught 260 undergraduate students (second year onwards). Duties included hiring and coordinating tutors, student administration, preparing twelve two-hour lectures, twelve one-hour tutorials and marking essays and practical assignments

 July 2010 – October 2010
Tutor – Communication Technology in Context (ACC2001)
Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia
Prepared and delivered twelve one-hour tutorials for 60 (second and third year) undergraduate students. Duties included marking exams and term papers.
Course coordinator: Dr. Mark Coté

 

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

May 2013
RIPE (Réseaux IP Européens) Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI)
Recipient of the inaugural RIPE Academic Cooperation Initiative (RACI) Fellowship. Gave presentation during Plenary Session of RIPE 66 Meeting entitled Australia’s Project for Universal Broadband Access: from Policy to Potential
RIPE 66 Meeting, Dublin, Ireland

February 2012
Gene Burd Track on Media and Urban Life Award
Paper selected for the inaugural Gene Burd Track for the 42nd Conference of the Urban Affairs Association
Urban Affairs Association, Pittsburgh, USA

March 2010
Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) Top-Up Scholarship Award  Awarded scholarship for researching new forms of social interaction through universal broadband access in public spaces
Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES), University of Melbourne, Australia

December 2009
Melbourne International Research Scholarship (MIRS) and Melbourne International Fee Remission Scholarship (MIFRS) Awards
School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne, Australia

September 2009
First student to be awarded a distinction in the MSc Interactive Digital Media course
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

June 2008
Derek Hill Award 2008 for Most Creative Design Student
Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland

 

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

Dias, Marcos P. (forthcoming – August 2019) ‘Navigating the machine-city: power distribution and the ordinary citizen’. Abstract accepted for special issue of the International Communication Gazette entitled ‘Complexity of Power in the Smart City’.

Dias, Marcos P. (2016) ‘A Critique Of Participation In The Digitally-Mediated City Through Mixed Reality Performance Event’ pp.116-125 in Sarah Sparke and Graham Cairns (eds) 2016, Digital Cultural Ecology and the Medium Sized City, Architecture MPS Proceedings Series 6, Bristol, 1-3 April 2016, http://architecturemps.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/AMPS-Proceedings-6-Mediated-Cities-Digital-Ecology.pdf

Dias, Marcos Pereira et al. (2014) ‘Asynchronous speeds: disentangling the discourse of high speed broadband in relation to Australia’s National Broadband Network’, Media International Australia n. 151, http://www.uq.edu.au/mia/forthcoming- issues

Dias, Marcos Pereira (2012) ‘Australia’s project for universal broadband access: From policy to social potential’, First Monday 17(9), http://www.uic.edu/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/4114/3299

Dias, Marcos Pereira (2012) ‘A Machine to See With (and Reflect Upon): Interview with Blast Theory Artists Matt Adams and Nick Tandavanitj, Liminalities: Journal of Performance Studies 8(1), http://liminalities.net/8-1/blast-theory.html

 Dias, Marcos (2011) ‘The Converging Worlds of ‘Surfing the Web’ and the Sport of Surfing’ pp. 63-70 in Offord B & Garbutt, R (eds) 2011, A scholarly affair: proceedings of the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia 2010 national conference, Byron Bay, NSW 7-9 December 2010, http://epubs.scu.edu.au/sass_pubs/715/

Dias, Marcos (2009) ‘Spatial Awareness and Exploration of the Museum Building’, Parsons Journal For Information Mapping, 1(4), http://piim.newschool.edu/journal/issues/2009/04/pdfs/ParsonsJournalForInformationMap ping_Dias-Marcos.pdf

 

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Dias, Marcos P. (2015) ‘Book Review: Media and the City: Cosmopolitanism and Difference’, in Cultural Sociology 9(2), pp.276-277, http://cus.sagepub.com/content/9/2/276.extract

Dias, Marcos P. (2015) ‘Rethinking Urban Space Through Mediated Performance’, Research Focus (2nd edition), Dundalk Institute of Technology

Dias, Marcos (2011) ‘Digital Performance in Networked Public Spaces: Situating the Posthuman Subject’, ISEA 2011, http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu/paper/digital-performance- networked-public-spaces-situating-posthuman-subject

PRACTICAL SKILLS

Web Design and Programming: comprehensive knowledge of HTML5, CSS3, Dreamweaver, jQuery, WordPress, digital image editing and usability issues.

3D Design, Animation and Interactive Design: knowledge of CAD design, modelling and rendering using 3D Studio Max. Knowledge of Flash-based animation and Actionscript.

Audio and Video : knowledge of video production using Final Cut Pro. Knowledge of sound sampling and the use of MIDI and synthesisers with Logic Pro.

Photography: comprehensive knowledge of digital photography production and editing using DSLR cameras, flashguns and Photoshop.

Sensor technologies and interactive installations: knowledge of Processing, Pure Data (PD), Arduino boards and sensor technologies.

Graphic Design: highly proficient with Illustrator and Photoshop for image manipulation, branding and typography.

Languages and other qualifications: fluent English and Portuguese speaker, working knowledge of Spanish and basic understanding of French. Full Irish driving license category B.

 

RECENT WORK AND COLLABORATIVE PRACTICES

14 July 2012
Dublin Mini maker Faire participant
Science Gallery, Dublin.
Built and showcased Dynolamp, an interactive lamp consisting of RGB LED lights controlled by an Arduino Board via an accelerometer sensor.

December 2011 – June 2012
Recyclism Hacklab member
Hacklab, Dublin.
Worked in a collaborative group on experimental electronic art projects including the use of sensors, actuators, Arduino boards and open source programming software such as Processing, Pure Data and Google Sketchup.

April 2010 – April 2011
Editorial Board Member
Platform Journal of Media and Communication, University of Melbourne, Australia
Redesigned the journal’s website in September 2010. Created new design layout including logo, posters and invitations, attended board meetings and updated online issues.

September 2009 – November 2009
Designing Dublin: Learning to Learn project Designing Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
One of ten individuals selected to participate in pilot project run by Design Twentyfirst Century in partnership with Dublin City Council, Creative Dublin Alliance and KaosPilots from Aarhus, Denmark. Researched, invented and prototyped solutions for a project based on social innovation in North Dublin as part of a multidisciplinary collaborative team.

 

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