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Academic biographyMarcos Dias is an Assistant Professor at the School of Communications, Dublin City University. He completed a PhD in Media Studies in the University of Melbourne, Australia in 2015 and also holds a MSc with Distinction in Interactive Digital Media from Trinity College Dublin. His main research investigates the social and spatial impact of digital technologies in the contemporary mediated city. As part of his PhD thesis, Marcos conducted ethnographic research on Blast Theory’s participatory art project A Machine to See With.
In his book The Machinic City: Media, Performance and Participation (Manchester University Press), Marcos investigates the potential of performance art to help us reflect on contemporary urban living and its assemblages of human and machine agency. He is available to supervise multidisciplinary PhD projects in media and communication studies, with a particular interest in the impact of digital technologies in urban space and also the role of public play, participatory art interventions, urban activism and artificial intelligence in the city.
Marcos teaches on the BSc in Multimedia programme across a range of modules, including Media Spaces, Major Production Project, Information Design, Emerging Media and New Media and Society. Prior to joining DCU, he was Lecturer in Media Studies in Maynooth University and Assistant Lecturer and Programme Director for the BA in Communications in Creative Media in DkIT.
He also holds a BA in Architecture and City Planning (University of Sao Paulo, Brazil) and a BA in Digital Media Design and Production-First Class Honours (Letterkenny Institute of Technology). Marcos has previously worked as an architect and web designer and was an Editorial Board Member of the Platform Journal of Media and Communications (2010-2011). He is currently a member of the Media, Cities and Space ECREA section.
Research interestsMarcos’s main research investigates the social and spatial impact of digital technologies in the contemporary mediated city. He has a particular interest in participatory art performances, interactive installations, public play interventions, urban activism and the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on urban life. Marcos has published academic papers on Internet studies, performance studies, interactive art installations and mixed reality.
He has published two articles in RTE Brainstorm about city surveillance and the impact of robots in everyday life in the city and his book The Machinic City: Media, Performance and Participation (Manchester University Press, 2021) investigates the potential of performance art to help us reflect on contemporary urban living and its assemblages of human and machine agency. Marcos is interested in collaborations on both research-based and creative projects that analyse the role and impact of digital technologies in contemporary urban life. His research interests include performative arts, social interaction, media and urban studies, urban activism, artificial intelligence, pervasive media, Internet studies, screen studies, interactive digital design, science and technology studies and philosophy.
Marcos is available to supervise multidisciplinary PhD projects in media and communication studies, with a particular interest on the impact of digital technologies in urban space and also the role of public play, urban activism and participatory art interventions in the city.