Reboot Fest

When we install a new application on a computer, it is often necessary to reboot the system. This happens because the computer cannot handle files while being used (by the operating system or other programs). These files (thoughts, ideas) need to be released from old programs so new ones can be created.

The Reboot festival aims to break free from the art/science dichotomy, the idea that science and art are opposed, and drive transdisciplinary digital creativity. We show how subjectivity, emotion, beauty, and creativity can (should?) dialogue with the scientific method’s seriousness, precision, and rigor while enriching each other.

To explore the idea that scientific research is not opposed to art is precisely what we want to Reboot - i.e., to disrupt from the art/science dichotomy and drive transdisciplinary digital creativity. We want to show how subjectivity, emotion, beauty, and creativity can (should?) dialogue with the seriousness, precision, and rigor of the scientific method while enriching each other.

The Reboot Festival is an invitation to speculation, to criticism, to a fresh scientific production, and to formal transdisciplinary artistic interventions. The festival will take place in Porto, where, in 5 days, we will “restart” all participants through an exhibition, a doctoral symposium, keynotes, and other talks.

This festival is the result of a collaboration of more than 10 years between the University of Porto and the NOVA University of Lisbon, through FEUP, FCSH, and FCT schools. )

After a hiatus of one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reboot festival is now returning, and this year’s topic is:

Time to Reboot wellbeing - New Media Art as Therapy

With the COVID-19 pandemic negatively affecting many people’s mental health, raising awareness to nurture emotional wellness has become ubiquitous and absolutely necessary.

Leo Tolstoy once said that art “is a means of union among men, joining them together in the same feelings, and indispensable for the life and progress toward well-being of individuals and humanity.” More recently, Alain de Botton and John Armstrong wrote a book called “Art as Therapy,” where they call for the necessity to rethink the uses of art. They suggest exploring the therapeutic potential for artworks, framing them according to a psychological method that invites us to align our deeper selves with artworks.

What if museums were set up with emotion-galleries: of joy, love, sorrow, compassion? What if the blurbs next to the art discussed the turmoil or joys the models were experiencing rather than simply history? What if artists purposely chose positive, life-affirming themes for their work most of the time?
— from Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton, John Armstrong

This year’s edition of Reboot will feature new media artworks that can function as therapeutic tools. The galleries will be organized according to the therapeutic potential of the artworks, and visitors will be “patients” looking to be “treated” by the artworks. Artworks that inspire us to keep going when life gets tough, that remind us of the good things in life (focusing on the positive), and to practice gratitude, that instill us to connect with loved ones, that teach us to deal with loss and sadness, that provide new perspectives, and many other ideas that contribute to emotional wellbeing and more fulfilled lives.

The 2021 edition of the Reboot Fest happens from November 5th to November 9th at U.Porto’s Casa Comum.

Doctoral Symposium

The Digital Media Doctoral Symposium (DMDS) provides an opportunity for the Digital Media Ph.D. students and Ph.D. Students of other doctoral programs to present and discuss their ongoing Ph.D. research work (e.g., research goals, preliminary ideas, research plan, initial/intermediate results), with experts in the field and peers. Students will receive feedback on the quality of their presentation and on the proposed research itself.

Integrated with Reboot, the doctoral symposium includes lecture sessions with keynote speakers with relevant scientific contributions in the field of Digital Media, as well as presentations by doctoral studens in the same area. Therefore, the doctoral symposium opens the door to a space that encourages discussion, sharing, and networking. On the one hand, it draws inspiration from the works exhibited at Reboot and, on the other, from the current and innovative lectures given by keynote speakers, as well as from ideas and preliminary works by doctoral students.

Doctoral Symposium Call For Abstracts Submission

The call for abstracts submission is open until October 22nd, 2021. The selected abstracts will be presented by the authors in the Doctoral Symposium Sessions program.


This Doctoral Symposium is open to all the Digital Media Doctoral Program students from the University of Porto and University NOVA de Lisboa. Nonetheless, we also accept submissions from Ph.D. students of other Universities and Doctoral programs who have a specific interest in digital media and/or research works related to the digital media field. All submissions will be evaluated by the Symposium Scientific Committee and priority will be given to Ph.D. students at the beginning of their research journey that presents clear and concise submissions.

Call for Abstracts

Submission Guidelines

Submissions consist of extended abstracts of 1-page (max. excluding references, tables or figures) and must provide an overview of the student’s ongoing work. Key notes:

  • Only submissions by Ph.D. students will be considered;
  • The doctoral work must be related to the Digital Media field and with one one more of the Digital Media Doctoral Program specializations (Audiovisual and Interactive Content Creation; Industry, and Publics and Markets; Journalism; Technology);
  • Submissions must be single-author, on the topic of the doctoral work. The name of the supervisor must be clearly marked under the author’s name;
  • All submissions must be original;
  • Submissions must be in PDF format and only submissions through Easychair will be considered;
  • Submissions must be written in English;
  • Text body: 1-page max. (excluding references);
  • Keywords: 5 (maximum) that would best fit the content of your abstract;
  • Accepted submissions will be presented at the Symposium - 15 min (10 min presentation + 5 min discussion) / each;
  • Accepted submissions will be distributed to all participants and members of the event;
  • All rights of the submission contents are kept by the authors.

Please access the Easychair platform for submissions.


Porto, Portugal.
Accepted submissions require presentation at the Symposium.
Requests for remote presentations are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: October 22nd, 2021
Notification of acceptance: October 29th, 2021
Doctoral Symposium: November 8th - 9th, 2021


Registrations for the DMDS are now open.
Registrations are free, but required.
Register here

Day 1 - 5/11/2021
17:00 – 19:00 Reboot opening session
Day 2 - 6/11/2021
15:00 – 18:00 Reboot public exhibition
Day 3 - 7/11/2021
15:00 – 18:00 Reboot public exhibition
Day 4 - 8/11/2021
11:00 – 19:00 Reboot public exhibition
12:00 – 14:00 Break
14:00 - 14:30 DMDS Opening Session
14:30 – 15:30 1st keynote: Michel Van Dartel + Q&A
15:30 – 16:30 1st PhD Presentation Session + Q&A
16:30 – 17:00 Coffe Break
17:00 – 18:30 2nd PhD Presentation Session + Q&A
Day 5 - 9/11/2021
11:00 – 17:00 Reboot public exhibition
09:30 – 10:30 2nd keynote: Luciane Maria Fadel + Q&A
10:30 – 11:00 Coffe Break
11:00 – 12:00 3rd PhD Presentation Session + Q&A
12:00 – 13:00 Breakout Networking
13:00 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 15:30 3rd keynote: João Beira + Q&A
15:30 – 16:30 4th PhD Presentation Session + Q&A
16:30 – 17:00 Coffe Break
17:00 – 17:30 DMDS & Reboot closing sessions

Keynote Speakers

Luciane Maria Fadel

Luciane Maria Fadel Dr. Fadel holds a Ph.D. in Design from the University of Reading, UK (2007) and Post-Doctorate in Narratives supervised by Jim Bizzocchi at Simon Fraser University, Canada. She teaches Digital Design and New Media at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. She studies Poetics of Digital Media and Design for Experience on the following themes: interaction design, narratives, new media, and digital storytelling.
She is currently researching the poetics of Augmented Reality mentored by Dr. António Coelho at FEUP.

Presentation Title: Digital Storytelling: Sharing Stories as Legacy
Summary: A digital story is a powerful artifact to communicate an older person’s legacy, and it is also a comfortable approach to learning new technologies. In this conversation, we explore the primary types of stories that people choose to leave as their legacy digital stories and how digital media can promote the well-being of older adults.

Michel van Dartel

Michel van Dartel Michel van Dartel (b. 1976) is Director of V2_Lab for the Unstable Media and Research Professor at the Avans Centre of Applied Research for Art, Design and Technology (CARADT). He holds an MSc in cognitive psychology and a PhD in artificial intelligence. Alongside his work at CARADT and V2_, Michel also acts as an advisor and independent curator. Michel also is a manuscript reviewer for conferences and journals

Presentation Title: The situated turn in art and design
Summary: Humans are inseparable from the world around them. Yet time and again, human-oriented research and development considers them in isolation from their surroundings. This is particularly true in the domains of art and design, where convention has it that work is produced in studios and experienced in the sterile environs of art and design venues. In this lecture, Michel van Dartel will show that the stakes involved in this isolation are higher than they may appear at first glance. Connecting ideas from fields ranging from cognitive science to avant-garde art and design history, he argues that we need to consider aesthetics “in the wild” if we are to respond to this exigency.

João Beira

João Beira João Beira is a visual artist, art director and researcher working on immersive and augmented visualizations. João combines his artistic activity with academic and scientific research using software development for interactive and generative visualizations. João is also the founder and creative director of Datagrama visuals, a collective of international artist-coders that create immersive environments and perform live visuals. Inspired by nature and living systems, Datagrama is a design studio that perform live visuals experiences and create custom-made generative software exploring the intersection and overlay of light between the physical and digital space. Their experimental work and research with neural networks and generative software for visualizations (such as synesthesia using open gl) with projection design has been creating a very defined and unique body of work. In the last decade, João and Datagrama have been collaborating with artists such as Tipper and presenting art installations and live performances in renowned Internacional art festivals and events such as SXSW and Burning Man. Since 2016, João is also in charge of video art direction for Boom Festival.

João has a P.hD. from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Master of Multimedia Arts from the University of Porto, Portugal. His work with multimedia art has been focused in live performance and augmented reality. João conducts workshops and talks s about his experimental work, as well participating in artistic residencies and publishing his research. In 2018, was invited to teach at FEUP (University of Porto, Portugal) Multimedia Performance by the University of Texas UT Austin program. João also lectured at the ESG University, Portugal, from 2007 to 2010, and 2017 to Present in Design and Multimedia Production. João is also an auxiliary professor at Escola Superior Artística do Porto (Esap) since 2020.


International Conference on Graphics and Interaction (ICGI)

This year, for the first time, Reboot has joined the International Conference on Graphics and Interaction (ICGI). This event will also take place in Porto, on November 4th and 5th, at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP).

ICGI’2021 aims to bring together researchers, teachers and professionals in the areas of Computer Graphics, Image Processing, Computer Vision and Human-Computer Interaction, allowing the dissemination of concluded or ongoing work, as well as the exchange of experiences between the academic, industrial and end-user communities.

ICGI 2021 Logo

U.Porto Casa Comum

The 2021 edition of the Reboot Fest happens from November 5th to November 9th at U.Porto’s Casa Comum.

Logo Casa Comum


Reboot Fest is a joint effort between the Doctoral Program in Digital Media of the University of Porto and the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

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