Tina Gonsalves

Tina Gonsalves is researching a new body of work, Hear and Now Series. “We shape our tools and then our tools shape us“ (McLuhan 1964). Today people are being connected in ways never before imagined. A proliferation of new communication technologies such as live chat, mobile, video conferencing, sms and social networking have become embedded into our everyday communication, revolutionizing the way we share information and experiences to those close to us. “We are more connected than ever, yet people report feeling lonelier and more isolated than ever” (Cacioppo 2009). The social media interventions of “Hear and Now” will foreground ideas of trust, intimacy & compassion while questioning the current directions of mobile technologies: the trend of acceleration, 24/7 connectivity and daily data overload. The series arise from an interest in the positive social communication aspirations of Fluxus, particularly Yoko Ono’s Zen-fluxus tradition. The works will reference the work of Lygia Clarke, who investigated the language of the body and broke new ground in examining ideas of intimacy and new ways of communication. These works have been researched over the Australia Arts Council's Creative Connections Residency at Nokia Research Center in Finland.

Tina Gonsalves is als ocompleting/exhibiting a responsive video art installation “Chameleon”. The project explores ideas of emotional contagion, highlighting awareness of our inner selves, as well as our innate tendency to synchronise and connect with others. The project is collaboration with UK based neuroscientists prof Hugo Critchley and prof Chris Frith, affective computer scientists Prof Rosalind Picard, and Dr Rana El kaliouby at the MIT Medialab, Cambridge, and curated by Helen Sloan of SCAN. Gonsalves is currently honorary artist in residence at the Institute of Neurology at University College London and visiting artist at the Affective Media Group, MIT. Gonsalves would like to acknowledge the in kind support from the MIT Media Lab, Banff New Media Institute, SCAN and Institute of Neurology at UCL. The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust Large Art Award, Australian Network for Art and Technology Synapse Residency, Arts Council England, Australia Arts Council inter-arts board, Australia Arts Council Visual Arts Board. A catalogue will be released later in the year.

The CHAMELEON project begins by mapping emotional exchanges. A hypothesis of emotional exchanges has been put forward by Chris Frith. This is evaluated in the lab, as people are monitored emotionally expressing to each other. This is then translated into a learning algorithmic code to inform the video engine's emotional intelligence. Mind reading technology is developed to track emotional expression of participants from a distance, with movement and in darker light scenarios. Information from mind reading technology triggers the emotional algorithmic video engine, which then plays appropriate video portraits to build empathy over a social group. The video portraits are created using actors and artist to speak in present tense about emotional feelings. The videos entice the participant to respond to them. CHAMELEON will create a progression of installations, papers in neuroscience and human computer interaction fields, important research in networking, embedding external peripherals using Max MSP.


New Work Grant, Austalia Arts Council New media Arts Board, 2010

Awarded Creative Connections Residency from the Australia Arts Council, for Artist in Residency at Nokia 2009/2010

Awarded Arts Council England Funding for Chameleon, prototype 08


Chameleon Project, prototype 02, Dana Center, Science Museum, UK Feb 2008

Chameleon Project, prototype 01 and 03 Banff Center, Canada, March 2008

Chameleon Project, prototype 04, ICA, London. May 2008

Chameleon Project, prototype 06, University College London Hospital Foyer, London, July 2008

Chameleon Project, prototype 07, Dana Center, Science Museum, UK Feb 2009

Chameleon Project, prototype 07, Lighthouse, Brighton, UK March 2009

Chameleon Project, prototype 07, Sharjah Art Gallery, American University Cairo, Egypt, May 2009

Chameleon Project, prototype 06, After Darwin Contemporary Expressions curated by Bergit Ahrends, Jerwood Gallery, Natural History Museum, London, June 2009

Chameleon Project, prototype 08, Lighthouse, Brighton, UK August 2009

Chameleon Project, prototype 07, Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sept 2009 

Chameleon Project, prototype 09, Fabrica, Brighton, UK Oct 2009

Chameleon Project, prototype 07, Superhuman: Revolution of the Species, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Nov 2009

Chameleon Project, prototype 06, How The Light Gets In, Hay, UK, June 2010


Chameleon Project, Dana Center, Science Museum, UK Feb 2008/09 

Consciousness Reframed, Vienna, July 2008

Banff Center, Canada, March 2008

MIT Media Lab, Cambridge USA March 2008

Chameleon Project, Lighthouse, Brighton, Feb, March, August  09

Le Cube, Paris, April 2009

Sharjah Art Gallery, American University Cairo, Egypt, May 2009

Simulated Certainty, Meeting New Frontiers of Science, Art and Thought, 30 Sept–-2 October, Barcelona, Spain 2009

Fabrica, Brighton, UK, Oct 2009

White Night Blanche, Fabrica, Oct 2009

Exploratorium, San Francisco, Oct 2009

Superhuman, Melbourne, Australia, Nov 2009

Superhuman Curatorial Masterclass, Melbourne, Australia, Nov 2009

KEER 2010, Paris 2010

Brain and Creativity Institute, Los Angeles 2010

Computer Art Society, London Knowledge Club 2010

Nokia Research Center, Finland, 2010

How The Light Gets In, the philosophy and music festival at Hay, Hay, UK 2010






Darren Tofts, Tina Gonsalves, The Chameleon Project, Digital Creativity, 2010

Tina Gonsalves, Nadia Berthouse, Matt Iacobini, Helen Sloan, Simulated Certainty, Meeting New Frontiers of Science, Art and Thought, Barcelona 2010



Tina Gonsalves, Nadia Berthouze, Matt Iacobini, The Chameleon Project, Second Nature: International journal of creative media, Vol 2, No 1 (2010) accompanying ANAT Super Human Exhibition, 5 Nov - 5 Dec 2009, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne Australia (download 4.8 meg)

Tina Gonsalves, Helen Sloan, Chris Frith, EXPRESSIONS; FROM DARWIN TO CONTEMPORARY ARTS, editor Bergit Arends, catalogue to accompany exhibition After Dawin: Contemporary Expressions, Natural History Museum, London, UK 2009 (download 4.4 meg)

Tina Gonsalves Empathy and Interactivity: Creating Emotionally Empathic Circuits Between Audiences and Interactive Arts New Realities: Being Syncretic, (2008) (download 4.8 meg)

Tina Maree Gonsalves, Chris Frith, Bruno Averbeck, Youssef Kashef, Rana El kaliouby, Ros Picard, Nadia Berthouze, Matt Iacobini, Hugo Critchley, Helen Sloan, Emotional Communication with Interactive Artwork ? The Chameleon Project, Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII) Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2009 (Demo)

Matt Iacobini, Tina Gonsalves, Chris Frith, Nadia Bianchi Berthouze, Creating Emotional Communication with Interactive Artwork, Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII) Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2009 (poster)



LA VULNERABILITA' VIDEO DI TINA GONSALVES, text by Silvia Scaravaggi, Digicult 2008 , April 2008

Tina Gonsalves: Unleashing emotion, text by Darren Tofts Artlink , April 2008

Digital portraits probe the contagion of emotion, words by Sandrine Ceurstemont, New Scientist March 2009

L'art et la science aident à comprendre les émotions, Atelier

Emotions run high in Tina Gonsalves' Chameleon Project at Brighton's Lighthouse, text by Adam Bambury, Culture 24 , March 2009

Innovation: Behind Microsoft's full-body gaming interface text by Colin Barras, New Scientist June 2009

Take that look off your face ..Natural History Museum, London, text by Laura Cummings, The Observer July 2009

Tina Gonsalves, Chameleon, The Argus, 2010

Tina Gonsalves reads emotions through neuroscience in interactive installation at Brighton Fabrica, text by Ben Miller, Culture 24 November 2009

Chameleon at the Dana Center, Harry Witchell, BBC interview with Jumoke-fashola on BBC london radio discussing aspects of emotional contagion, the scientific basis for it.

After Darwin: Contemporary Expressions,



Tina Gonsalves - Chameleon - prototype 7 - Lighthouse - Brighton - 14 March - 28 March 2009, text by Aura Tansjuice

Tina Gonsalves - Chameleon Project - Fabrica - Brighton - 3 Oct - 29 Nov 2009, Sarah Thompson Tansjuice

After Darwin: Contemporary Expressions and contemporary neuroscience, Arts and Ecology

A brithday in Brighton, The Eco Spot

Tina Gonsalves – Chameleon at Fabrica, text by Katy Lewis

Chameleon at Fabrica, Absent Minded Visual Art

A snapshot behind the scenes of the installation of Chameleon at Fabrica, Audio Boo