Mid-Career Artist Award


Simone Michelin (b. 1956) is a Brazilian artist who belongs to the second generation of Brazilian Video Art and to the pioneering group of Art & Technology researchers. She was Associate Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, from 1991 to 2015.


The scenario where Michelin inscribes her work is given by communication, architecture, and machine-mediated processes, with special reference to video art. She began to explore the production of images and narratives with engraving, photography, and other means of technical reproducibility, and gradually incorporated time and space in its multiple dimensions, from Mail Art (1978), to 3D Video-installation and, lately, the participation of the audience.


From 1987 on, in collaboration with Brazilian contemporary composers, Michelin developed a series of spectacles, such as DesConcerto (2003) and Vórtice (1995). She was distinguished with prestigious awards in Brazilian Art&Tech and Contemporary Art scene. Book: Luciferins: Simone Michelin / [Paulo Herkenhoff, et al.; Rio de Janeiro: Airplane: Instituto Oi Futuro, 2011.


“The goal is not to represent reality, but to present possible realities, to provide encounters, diversified approaches to the Real”. - Simone Michelin.


Photo courtesy of the artist. 






A Look Inside: 


Bento Gonçalves, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 1956. Lives and works in São Paulo, Brazil.




PhD in Visual Arts, School of Fine Arts, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2003-2006) | Ph.D. researcher at CAIIA-STAR, Center for Science, Technology and Art Research, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom (1999-2000) | Master in Visual Arts, School of Fine Arts, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (1996-1997).


Awards and residencies

APQ1 Research Grant, CNPq development agency. Brasilia, Brazil (2009-2011) | 6th Sérgio Motta de Art and Technology Award, Sergio Motta Cultural Institute. São Paulo, Brazil (2005) | Rumos Itaú Cultural 2003. Research honorable mention, Itaú Cultural. São Paulo, Brazil (2003) | Artist Researcher, Petrobrás and MAC Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói, Niterói, Brazil (2001) | RIOARTE Grant in Art and Technology, RIOARTE, Municipal Secretary of Culture, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2000).


Selected Exhibitions 


“Corte Matuta, the musical”, Lake Gallery, Republic Museum, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil (2018) | “HQ: The Comics”, A Gentil Carioca Lá Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2013) | “QUALIA”, Oi Futuro Flamengo Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2010) | “`A Fabro”, Progetti Gallery, DVD release, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2009) | “Monuments and Fences”, Monuments and Fences in São Paulo, Month of Photography, Central European House of Photography, Bratislava, Slovakia (2007) | “Vivi Watched video”, A Gentil Carioca Gallery, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2004) | “CINEMAC presents Simone Michelin, Videos for Museums”, MAC Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2004) | “Bonjour, bonsoir, adieu Tristesse”, interactive installation, Sergio Porto Cultural Space, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2001 – 2002).




“Women in the MAR Collection”, Museum of Art of Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (2018 – 2019) | “Like dust in the wind, photograph in the MAR collection”, Museum of Art of Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2017) | “De Straat”, Museum of Contemporary Art of Antwerp (MHKA), Antwerp, Belgium, EUROPALIA Festival (2011 – 2012) | “The Sensitive Museum, a vision of the production of women artists in the MARGS collection”, Museum of Arts of Rio Grande Ado Malagoli, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2011- 2012) | “10th Havana Biennial”, Fort of La Cabaña, Lilliput 4.0, Havana, Cuba (2009) | “7th Mercosul Biennial”, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009) | “Years 1970: Art as a question”, Institute Tomie Ohtake. São Paulo, Brazil (2007) | “Video links Brazil: An anthology of Brazilian Video Art 1981-2005”, Tate Modern, London, UK (2007) | “Interconnect @ between attention and immersion”, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany (2006).