Diogo Tudela
The Machine is the Garden
Etched Prints + Photography + Diorama
2015 / Ongoing
Men mistook the order of their ideas for the order of nature, and hence imagined that the control which they have, or seem to have, over their thoughts, permitted them to exercise a corresponding control over things.

— James George Frazer, The Golden Bough

His (Coxe) entire argument for what we would call industrialization rests on the assumption that celestial mechanics, the orrery, the new engines of production, even the factory system – all embody the same ultimate laws of nature.

— Leo Marx, The Machine in the Garden
Interview about The Machine is the Garden
Text / Interview
In 2015, the body of work entitled The Machine is the Garden was selected as one of the finalists of the Novo Banco Revelation Award by the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.The featured text is a translation of the interview made by Ricardo Nicolau, one of the museum curators, about the project’s fundaments and intentions.
Athletics of Transcendence
Etched Prints
2015 / Ongoing
Cain was the first-born, and he belonged to the city of man; after him was born Abel, who belonged to the city of God. (…) When these two cities began to run their course by a series of deaths and births, the citizen of this world was the first-born, and after him the stranger in this world, the citizen of the city of God, predestinated by grace, elected by grace, by grace a stranger below, and by grace a citizen above. (…) Accordingly, it is recorded of Cain that he built a city, but Abel, being a sojourner, built none, For the city of the saints is above, although here below it begets citizens, in whom it sojourns till the time of its reign arrives, when it shall gather together all in the day of the resurrection, and then shall the promised kingdom be given to them, in which they shall reign with their Prince, the King of the ages, time without end.

— St. Augustine, The City of God
Three Parrots From Guadeloupe
Short Film
Three Parrots from Guadeloupe is a short film revolving around one single character — the spirit of place — and the possibility of a radical spatial expansion following a room-to-planetary-to-cosmos progression. Composed by a series of steady shots of my grandparent’s house and its surroundings accompanied by fabricated room tones, the film explores not only the plasticity of absence, but also the physical imposition of two unknown figures rendered through objects and heirlooms, culminating in the mutation of a home into a wormhole.
Radial Theatre
Kinetic Sculpture / Video
Within an oblique scale exercise, Radial Theatre revisits El Greco’s The Burial of the Count of Orgaz in an attempt to extract an inner cyclic mechanism from its visual and theologic hierarchy. As such, through an anamorphic projection, the original image was digitally distorted, cut and printed into wood in order to describe distinguished geometric and metaphysical orbits over a record turntable.
A — O w/ Jonathan Uliel Saldanha
Sound Sculpture / Resonance System
A — O is a large scale resonance system that mimics the dialogue between pre-linguistic vocalization and its own geological space. Cavities, tunnels and caves render, through their atypical acoustic properties, a place of ontological exchange as the echo and resonance that they enclose sustains an immersive animistic platform.
Inland Strello Mountain w/ Jonathan Uliel Saldanha
AV Installation / Performance
… prodigies related in old times of the inland Strello mountain in Portugal (near whose top there was said to be a lake in which the wrecks of ships floated up to the surface)

— Herman Melville, Moby Dick

Inland Strello Mountain was a direct evocation of Lagoa Escura, an eerie lagoon located on top of Serra da Estrela, Portugal, and the surrounding myths that led to the delirious 1881 expedition to that location.Until the end of the 19th century, folklore described an underground tunnel connecting the lagoon to the bottom of Atlantic Ocean, as only such geological phenomenon could justify the shipwrecks that locals claimed to see through the lagoon’s turbid waters.
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A Perfect and Absolute Blank
Etched Prints + Animation
A Perfect and Absolute Blank is an ensemble of multimedia pieces dealing with the computational reconstruction of Terry Atkinson and Michael Baldwin's Map of Thirty-Six Square Mile Surface of Pacific Ocean West of Oahu, 1967.
The Chinese Room w/ Carlos Azeredo Mesquita
Etched Prints + Copper Records
As the first installment of a joint effort to bring traditional printmaking and computation together through an oblique use of technology, The Chinese Room is a reflexive piece dealing with its own technical existence and the archetypes of image and sound construction.
Twice Two Makes Four Without My Will
Kinetic Sculpture
Good heavens, gentlemen, what sort of free will is left when we come to tabulation and arithmetic, when it will all be a case of twice two make four? Twice two makes four without my will. As if free will meant that!

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

A Museum, a Chapel and a Swimming Pool
Expanded Cinema Installation
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Musical Device
The appearance of FS/Partial is deeply related to spectograms. The graphical propositions embodied by these representations are the core for the shape and mechanics of this device. FS/Partial has a rather strict purpose, preform additive synthesis in live contexts. Therefore, every technical feature and design option works towards a clear and inteligible solution to visually display the Fourier series. The device provides physical control over 8 harmonic partials. The height of each tube is resposible for the amplitude of the sine it controls. From left to right, partials' frequencies get higher, the leftmost being the fundamental frequency of the produced signal. Additional control is given through two horizontal faders located on the side of the device. One is responsible for setting the fundamental frequency , thus moving all the partials along the spectrum in equal intervals; the other, works like a low-pass filter, cutting off partials that are currently outside the interval defined by the two faders.