Hexaedro is an immersive video-art installation, derived from Pedro Vaz's homonymous graduation project at the University of Coimbra Design & Multimedia master's degree.
Although the project is conceptually based on the corporate book Fight Gravity - An history of the concepts that radically changed our ways of thinking (Brandia Central, 2009), it is not sponsored by, nor affiliated to, any for-profit organization, and exclusively makes use of either original or licensed resources. As a result, the final artwork is itself licensed for use under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.
Born on the 15th of June 1985, in the Portuguese city of Coimbra, Pedro Vaz soon surrounds himself of transformation processes: of shape, figure and senses. At the age of 15 dreams of doing comic books, and at 17 of being an artist. From then on, he starts experimenting with graphic design, illustration, animation and moviemaking. In 2009, he's awarded, along with the Nefasto collective, the Young Portuguese Director award at the Cinanima film festival. In 2010, he joins the University of Coimbra's Design & Multimedia master's degree, where he becomes even more familiar with motion design, all the while gaining professional experience in branding, editorial design, video production and illustration. He sees motion design as the ultimate canvas for his creative ambitions.
This is not a "one man show". This project would be impossible without the precious help of those that, from the start, believed Hexaedro could come to life – a vast team driven by friendship and the sharing of a will: to do more with less. I am deeply grateful to all of you, especially to a friend of mine without whom, unquestionably, none of this would be possible: Eduardo Nunes, to whom I am happy to return all of the help and, more importantly, the friendship! Not less important: Maria de Lurdes, José Vaz, João Góis, Tiago Andrade, José Monsanto, Ana Baptista, Tiago Ribeiro, Daniel Vaz, Filipe Pires, Nuno Rodrigues, Fernanda Antunes, Miguel Soares, João Bicker, Paulo Gama, Pedro Casaleiro, Carlota Simões, Gilberto Pereira, José Neto, Pedro Rodrigues, Ana Rosa, Rui Valente and Elisabete Maia.
To ensure a seamless video experience, the following credits have been omitted from the final artwork:
Miguel Soares, Filipe Mesquita
Pedro Vaz, João Góis, Ana Baptista
Eduardo Nunes, João Góis, Filipe Pires, José Nuno Monsanto, Tiago Ribeiro, Ana Baptista, Nuno Rodrigues
Eduardo Nunes, Daniel Vaz, Pedro Vaz
Department of Informatics Engineering
University of Coimbra
Teatro da Cerca de São Bernardo
Museu da Ciência, Coimbra
Baptista e Soares, SA.
Fight Gravity- Uma História dos conceitos que mudaram radicalmente a nossa forma de pensar, Brandia Central, 2009
Allegory of the cave, Plato, 380 BC
The Code, Dan Child, 2011
Tree of Life, Terrence Malick, 2010
Vogel's net, Alfred Gell, 1992
Walking with cavemen, Richard Dale, 2003
Ballet mécanique, Fernand Léger, 1924
Le voyage dans la lune, Georges Méliès, 1902
Anémic cinéma, Marcel Duchamp, 1926
Le retour à la maison, Man Ray, 1923
Considering the high number of references used in the project, the previous list includes only the most relevant.