HoMy Self!

Horácio Tomé Marques {1 May 1960}

• Researcher / Student* {currently pursuing a PhD in digital media – PDMD, University of Porto, Portugal | UT Austin, Texas, USA};
• Teacher {College of Music, Image Arts and Performing Arts, ESMAE};
• Designer {graphic, communication, multimedia}, Creative and Art Director at iFuturo and µARTs};
• Author {mostly co-author…};
• Visual Artist {“Look ma, No Hands!!!”… Look ma, With Hands!!!};
• Musician {guitar, fingerstyle… Hear ma, With Hands!!!}.
›› Please read HoMy Why!…

* My thesis work is Music, Reason and/or Emotion - Understanding and exploring through BCI (Brain Computer Interface) the duality/unity of determinant constituents of human behavior and condition — or the brain potentials generated by the dynamics between music, reasoning and emotions in the context of performative arts practice.

It is a practice based research which I am working for many years, last almost three of which within this doctoral program. It follows a dual framework:
›› an empirical scientific approach where with the help of colleagues from neurosciences I am researching on brain-waves, synchronization, phase-lock, oscillators, harmonic oscillators, oscillations, driven oscillations, driven synchronization, resonance, synergy potentiation;
›› an artistic approach where my concerns and artworks (e.g., live visuals) are anchored in the empirical processes of decoding the dynamics of the potentials occurring in the brain in ecological performative arts contexts.

Interests on:

- human potentials –bio electrical, specially brain— generated in various contexts and various art practices;
- music, drawing, painting, dance, theatre;
- acoustics, psycho-acoustics, sound synthesis, sound decoding;
- study & play: traditions, new-directions {written and improvised} ; ear & study: classical, jazz;
- 3D and 2D digital image synthesis, virtual and immersive audio visual environments, multimedia technologies.
- impact of digital media and computer technologies in humans;
- relationships and interactions between humans and machines;

- planet, universe, energy;
- life phenomena and meaning.


›› Co-founder and Art Director of iFuturo.net, a company dedicated to communication design and advanced interactive multimedia — e.g. virtual visualization, virtual presence, interactive panoramic photography and video — with special focus on the needs of heritage dissemination and promotion,  museology and exhibitions (art and culture).

›› Co-founder and co-director of Legato, Arte e Guitarra, a music culture association based on the North of Portugal, which promotes and organizes studies, concerts, festivals and other events on behalf of the Guitar (classical, contemporary, jazz, traditions and new approaches).

›› Co-founder and Art Director of µARTs, a transdisciplinary research project shared between two researchers of the PDMD  (FEUP – Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal | UT Austin, Texas, USA) that are pursuing projects where human emotional and rational phenomena are empirically studied via brain potentials analysis and two other researchers of the FPCEUP (Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of Porto University) that pursue similar projects on their specific scientific fields. The group μARTs — from μ (read mu) wave  (a specific brain wave) — designs and produces scientific and artistic projects and experiences aiming at answering specific questions of each researcher project(s), but in an broader, transversal, transdisciplinary and integrative form and purpose.

›› Insider of the collective Inside Music Machine. A shared project with three colleagues — two professional musicians and one engineer, also researcher at FEUP – Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. The project pursues a performative original model that combines music, performative act and the thermic and electric potential of the human body generated during — and as an outcome of — the performative act (Inside Music Machine : The Outside, The Inside and The Music). It brings to the stage the scientific tools (and the laboratory) used for research – e.g., thermography camera (IR), brain-computer interface (BCI/EEG). Proposes to explore the representation and amplification (e.g., visualization) of those human phenomena in an artistic way but based on the use of the potentials, either metaphorically sometimes literally with the ultimate aim of generate, produce and perform original art.

›› Long time member of GESTO, a cooperative established in 1998 that has become one of the most iconic art and culture interventionist projects in Porto (for more than 25 years). Gesto was behind hundreds of exhibitions, fairs and art auctions, concerts, etc., always based on a strong relationship with the academy, with the city, with other national and international associations, with renowned artists and also young and emergent ones. Gesto was at the origin of movements such as Identidades, with promotes and creates intercultural initiatives with Portuguese-speaking countries.

›› Co-founder and board member of APNF - Associação Portuguesa de Neurofeedback e Neurotecnologia the portuguese association for the promotion and/of dissemination of science – theories, research and practices — within the scope of neurofeedback and neurotechnology innovation. It also aims to facilitate the organization of a network of technicians who might be interested in those areas of knowledge and activity, such as clinical applications, and might also support programs of r&d and investment.

{this page is updated time-to-time: last update › October, 10, 2015}

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Gravitating Waves in My Mind

Pinnacles of Universe Creativity

Powerful tool of the human ingenuity
Also fed by imagination, it is creativity
Artists and scientists flowing processes
Insight, curiosity, synthesis, observation
Curiosity, observation, insight, synthesis

Un-obvious things together proposing putting
New sights on mesmerising things, defying
Putting together things that has to be together
Even if obvious they might be, I mean
The only way mesmerising things can be seen

The most valuable, extraordinary lesson, maybe
We should get from this marvelous discovery
The ultimate mesmerising wonderful things
Are of the universe, himself, creativity


Horácio Tomé-Marques
Friday, the 12th February 2016
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The oscillations of trust!

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

{this is not a post} One day I and two friends exchanged a conversation where we discussed the “probability” that we, humans, are a kind of immortal souls that can return to physicality and, as such, our age could be different from the bodies that host us. So, some could be “old” souls that are already around for sometime.

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Brain: the ultimate enactive interface?

{a posteriori: Brain: the ultimate enactive interface?}  Eshofuni@TheAbyss is a multidisciplinary project/performance embracing art, communication design and programming, that proposes an approach towards real-time representation of brain phenomena in performative art contexts using brain-computer interface. The Abyss is an ecologic system inhabited by entities and constituents with graphic and sonic forms — inspired by creatures that form the plankton phenomenon (e.g., zoids) — that interact between themselves and with Eshofuni qua performer ́s avatar. (…)

A paper* and a performance presented @ INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces 2014

Horácio Tomé-Marques, Tiago Ângelo, João Menezes
and Bruce Pennycook and Miguel Carvalhais

*ISBN: 978-989-746-060-9

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Eshofuni – from the unseen to the s[cr]een!

{a priori: Eshō-funi} is a japanese Buddhist term: esho is a compound of shoho, meaning life or a living being, and eho, its environment. Funi, meaning “not two,” indicates oneness or non-duality. It is short for nini-funi, which means “two (in phenomena) but not two (in essence).” Ho of shoho and eho means reward or effect. At the most fundamental level of life itself, there is no separation between ourselves and the environment.

From the unseen to the s[cr]een EshoFuni, an approach towards real-time representation of brain data

Horácio Tomé-Marques, João Meneses, Bruce Pennycook and Miguel Carvalhais

ISBN: 978-989-746-036-4

Abstract. In this paper we propose(d) an approach towards real-time representation of brain (…)
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Deus ex machina ou ex digito?


{isto não é um post} O conceito da vida como radicado na abstracção das equações, dos algoritmos, da matemática não só como meio de explicação, mas como de veiculação, e mesmo de essência única, é um pensamento milenar, recorrente, persistente, que até já propôs que o universo, antes do big-bang, poderia ser não matéria, mas uma equação—o verdadeiro paradigma da abstracção, a matéria como “coisa” exclusivamente conceptual, ou o afísico como condição primordial de todas as coisas, do tangível e mesmo do intangível.

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Cérebro, uma super rede de pequenas redes.


{in Ensaio: Redes, Ritmos, Sincronia e Sinergia*} Vivemos numa idade das redes [Sporns]. Mais do que evidenciar este postulado poderia propor que vivemos numa era que em finalmente começamos a entender que vivemos baseados em redes, e mesmo que a evolução do homem e dos sistemas que o suportam dependem destas.

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Ir ao futuro?… não custa nada tentar (outra vez).


{isto não é um post} Desde muito jovem, quando definia objectivos e projectava realidades futuras, sabia que aquelas poderiam não se realizar — pelo menos a curto prazo. Todavia isso nunca me impediu de, insistentemente, perseguir a hipótese de consumar a sua realização.

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