Emanuel Dimas de Melo Pimenta, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been considered an important musician, architect and intermedia artist in the beginning of the third millennium - according to statements written by personalities like John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Merce Cunningham, René Berger, Dove Bradshaw or William Anastasi among others.
His works are included in some of the most expressive art collections and world-wide recognised institutions like the Whitney Museum of New York, the ARS AEVI Contemporary Art Museum, the Biennial of Venice, the Computer Art Museum of Seattle, the Kunsthaus of Zurich, the Durini Contemporary Art Collection, the Bibliotèque Nationale of Paris and the MART - Modern Art Museum of Rovereto and Trento among others.
He develops music, architecture and urban projects using Virtual Reality and cyberspace technologies.
His concerts of music integrating visual art have been performed in various countries in the last thirty years. An important moment was his great concert at the Biennial of Sao Paulo, for four large orchestras, in 1985, side by side with John Cage, Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia and Robert Raushemberg among others.
Among his many celebrated projects around the world there are RAWWAR in Portugal, in 2005; ZYKLUS, also in 2005, which had an audience estimated in more than 300,000 people along fifteen days of continuous performance at the city of Locarno, in Switzerland; DEEP OCEAN, in 2005, also in Switzerland, in Lausanne, near Geneva, at the EPFL Technology Institute, with the support of NOAA - the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, of the United States; DR. JEKYLL AND MR. X, in 2004, based on the film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in its 1932 version, in Naples, Italy; ABELL 2218, at the Experimental Intermedia Foundation in New York City in 2004; KIRKOS - A Dialogue Between Marcel Duchamp and Josqin des Près, in Naples, in 2004, and many more.
His works are included in the Universalis Encyclopaedia (Britannica) since 1991, in the Sloninsky Baker's Music Dictionary (Berkeley), the Charles Hall's Chronology of the Western Classical Music, as well as in the All Music Guide - The Expert's Guide to the Best Cds.
Legendary musicians like John Cage, David Tudor, Takehisa Kosugi, John Tilbury, Christian Wolff, Martha Mooke, John DS Adams, Maurizio Barbetti, Michael Pugliese, Umberto Petrin, Susie Georgetis. Audrey Riley and the Manhattan Quartet among others have performed his compositions.
He collaborated with John Cage, as commissioned composer for Merce Cunningham, from 1985 until his disappearance in 1992. He remains commissioned composer for Merce Cunningham in New York. Not only, he has been composer for several companies like the Appels Company in New York among others.
His concerts have been performed in some of the most prestigious theatres all over the world, like the Lincoln Center and The Kitchen in New York; the Opera Garnier or the Theatre de La Ville in Paris; the Shinjuku Bunka Center in Tokyo, the Montpellier Municipal Theatre, the Festival of Aix en Provence, the Modern Art Museum in Sao Paulo, and the Biennial of Sao Paulo among others.
Articles on his works have appeared in different newspapers and magazines, like the New York Times, Le Monde, Le Parisien, O Estado de Sao Paulo, O Expresso, and O Globo, Il Sole 24 Ore, la Reppublica, among others.
With more than four hundred musical compositions already recorded, twenty published compact discs, four cd-roms, he has wrote and published about thirty books, several of them individually, and several papers. His works have been regularly published in England, the United States, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy and Spain.
He has also been curator for various institutions, like the Biennial of Sao Paulo, in Brazil; the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in Portugal; the Triennial of Milan, in Italy; and the Belem Cultural Centre, in Lisbon, among others.
In the early 1980s Emanuel Pimenta coined the concept virtual architecture, later largely used in universities all over the world. Since the end of the 1970s he has developed graphical musical notations inside virtual environments.
He won the National Marketing Prize in 1977 by the Brazilian Association of Marketing; the APCA Prize in 1986 by the Art Critics Association of Sao Paulo; and the Lac Maggiore Prize in 1994 by the Lombardia Regional Government, the International Association of Art Critics, the Unesco and the Council of Europe, in Locarno, Switzerland. In 1993 his works were selected by the Unesco, in Paris, as one of the most representative intermedia researchers of the world.
He is member of the SACD - Societè des Autheurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques in Paris since 1991. He also is an active member of the European Environmental Tribunal, http://www.eeft.org/eeft.html, in London, where he has been member of the board since 1995. He is an active member of the New York Academy of Sciences, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington DC and of the ASMP - American Society of Media Photographers. He is member and advisor of the AIVAC - Association Internationale pour la Video dans les Arts et la Culture, in Locarno, Switzerland. He was a founding member of the International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry - ISIS Symmetry, in Budapest.
He is member of the jury of the BES Fellowship (Experimental Intermedia Foundation of New York, the Luso American Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation) since 1995.
He was Editorial Director of the art and culture magazine RISK Arte Oggi, in Milan, from 1995 to 2005. He is also member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the science magazine Forma, in Tokyo, Japan; and of the art and philosophy magazine Technoetic Arts, in Bristol, England.
He studied with Hans Joachim Koellreutter (Paul Hindemith, Hermann Scherchen, Marcel Moyse), Demetrio Lima (Jean Pierre Rampal), Eduardo Corona, Eduardo Kneese de Mello (Alvar Aalto, Walter Gropius), Decio Pignatari (Roman Jakobson), Holger Czukai (Karlheinz Stockhausen), Conrado Silva (Olivier Messiaen) and Roti Nielba Turin (Haroldo de Campos) among others. He took part in various workshops and master classes on architecture with Kenzo Tange, Oscar Niemeyer, Yona Friedman, Peter Cook (Archigram) and Charles Moore among others.
Mr. Pimenta has been frequently invited, as professor and lecturer, by several institutions, among then the universities of New York, Georgetown, Lisbon, Florence, Lausanne, Tsukuba, Sao Paulo, Palermo, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Monte Verita Foundation in Switzerland and the Technion Institute in Haifa, Israel.
He his founder and director of the contemporary music and art festival HOLOTOPIA, in the Amalfi Coast. He is also founder and director of the Foundation for Arts, Sciences and Technology - Observatory, in Trancoso, Portugal.
MUSICAL EDITIONS MUSIC FOR 144 VOICES Year:1987 Music for 144 Voices (1987) Source (1987) Cassette Tape EPITAPES, Ohio, United States DIGITAL MUSIC Year: 1989 Rings (1989) Rozart (1989) Structure 2 (1988) Short Waves 1985 (1985) Compact Disc MODE Records - MODE 21, New York, United States INTRA-UTERINE SOUNDS Year: 1992 Intra-Uterine Sounds (1990) Cassette Tape EPITAPES, Ohio, United States THE GREAT NEW WORLD IN ENVIRONMENT AND ACCELERATION Year: 1993 Eyes and Ears (1993) Compact Disc V2 Organisation, Roterdan, the Netherlands ARES Year: 1996 Ares Concert Compact Disc (65 minutes) CMC-101 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom L'OBIETTIVO DELL'ARTE DI BUBY DURINI Year: 1997 Andromeda Concert Compact Disc (57 minutes) CMCX-201 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom Il Clavicembalo, Milan, Italy WARE Year: 1997 in WAY OUT Compact Disc AnAnAnA - HHH001 AnAnAnA, Lisbon, Portugal BOOK ONE Year: 1997 Book One Concert Compact Disc CMC-102 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom DIFESA DELLA NATURA Year: 1998 Original Soundtrack of the film Joseph Beuys - Difesa della Natura Compact Disc CMC-103 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom PESSOA Year: 1999 Compact Disc CMC-104 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom OLIVESTONE Year: 1999 Original Soundtrack for the film Joseph Beuys - Olivestone Compact Disc CMC-105 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom TURNING POINT Year: 2001 Compact Disc CMC-106 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom SMALL ELECTROACOUSTIC PIECE #6 Year: 2001 in EXPLORATORY MUSIC FROM PORTUGAL Compact Disc Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, London HLMRPHSS Year: 2001 Concert at the MEIAC Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain Compact Disc CMC-107 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom DARK CENTRAL PARK Year: 2001 Concert for Ars Electronica, Austria Compact Disc CMC-108 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom Music for Merce Cunningham Year: 2003 The Concerts for Merce Cunningham, includes the concert at the Lincoln Center, New York City, in 2002, with Takehisa Kosugi and Christian Wolff Compact Disc CMC-109 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom Music for John Year: 2003 Concert for MART Contemporary Art Museum of Rovereto and Trento, Italy Compact Disc CMC-110 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom 18/6 - The Silence of the Music Year: 2003 Concert for MART Contemporary Art Museum of Rovereto and Trento, Italy Compact Disc CMC-111 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom KIRKOS - A Dialogue Between Marcel Duchamp and Josqin des Prés Year: 2004 Compact Disc CMC-112 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom Dr. Jekyll and Mr. X Year: 2004 Compact Disc CMC-113 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom Diary of Seychelles Original Soundtrack for the film Joseph Beuys - Diary of Seychelles Year: 2004 Compact Disc CMC-114 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom YARNAM Year: 2004 Compact Disc CMC-115 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom DEEP OCEAN Year: 2006 Compact Disc CMC-116 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom ZYKLUS Year: 2006 Compact Disc CMC-116 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom ABELL2218 Year: 2006 Compact Disc CMC-118 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom CD-ROMS VIRTUAL ARCHITECTURE Year: 1997 For the exhibition Virtual Architecture in Lisbon Trans-Formers #1 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom NOTATIONS Year: 2001 Theory of Music CDC101 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom SOULS Year: 2001 Photography CDC102 ASA Art and Technology, London, United Kingdom PUBLISHED BOOKS (on paper, please click here to see the published ebooks) LAGOA DA CANOA (1974-1975) Tales, 80 pages MG Editions, 1980 Sao Paulo, Brazil MARESIA (1975-1976) Poetry, 124 pages MG Editions, 1980 Sao Paulo, Brazil TAPAS - ARCHITECTURE AND THE UNCONSCIOUS the impermanence of things and ideas (1981-1985) theory of architecture, 180 pages PROJETO Editions, 1985 Sao Paulo, Brazil VIRTUAL ARCHITECTURE virtual environments and architecture (1981-1991) architecture, 230 pages ASA Art and Technology, 1991 London, England PLANNING AND GROUP STRATEGY Planning and architecture (paper) INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH (Great Britain), 1991 Lisbon, Portugal ARCHITECTURE, MARKET AND CREATIVITY Theory of architecture (paper) INSTITUTE FOR INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH (Great Britain), 1992 Lisbon, Portugal SPACE, ARCHITECTURE AND THE UNCONSCIOUS Theory of architecture (paper) International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry, 1992 Budapest, Hungary ROME (1989) Theory of architecture (paper) ASA Art and Technology, 1992 United Kingdom HOW MANY SENSES DO WE NEED? (1987) in ART AND TECHNOLOGY theory of architecture Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 1993 Lisbon, Portugal ARCHITECTURE ET ART VIDÉO (1993) Theory of architecture (paper) VideoArt Festival -AICA, UNESCO and the Council of Europe, 1993 Locarno, Switzerland KATACHI (1994) Theory of architecture (paper) International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry Symposium, 1993 Tsukuba, Japan VIRTUAL ARCHITECTURE Theory of Architecture Architecti, 1997 Lisbon BUBY DURINI In L'OBIETTIVO DELL'ARTE DI BUBY DURINI Il Clavicembalo, 1997 Milan, Italy TELEANTHROPOS The Dematerialization of the Material Culture Theory of architecture, 450 pages Estampa Editorial, 1999 Lisbon, Portugal THE FUTURE OF THE MUSIC OF THE FUTURE Theory of music In MUSIC AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES L'Angelot, 1999 Barcelona, Spain OMAR GALLIANI In TURNING POINT BY OMAR GALLIANI Il Clavicembalo, 2000 Milan, Italy POETIC COSMOLOGY In JOSEPH BEUYS, THE IMAGE OF HUMANITY Silvana Editoriale, 2001 Milan, Italy THE POETRY OF SCULPTURE In JOSEPH BEUYS - SCULPTOR OF SOULS Silvana Editoriale, 2001 Milan, Italy THOUGHT AS DESIGN Theory of architecture and neuro-imaging (paper) ExperimentaDesign 2001 Lisbon, Portugal KIRKOS - A Dialogue Between Marcel Duchamp and Josqin des Prés Music and neurology ASA Art and Technology, Naples, 2004 AMORES - A Floating Island for Lisbon Project for the 2020 Olympic Games Architecture ASA Art and Technology, Lisbon, 2005 The Time Design Museum Architecture ASA Art and Technology, Trancoso, 2006 Logical Traps Thirty Years of Works - Fifteen years of Interviews Architecture, Music, Photography ASA Art and Technology, London, 2007 Graphic designer for the visual poem/book titled "VOCOGRAMAS" by Decio Pignatari for the Mexican magazine "Plural" (Octavio Paz). Published in 1985 by the Federal University of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Virtual Music Drawings for the book ALDO RODA - THE THOUGHT TAKES SHAPE by Lucrezia De Domizio Durini. Il Clavicembalo, Milan, Italy, 1998.