Biography

Marcelo Coelho is an artist and designer whose work seeks to challenge our perception of the physical world by imbuing materials with computation.  Spanning a wide range of media, processes, and scales, his work explores the boundaries between matter and information, shedding light on how our senses shape and limit our experiences, while using technology to create new forms of communication and expression.

Marcelo Coelho’s work has been exhibited worldwide, including Ars Electronica, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Design Miami/, The Creators Project, Riflemaker Gallery, Johnson Trading Gallery, MIT Museum, Waddesdon Manor, among others. His work can also be found in private collections including the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art, The Rothschild Collection and the Tech Museum of Innovation. His creative work has also won several awards, including Prix Ars Electronica [Next Idea] and Honorary Mention for Interactive Art, the W Hotels Designer of the Future Award, and Honorable Mention from ID Magazine Design Review.

Originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, Marcelo Coelho received a Bachelor in Computation Arts with highest honors from Concordia University, and a Master and Doctorate in Media Arts and Sciences from the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab. 

Marcelo Coelho currently lives in Boston, where he spends his time between his studio and MIT, developing personal work, collaborations, commissions and research.

 

Invited Talks

2014

  • Materializing Interaction, to be presented at OFFF. Mexico City, DF. August 2014.
  • Computational Materials, to be presented at Design Terminal National Centre for Creative Industries. Budapest, Hungary. June 2014.
  • Scale Matters, presented at Solid Conference. San Francisco, CA. June 2014.
  • SocialWare, presented at Proximity Panel at Auto-ID Conference. Boston, MA. May 2014.
  • Materializing Interaction, presented at RISD. Providence, RI. April 2014.

2013 

  • Materializing Interaction, presented at HP. Boise, ID. November 2013.
  • Computational Materials, presented at MIT EmTech Mexico. Mexico City, DF. May 2013. 
  • Hyperform, presented at Ars Electronica. Linz, Austria. September 2014.
  • Computational Materials, presented at Make/Speak. Boston, MA. April 2013.
  • Materializing Interaction, presented at FITC. Toronto, ON. April 2013. 
  • Materializing Interaction, presented at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. Vancouver, BC. March 2013. 
  • Digital Gastronomy, presented at the Microsoft Social Computing Symposium. New York, NY. January 2013.

2012

  • On Interactivity, Computational Materials, presented at Zurich University of the Arts. Zurich, Switzerland. December 2012.
  • BE OPEN Forum: Design for the Five Senses, panel discussion with Dawn Goldworm, Tuur Van Balen, Marije Vogelzang and Carter Cleveland, moderated by Jeffrey Miller at Design Miami/. Miami, USA. December 2012.
  • Resolution, presented at the San Jose Tech Museum. San Jose, USA. September 2012.
  • Computational Materials, keynote at Giants of Design event organized by Interior Design magazine. Palm Springs, USA. March 2012.
  • Computational Materials, presented at Rede Globo. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. January 2012. 

 2011

  • Cornucopia, presented at 3D Printing Event. Eindhoven, Netherlands. August 2011. 
  • The Artist as Researcher, panel discussion with Zach Lieberman, and Cantoni + Crescenti, moderated by Julia Kaganskiy at The Creators Project. New York City, NY. October 2011.
  • Materials of Interaction, presented at Cranbrook Academy fo Art. Bloomfield Hills, MI, USA. April 2011.

 2010

  • Materials of Interaction, presented at W Hotels Design Forum. New York City, USA. December 2010.
  • Foodprint NYC: Feast, Famine, and Other Scenarios, panel discussion with Amale Andraos, Natalie Jeremijenko and Beverly Tepper, moderated by Geoff Manaughat Studio-X. New York City, USA. February 2010.

 2009

  • Materials of Interaction, presented at Wellesley College. Wellesley, USA. November 2009.
  • Materials of Interaction, presented at Apple Inc. Cupertino, USA. August 2009.
  • Programming Reality, presented at Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). Taipei, Taiwan. January 2009.

2008 

  • Materials of Interaction, presented at Emily Carr University as part of Fall 2008 Speaker Series. Vancouver, Canada.  November 2008.

2007 

  • Design Conversations: Explorations in the Synergy of Art and Science, presented at Fordham University. New York, USA. December 2007.
  • Futurecraft: Making Materials Smarter, presented at the MIT Media Lab. Cambridge, USA. September 2007.

2006 

  • Rich Textural Interfaces and Shape Changing Architecture, presented at CITA, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. Copenhagen, Denmark. December 2006.
  • Soft Computation and Physical Interaction Workshop, presented at SIGGRAPH 2006. Boston, USA. August 2006.
  • Soft Computation, presented at the National Research Council Canada: Industrial Materials Institute. Montreal, Canada. February 2006.

2005 

  • Memory, Fashion, Objects and the Body: XS Labs, presented at Bodies in Motion: Memory, Personalization, Mobility and Design, Banff New Media Institute. Banff, Canada. June 2005. 
  • Research and Innovation at Hexagram, presented at Transnet: Transdisciplinary Network for Performance and Technology, Simon Fraser University. Vancouver, Canada. June 2005.

 

Exhibitions

2014

  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at Illuminus Festival. Boston, MA. October 2014.
  • Alike, presented at Museum of Arts and Design. New York, NY. October 2014.
  • Sandcastles, presented at Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Tel Aviv, Israel. March 2014.

2013 

  • Hyperform, presented at Ars Electronica. Linz, Austria. September 2013.
  • MOD Festival. Guadalajara, Mexico. August 2013
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at Burlington City Arts Center. Burlington, VT. April 2013.

2012 

  • Reach, presented at the Cartier 5th Avenue Store in New York City. New York City, USA. November 2012.
  • Resolution, permanent installation at the San Jose Tech Museum. San Jose, CA. September 2012.
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at The Creators Project. São Paulo, Brazil. October 2012.
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at The Creators Project. San Francisco, CA. October 2012.

2011 

  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at The Creators Project. Brooklyn, NY. October 2011.
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at Cambridge Science Center. Cambridge, UK. October 2011.
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at Prix Ars Electronica at Offenes Kulturhaus. Linz, Austria. August 2011.
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at Corcoran Gallery of Art in conjunction with Washington Color and Light exhibit. Washington, DC, USA. June 2011.
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at the Fifth Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Conference (TEI’11). Madeira, Portugal. January 2011.

2010 

  • Cornucopia: Digital Gastronomy, presented at Biennale Internationale Design. Saint-Etienne, France. November 2010.
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at Design Miami/. Miami, FL, USA. December 2010.
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, solo show presented at The Riflemaker Gallery. London, England. December 2010.
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at MIT Museum: Luminous Windows. Cambridge, MA, USA. November 2010.
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at Johnson Trading Gallery: Contemporary on Chrystie. New York, NY, USA. November 2010.
  • Six-Forty by Four-Eighty, presented at Design Miami/Basel. Basel, Switzerland. June 2010.
  • Cornucopia: Digital Gastronomy, presented at DHUB Museum. Barcelona, Spain. May 2010.

 2009

  • Shutters, presented at Ars Electronica. Linz, Austria. September 2009.
  • Shape Changing Composites, presented at Maker Faire. San Mateo, CA, USA. June 2009.
  • Pulp-Based Computing video, presented at ACM SIGCHI 2009. Boston, MA, USA. April 2009.
  • Dinnerware video, presented at ACM SIGCHI 2009. Boston, MA, USA. April 2009. 

2008 

  • Skorpions: kinetic dresses, presented at Seamless 2008 Unravel Fashion Show. Boston, MA, USA. January 2008.

2007 

  • Shutters: a soft kinetic membrane for transient spaces, presented at SIGGRAPH 2007 Unravel Fashion Show. San Diego, CA, USA. August 2007.
  • Shutters: a soft kinetic membrane for transient spaces, presented at Collision 11. Cambridge, MA, USA. April 2007.

2006 

  • Kukkia: a kinetic electronic garment, presented at Sartorial Flux, curated by Valerie Lamontagne, A+D Gallery, Columbia College. Chicago, IL, USA. September and October 2006.
  • Kukkia, presented at Unravel: The SIGGRAPH 2006 Fashion Show. Boston, MA, USA. July 2006.

2005 

  • Kukkia and Vilkas, presented at the Research Material Sense exhibit, during the Dutch Design Week, held at The Design Academy of Eindhoven. Eindhoven, Netherlands. October 2005.

2004 

  • Spacehogs, an airborne robotic installation presented at VAV Gallery. Montreal, Canada. June 2004. 
  • PurePlay, thermoelectric and electronically controlled garment presented at Digifest Exhibit 2004 at the Design Exchange. Toronto, Canada. May 2004.

2003 

  • Art-O-Meter, electronic installation presented at the Société des arts technologiques (SAT). Montreal, Canada. May 2003. 
  • Locale( ), experimental website presented at Galerie Séquence. Chicoutimi, Canada. August 2003.
  • The Vigil, electronic installation presented at Studio 303. Montreal, Canada. March 2003.

 

Academic Publications

Zoran, A. an d Coelho, M. Cornucopia: The Concept of Digital Gastronomy in Leonardo: Journal of the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology. Volume 44, Number 5, October 2011, pp. 425-431.       

Coelho, M., Zigelbaum, J. and Kopin, J. Six-Forty by Four-Eighty: The Post-Industrial Design of Computational Materials, in the 4th Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction Conference (TEI '11). (Madeira, Portugal, 2011).

Coelho, M. and Zigelbaum, J. Shape-Changing Interfaces, in Personal and Ubiquitous Computing: Volume 15, Issue 2 (2011), Page 161.

Coelho, M. and Maes, P. Shutters: A Permeable Surface for Environmental Control and Communication, in the 3rd Tangible and Embedded Interaction Conference (TEI '09). (Cambridge, UK, 2009)

Coelho, M., Poupyrev, I., Sadi, S. and Vertegal, R. Programming Reality: From Transitive Materials to Organic User Interfaces, in the Extended Abstracts of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '09). (Boston, USA, 2009)

Coelho, M., Hall, L., Berzowska, J. and Maes, P. Pulp-Based Computing: A Framework for Building Computers Out of Paper, in the Extended Abstracts of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '09). (Boston, USA, 2009)

Coelho, M. DinnerWare: Why Playing With Food Should Be Encouraged, in the Extended Abstracts of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '09). (Boston, USA, 2009)

Coelho, M., Ishii, H. and Maes, P. Surflex: A Programmable Surface for the Design of Tangible Interfaces, in the Extended Abstracts of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '08). (Florence, Italy, 2008)

Coelho, M. and Maes, P. Sprout I/O: A Texturally Rich Interface, in the 2nd Tangible and Embedded Interaction Conference (TEI '08). (Bonn, Germnay, 2008)

Coelho, M. and Maes, P. Responsive Materials in the Design of Adaptive Objects and Spaces, in the Interactive and Adaptive Furniture Workshop. (Aarhus, Denmark, 2008)

Zigelbaum, J. et al. Violent Interfaces: The Jack Bauer Training Kit, in the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA '08). (Singapore, 2008)

Coelho, M. Programming the Material World: A Proposition for the Application and Design of Transitive Materials, in the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp '07). (Innsbruck, Austria, 2007)

Coelho, M., Hall, L., Berzowska, J. and Maes, P. Pulp-Based Computing: A Framework for Building Computers Out of Paper, in the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp '07). (Innsbruck, Austria, 2007)

Berzowska, J., Mainstone, D., Bromley, M., Coelho, M. et al. Skorpions: Kinetic Electronic Garments, in the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp '07). (Innsbruck, Austria, 2007)

Coelho, M., Sadi, S., Maes, P., Oxman, N. and Berzowska, J. Transitive Materials: Towards an Integrated Approach to Material Technology, in the 9th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (Ubicomp '07). (Innsbruck, Austria, 2007)

Coelho, M. and Maes, P. 'Programming' the Material World, in the 9th US National Congress on Computational Mechanics (USNCCM '07). (San Francisco, USA, 2007)

Berzowska, J. and Coelho, M. SMOKS: The Memory Suits, in the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '06). (Montreal, Canada, 2006)

Berzowska, J. and Coelho, M. Memory-Rich Clothing, in the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '06). (Montreal, Canada, 2006)

Berzowska, J. and Coelho, M. Kukkia and Vilkas: Kinetic Electronic Garments, in the 9th IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC '05). (Osaka, Japan, 2005)

Coelho, M. DinnerWare: Why Playing With Food Should Be Encouraged, in the 32nd International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH '05). (Los Angeles, USA, 2005)

Daviault, C. and Coelho, M. Forum: A New Approach for the Production of Educational Content, in the 30th International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH '03). (San Diego, USA, 2003)

 

Thesis

Coelho, M. Materializing Interaction. Thesis for Doctorate degree at the MIT Media Lab. (Cambridge, USA, 2012).

Coelho, M. Materials of Interaction: Responsive Materials in the Design of Transformable Interactive Surfaces. Thesis for Master of Science degree at the MIT Media Lab. (Cambridge, USA, 2008).