“Filozelle” is an interactive artefact, presented in the form of an embroidered and painted linen tapestry. It supports a number of actuators that, programmed, responds to a proximity sensor and a voice recognition system. It based on three realities: the symbiosis between design and technology, resulting in original artistic expressions in the ambit of creativity and aesthetics, the interaction between humans and machines through natural language, seeking to explore the improvement of communication between both, and the reality of the traditional embroideries that fight for its preservation and valorization, in this case applied to the culture of Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo, Tavira. New aesthetics of Digital Art may contribute to reactivate the interest and value of Traditional Embroidery in Portugal, to deconstruct its logic and reintroduce in the contemporary imaginary.
Maria Teresa Saruga Barradas Casteleiro Penacho, is an Adjunct Professor at Escola Superior de Educação on Beja, of Arts, Humanities and Sports Department, holds a PhD in Media-Digital Art from Universidade Aberta and Universidade do Algarve and a post-doctorate in Art Multimedia at the Faculdade de Belas Artes of Universidade of Lisboa. She has participated in several national and international conferences and has published several articles on Wearables Computers, Body as Interface, Biocybernetic Body, Textile Materials, Tradition and Technology in Traditional Embroidery and Fashionable Technology. Teresa also worked as a designer from 1998 to 2016 and was one of the founding partners of the Creative Industry: P. Gráfica, Indústria de Comunicação Gráfica Lda, which developed several works in Visual Design and Design Expo. Currently she is a researcher at CIAC (Centro de Investigação em Artes e Comunicação of Universidade Aberta and Centro de Investigação em Artes at the Universidade do Algarve) and CIEBA (Centro de Investigação e de Estudos em Belas-Artes) and develops some projects on Digital-Media Art.