Patrícia Castello Branco

Patrícia Silveirinha Castello Branco is a senior researcher and a post-doctoral fellow of the Philosophy of Language Institute. She got her PhD degree in Communication Sciences at the New University of Lisbon in 2009, with a thesis on haptic visuality. Central to her work is an investigation on the nature of technological images and perceptual visuality, carried out through both philosophical inquiry and the analysis of specific objects — topics on which she has been lecturing internationally. Her forthcoming book, Imagem, Corpo, Tecnologia. A função Háptica das Novas Imagens Tecnológicas, Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2011, investigates on a renewed sensory awareness and the growing importance of the body in the artistic discourses of cinema, video art and contemporary visual arts which find profound continuity in the new media: the internet, virtual reality, multimedia installations, and digital photography, film and video. Amongst others, her most recent publications include: “Pure Sensations. From Abstract Cinema to Digital Images”, Animation- An Interdisciplinary Journal, SAGE, March 2010, Vol 5 No 1: 25-40, “A Physicalist Approach to Images: Alexandre Estrela’s Journey to the Center”. Millennium Film Journal, Issue No. 53, Fall/Winter 2010-2011; “Haptic Visuality and Neuroscience”, in Dadejík, Stejskal (eds.), The Aesthetic Dimention of Visual Culture, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010: 98-111; “A visualidade háptica da televisão contemporânea”, Intercom, Revista Brasileira de Ciências da Comunicação, S. Paulo, v.32, nº2, Julho-Dezembro 2009: 15-37.

Her interest in the correlation between technology and the new sensory relationship to images, has led her to gain a post-doctoral grant from FCT for a current investigation concerning philosophical approaches to audiovisual posthumanism, as a way of describing a renewed sensory awareness and the essential aspects of the technological period we live in. Engaging in an ongoing dialogue between philosophy and cinema (in its broadest sense as a moving image) she is also part of the team of the research project Film and Philosophy: Mapping an Encounter. She is the editor and founder of Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image.