Alexandre Alagôa (1994) is an experimental filmmaker and multimedia artist working between Lisbon and Luxembourg.
Alagôa’s work explores the mechanical, plastic and durational specificities of the audiovisual medium, and its immediate physical, raw and kinetic impact on the viewer’s perceptual organism and nervous system, often resulting in a xamanic-like ritual where eye, body and brain are submitted into a space and time-bending experience: matter, perspective and compositional logic are constantly being challenged, on the verge of a breaking point. From an obvious presentation of reality, to its manipulation and deterioration, Alagôa’s films usually present us a familiar world only to slowly exhaust it: a complete destruction of the Earth’s gravity, now entering a void where light and movement merge and interact into a new formless and shapeless world, shattering the senses of vision and hearing into new sensible and obscure realms.
Graduated in Multimedia Arts (2015), Master in Audiovisuals (2018) and Post Graduated in Sound Art (2019) from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon. From 2017 to 2018 integrates the Multimedia Art Department of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Lisbon as a Technician and Assistant, supporting the Audiovisual students in the development and presentation of film, video and installations.
Invited lecturer for Cultural and Educational Portuguese Institutions such as Atelier de Lisboa (Alvalade, Lisbon) and CineReactor (S. Sebastião, Lisbon), giving speeches on Experimental Film, mostly focused on the Structural Film approach. Also collaborated as a video and sound technician for portuguese Cultural Associations such as Associação Gandaia (Costa da Caparica, Portugal) and Gerador (Lisbon, Portugal).
In 2020 launches a new project entitled turva, an audiovisual label focused on the production and publishing of experimental art, along with portuguese musician and sound artist Luís Neto.
Alagôa’s films and audiovisual pieces have been present in international festivals and exhibitions, such as Go Short (The Netherlands, 2022), Videoformes (France, 2022), Monstra (Portugal, 2022), Vienna Shorts (Austria, 2021), Festival Tous Courts (France, 2021), Cairo Video Fest (Egypt, 2021), Flatpack (UK, 2021), Split Video Art Festival (Croatia, 2021), Strangloscope (Brazil, 2021), Art Madrid (Spain, 2020), InShadow: Lisbon Screendance Festival (Lisbon, 2018); Festival Ecrã (Brazil, 2018); Festival Video Art Miden (Greece, 2018); Richterfest (Russia, 2017); IVAHM (Spain, 2017); Festival Reverso 02 (Lisbon, 2016); I stood up and... never sat down again (Plataforma Revólver, Lisbon, 2016).