Bioimages: production of images and their capture devices through ecological processes

The Bioimages project intends to problematize and promote, within the epistemological field of Art Education, new pedagogical practices based on sustainable and ecological principles. In the virtualization that the digital media behaves, it is often hidden the unsustainable infrastructure that supports them, with components harmful to the environment. The production of images in this virtuality also does not promote the awareness of the problem. In artistic education is recognized the need for the analog production of images as essential learning in this area. This project is based on a technology axis that focuses on innovative processes and technologies, drastically reducing the use of toxic chemicals present in the methods commonly used in conventional photo labs. The design and construction of these innovative and affordable technologies, from plastic recycling and 3D printing, will serve to assist the biodegradable processes of photosensitive film development and their applications may be multiple. On another axis, this project presents itself as a potentiating territory of sustainability issues, promoting and problematizing, at the same time, new pedagogical practices in Artistic Education.



The Bioimages project aims, through the crossing of technology and artistic education, to present a political link with issues of ecological order and environmental sustainability. What pedagogical practices for a more sustainable world can we find in the investigation of the production of images and their devices through ecological processes? In this sense the following objectives are listed:

  • Develop and produce, in 3D printing, what we call ecobjects that are devices for capturing and aiding the production and development of images using biodegradable materials.
  • To develop pedagogical practices in artistic teaching using 3D modeling and printing.
  • To develop new biodegradable alternative processes in the development of photosensitive film.
  • To develop pedagogical practices in artistic teaching with the use of biodegradable alternative processes in the development of photosensitive film.
  • Discuss and reflect critically on new sustainable and ecological pedagogical practices in art education courses, through workshops, training actions and conferences.
  • Discuss and reflect critically in the fields of technology, image theory and society from the various actions of the project.
  • Document and organize experiences through technical reports and the use of audiovisual media.
  • Design and adapt laboratory and design space and equipment and technologies for sustainable and ecological pedagogical practices.
  • To develop a pedagogical kit of sustainable and ecological practices in the scope of the creation of images in order to disseminate these practices in the artistic teaching.
  • Promote and disseminate project results in communications and scientific articles at national and international conferences.
  • Produce an electronic platform on the web with documentation and audiovisual material organized, as well as forums for discussion on the subject.
  • Produce a b-learning platform within the project
  • Organization of events within the scope of the project, research, technology and pedagogical practices focused on sustainability.



Tiago Assis (coordination)

Catarina Martins

Catarina Almeida

Susana Lourenço Marques

Tiago Pinho

João Lima

Ricardo Leite

Sofia Gouveia

João Sousa


Partner Institutions

Porto Media Innovation Labs (MIL)

Coding for Social Impact (CSI)

Escola Artística Soares dos Reis (EASR)

LIPOR – Serviço Intermunicipalizado de Gestão de Resíduos do Grande Porto

Project Coordinator(s) Tiago Assis
Start - End Date 2019-05 / 2022