Joana Chicau

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Joana Chicau [PT] is a communication designer, with a background in performance - classical ballet and contemporary dance. In her practice she investigates the possible connections between – and coexistence of – choreography and graphic design, aiming to open the possibilities for new aesthetic, energetic and social dimensions in design production processes. Her research started as a cross-referencing of composition methods, with the aim to transcend the boundaries between the fields of choreography and graphic design. In her project she presents an assemblage of graphic experiments in a live performance setting combining principles of choreography within the formal structures of coding. Seeing choreography as a tool for a wider conceptual, perceptual view of code in graphic design. She graduated in Communication Design from the Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade do Porto (BA, 2010-14) and in Media Design and Communication from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam (MA, 2014-16). She lives in Rotterdam.