Marcelo Coelho


Marcelo Coelho is a Brazilian/American computation designer working on objects, installations, and live experiences. Spanning a wide range of media, processes, and scales, his work explores the boundaries between matter and information, fundamentally expanding and enhancing the ways in which we interact and communicate. Marcelo’s creative work has been exhibited internationally, including places such as the Rio 2016 Paralympics Ceremonies, Times Square, Ars Electronica, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Design Miami/, and can be found in private collections including the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation for Art and The Rothschild Collection. Recognition for his work include two Prix Ars Electronica awards, VIDA 16.0 Award, and the W Hotels Designer of the Future Award. Marcelo Coelho received a Doctorate in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab.

Beyond Vision: Lighting Performance
Beyond Vision is a lighting performance created for the Rio 2016 Paralympics Opening Ceremony. As a poetic representation of the sense of sight, a mass cast of 400 dancers were equipped with illuminated walking sticks collectively forming a large-scale 2.5-dimensional display.

Sticks were outfitted with a row of 128 programmable, high-intensity LEDs, which were triggered by a radio transmitter to play a series of pre-scripted animations and visual effects while dancers defined the position and orientation of each light.
Six-Forty by Four-Eighty: Interactive light installation
Six-Forty by Four-Eighty is a large-scale lighting installation that breaks pixels away from the screen, physically immersing viewers into an interactive computing experience.

Individually, pixels can be rearranged in space and change their color in response to touch; however, they only communicate their state to each other by using a person's body as the conduit for information. When grouped together, the pixels create patterns and animations, becoming a medium for composition and expression which evokes a form of digital graffiti.
Sandcastles: Photography without light
Sandcastles is a series of photographs that explore material representation across architectural and nano-scales, by traversing pre and post-photography technologies.

In collaboration with visual artist Vik Muniz, we drew a series of castle drawings onto a grain of sand with the use of a focused ion beam and scanning electron microscope. The final images are exhibited as large scale prints.