In ‘UN/BIASED,’ the Portuguese design team merged design and science, using bacteria to visualise data streams pertaining to an opaque, yet eroding factor in Portuguese society: sexism.

The installation consisted of four maps that contrasted gender gaps in areas such as wages and higher education. Two maps were computer-generated; animated visualisations extrapolated a dystopian future based on ongoing downward spiral trends. The other two maps used biological elements (plants, viruses, and bacteria) to represent an invigorated utopian nation, characterised by progressive socio-economic indicators. Utopia was conveyed by the equalitarian map landscapes and the use of natural elements as instruments for data visualisation.

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Photography: Ed Reeve


Administering Body:

Cultivamos Cultura

Design Team:

Marta de Menezes

Pedro Miguel Cruz


Manuel Lima

Supporting Bodies:

Embassy of Portugal in the United Kingdom

República Portuguesa/Cultura

Direção-Geral das Artes

IGC, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

Paula Duque (Plant Molecular Biology Lab)

Isabel Gordo (Evolutionary Biology Lab)

Joana Gonçalves Sá (Science and Policy Lab)

Ana Mena (Outreach Department)

Dr. Simon Park (Department of Microbial Sciences, University of Surrey)

2016 Exhibitors