Monai de Paula Antunes is an artistic researcher, transmission artist and radio-maker interested in complexity and communication together with their material, spatial and political entanglements. Her current research Wild Design contests  hegemonic understandings of design and embraces the contradiction inherent to what wild means today, particularly engaging with responsive human-environment relationships that favor the circumstances over predetermined structures. Her work also engages with the rich materialities and multiple cultural traditions of radio, calling attention through them to peripheral manifestations of cybernetics and ecology. Becoming infrastructure, her work hopes to decentralise and connect modes, sites and processes of knowledge-making and exchange, as well as expand perceptions on the environment, more-than-human intelligence and technology. By using radio to set up perfomative archives in different ways, she tries to restore and reinvent spatial and nonlinear qualities to navigation. Furthermore she tries to contest connoted Media Art and AI aesthetics.

She is the director and founder of Archipel Stations Community Radio, and founding and board member of Archipel e.V and Freies Radio Berlin Brandenburg e.V., founding member of Flusser Club e.V., as well as a diligent member of other NGOs engaged with art, education, communication, philosophy and ecology.

She holds BA, MFA and MA degrees in Visual Communication and Arts and Media, specializing in Generative/Computational Art and Experimental Spatial Systems, all at the Universität der Künste Berlin. She has been awarded the Elsa-Neunmann Fellowship and nominated to the Villa Romana Prize 2023.

She has exhibited at SAVVY Contemporary, Instituto INHOTIM, Floating University, Onassis Stegi, transmediale, CTM Festival, European Media Art Festival, Ars Electronica and others. She is also involved with communication philosophy and archiving, being for three years a research assistant at the Vilém Flusser Archive, where she co-edited the Flusseriana: An Intellectual Toolbox - for which she won the prize #6 Deutsche Schönste Bücher 2016 from the Stiftung Buchkunst.

She has lectured at Konstfack, UdK Berlin, Weissensee Kunsthochschule and Universität Potsdam, and offered workshops in different contexts internationally. 

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last update March 2023