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Cicero da Silva

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Cicero da Silva
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Professor Cicero da Silva.
BornNovo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
🏳️ NationalityBrazil
💼 Occupation
🏅 AwardsDigital Communities Honorary Mention, Prix Ars Electronica (2010)


Cicero da Silva (full name Cicero Inacio da Silva), according to Itaú Cultural Encyclopedia[1] was raised in Rio Grande do Sul from a Brazilian family of German descent and started studying philosophy and psychology in São Leopoldo.

Cicero is a interdisciplinary researcher and professor in the field of digital media technologies applied to science, culture, arts, health and media. Currently he is Visiting Professor at the Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination and at the Speculative Design major at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) – supported by a FAPESP grant, an associate member of the Cultural Analytics Lab at the City University of New York (CUNY) led by digital media researcher Lev Manovich and serves as a member on the Interdisciplinary Assessment Committee of the Canada Foundation for Innovation. George Landow (professor), in his latest book Hypertext 3.0[2] stated that Cicero's work Plato Online is one of the "...most exciting projects and published examples of hypermedia".


Currently Cicero is a faculty member of the Open University at the Federal University of Sao Paulo (Unifesp). Since 2006, he coordinates Brazil’s Software Studies initiative and the Walkingtools Lab[3], both affiliated with the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and CUNY.

He was Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego (between 2006-2010 – supported with a grant from CAPES agency – Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel), where he developed his postdoctoral research about Ted Nelson, inventor of the Hypertext and Hypermedia concepts and sponsored by Noah Wardrip-Fruin (digital media, software studies and games author and researcher) and at Brown University (2005 – grant from CAPES), where he did part of his PhD research affiliated with George Landow, Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Roberto Simanowski. He was a visiting professor at the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts (CRCA) – University of California, San Diego (UCSD) between 2008 and 2010. In 2006 Cicero developed a research at the MediaLab Prado about netart and digital media. In 2001 he was a researcher at the University of Porto, where he developed a research about Hypermedia language. In 2011 he was a visiting researcher at the Centro Multimedia at CENART in Mexico City. Cicero is one of the organizers of CineGrid Brasil. Cicero da Silva holds a B.Sc. degree in Psychology and Master and Ph.D. degrees in Semiotics and communication.

Research activities[edit]

Cicero organized the first streaming of a laser ophthalmic surgery using a camera capable of capturing 1000 frames per second in 4K (Phantom) and the first transmission of 4K ophthalmic surgery, transmitted over a 10 Gbps network from the Department of Ophthalmology of the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) to the School of Medicine at the University of São Paulo (FMUSP). Cicero also carried out the first network cinema streaming with 4K technology in the world, working with a team of more than 60 researchers around the world to send a ultra-defined film from Brazil to the USA and Japan (2009) during FILE (Electronic Language International Festival). He has produced science films in 4K 3D technology, including 2014k (screened during the 2010 Football World Cup in Johannesburg), Openmouthed (4k, 2015), Pixel Race (4k, 2014), EstereoEnsaios (filmed in 4K 3D, 2011) and EstereoEnsaios São Paulo (4K 3D, 2017).

In the digital media art field, he produced extensively Art & Technology pieces based on the use of the Internet (the so called “netart” field in late 1990’s and beginning of 2000’s), such as the 2000’s Plato Online project, which was considered by the specialized art & technology field one of the first explorations on the deep problems related to the so called "hoaxes" on Internet. The project developed bots that produced millions of texts and spread them on the Internet, creating a debate about how to trust in online texts published in websites and blogs. Afterwards, Cicero started a long time collaboration with media artists related the use of locative media art, producing several pieces with the use of the first GPS enable cell phones. The first piece developed with a GPS was called GPSArt. The artwork was an applet (as app’s were called in 2004) designed to be connected to Google Maps, recording all the movements of the user of the cell phone and creating lines over the maps. In the same field, Cicero developed the works GPSFace, a social network based on the location of the user, the HiperGps and HiperGeo projects, that created a platform for media artists to develop their own locative media projects by associating digital media artifacts (film, music and animations) to a latitude and longitude. In the locative media field he also started a collaboration with the artist Brett Stalbaum. Together they developed the project Walkingtools (nowadays a Lab based at UCSD). The Walkingtools project became a source for teaching digital media students how to use locative media, as is the case of several activist projects that were based on the technology, such as the Immigrant Transborder Tool[4] and the Gun Geo Marker project. Currently Cicero and Brett are running a project called Calzona Collective, where they are developing several media projects based on the use of computer electronics and sensors, such as Arduino’s, Rapsberry Pi’s, Orange Pi’s and supercomputer theories to address issues such as distributed computation, sensor networks, creative code and art and education using computational power. The Calzona Collective is also debating the problem related to gentrification and the use of land by acquiring on Ebay very cheap lots in the California desert.

As a researcher, he was a founder member of the Software Studies Lab at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) under the leadership of Lev Manovich, Jeremy Douglass and Noah Wardrip-Fruin. The lab was the first to address the cultural challenges posed be the intensive use of software by contemporary societies around the globe. Nowadays the group moved to CUNY and is called Cultural Analytics Lab.

In the digital media arts festivals field, Cicero spent 10 years as Chair of the Scientific Board of the Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica (FILE Symposium Festival) and led from 2006 to 2008 the FILE Labo, the first experimental media Lab in Brazil. During this period, FILE hosted more than 30 symposiums, with more than 500 speakers from more than 25 countries.

Cicero is a member of the editorial board of the Software Studies Series (MIT Press), Future Generation Computer Systems journal and editor of SoftCult Review Journal. Cicero is fluent in most of the computer programming languages and organized and taught several seminars about creative coding, such as the OpenFrameworks workshop in 2008 with Zachary Lieberman at UCSD, the first Processing workshops in Brazil in 2003 at the Catholic University of São Paulo, among others.

Selected bibliography[edit]


Digital Communities honorary mention for the Digital Art curatorship of the Brazilian Digital Culture Forum at the Prix Ars Electronica 2010.


  1. "Cicero Inacio da Silva". Itaú Cultural Encyclopedia. Feb 23, 2017.
  3. Siqueira, Paulo (May 19, 2010). "Walkingtools". Folha de São Paulo.
  4. "California Artists Create GPS Tool to Enable Illegal Immigration". Fox News. Dec 29, 2009.

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