Pedro Miguel Sá Couto is a PhD Candidate, media researcher, and graphic designer from Porto, Portugal. He holds a Master's degree of Arts in Fine Art and Design - Experimental Publishing from the Piet Zwart Institute - Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam (NL). Pedro is a PhD Candidate from the Doctoral Programme in Digital Media at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, supported by a scholarship for advance studies granted by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT). Pedro is an Integrated Researcher at i2ADS – Research Institute of Art, Design and Society based at Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Porto (FBAUP). His research focuses on archives and libraries that provide alternative spaces to access peer-produced knowledge from informal and unconventional distribution channels. I have presented work at Ars Electronica 2020 (Linz), the Het Nieuwe Instituut (Rotterdam), Varia Centre for Everyday Technology (Rotterdam), oMuseu (Porto).

Personal identification

Full name
Pedro Miguel Sá Couto Condeço Ribeiro

Citation names

  • Sá Couto, Pedro

Author identifiers

Ciência ID


Mobile phone
  • (+351) 912165796 (Personal)


  • pedrosacouto.com (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - Arts


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Spanish; Castilian Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1)
Italian Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1)
Dutch Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1)
Degree Classification
2020/09/01 - 2024/09/01
Doctoral Program in Digital Media (Doutoramento)
Major in Especialidade de Criação de Audiovisual e de Conteúdos Interativos
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2018/09/06 - 2020/08/01
Master of Arts in Fine Art and Design: Experimental Publishing (Master)
Major in Media Design
Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie, Netherlands

Piet Zwart Institute, Netherlands
"Tactical Watermarks" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2014 - 2018/07/09
Licenciatura em Design de Comunicação (Licenciatura)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Belas Artes, Portugal
2016/09/23 - 2017/02/22
ERASMUS: Design della Comunicazione (Outros)
Major in Book Design
Politecnico di Milano, Italy


Host institution
2018/06/30 - Current Graphic Designer Neural Magazine, Italy
2018/02/01 - 2018/08/31 Estágio curricular: Designer Gráfico id:D - Laboratório de Design Departamento de Design da FBAUP, Portugal
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Belas Artes, Portugal


  1. Simon Browne; Tancredi Di Giovanni; Paloma García; Rita Graça; Artemis Gryllaki; Pedro Sá Couto; Biyi Wen; Bohye Woo. ”The Network We (de)Served”. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Piet Zwart Institute and Varia Centre for Everyday Technology. 2019.
  2. Simon Browne; Tancredi Di Giovanni; Paloma García; Rita Graça; Artemis Gryllaki; Pedro Sá Couto; Biyi Wen; Bohye Woo. The Library Is Open. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Piet Zwart Institute. 2019.
  3. Simon Browne; Tancredi Di Giovanni; Paloma García; Rita Graça; Artemis Gryllaki; Pedro Sá Couto; Biyi Wen; Bohye Woo. “Ten Theses on Life Hacks”. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Piet Zwart Institute and Varia Centre for Everyday Technology. 2018.
Book chapter
  1. Sá Couto, Pedro Miguel; Carvalhais, Miguel; Cardoso, Pedro. Corresponding author: Sá Couto, Pedro Miguel. "Peer-Produced Archives, Peer-Designed Solutions". In Advances in Design and Digital Communication IV, 108-121. Portugal: Springer Nature Switzerland, 2023.
    Published • 10.1007/978-3-031-47281-7_9

Artistic / Performance

Visual artwork
  1. Simon Browne; Tancredi Di Giovanni; Paloma García; Rita Graça; Artemis Gryllaki; Pedro Sá Couto; Biyi Wen; Bohye Woo. Iris Version 0.5.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2021/12/08 Tactical Watermarks: Bypassing surveillance in the publishing realm Parallel Library Services
(Roterdam, Netherlands)
2021/11/09 Interfacing Peer-Produced Knowledge: A Framework based on Pervasive Games to Archive and Distribute Perishable Collections Assembled Through Portuguese Print Shops REBOOT FEST: New media and digital art festival — Digital Media Doctoral Symposium
Reitoria da Universidade do Porto (Porto, Portugal)
2020/09/10 Tactical Watermarks The Wild State
Ars Electronica Festival, Kunstuniversität Linz (Linz, Austria)
2019/05/18 Interfacing the law XPUB Special Issue #09
Leeszaal Rotterdam West (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
2019/05/17 The Network We (de)Served Making Public
ArtEZ University of the Arts (Arnhem)
2019/03/04 Wttf — Welcome to the Federation XPUB Special Issue #08
Varia Centre for Everyday Technology, Rotterdam (NL)
2019/01/24 Life Hacks: Mind Life Hacks
Het Nieuwe Instituut , Rotterdam (NL) (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
2018/12/13 Life Hacks: Introducing Iris Life Hacks
Het Nieuwe Instituut , Rotterdam (NL) (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
2018/11/22 Life Hacks: Time Life Hacks
Het Nieuwe Instituut , Rotterdam (NL) (Rotterdam)
2018/10/31 Life Hacks: Space Life Hacks
Varia Centre for Everyday Technology, Rotterdam (NL) (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2021/02/25 - Current CreativityTalks is a forum for multidisciplinary creative thinking processes, intent on leveraging innovation and new pedagogical methodologies. The series will consist of talks by leading figures that critically reflect and apply creativity in a broad spectrum of areas. CreativityTalks will be organized in yearly cycles of four talks. The target audience for CreativityTalks includes all fields of academia, research institutes, public organizations, companies, and society at large. (2021/02/25)
Seminar (Member of the Organising Committee)
Universidade do Porto, Portugal
2019/10/04 - 2020/02/18 Text Launderette — A workshop using a home-made, DIY book scanner, and open-source software to scan, process, and add digital features to printed texts brought by the participants to the workshop. Shadow libraries operate outside of legal copyright frameworks, in response to decreased open access to knowledge. This workshop aimed to extend our research on libraries, their sociability, and methods by which we can add provenance to texts included in public or private, legal or extra-legal collections. (2020/02/18 - 2020/02/18)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
Hogeschool Rotterdam Willem de Kooning Academie, Netherlands
2019/06/20 - 2019/06/20 Blurry Boundaries — Select, annotate, analyze, scan, correct, digitize, print, read, transfer, erase, encode, curate, hack, interface, work, copy... How do we reveal the hidden labour involved in these processes? What libraries become possible when you transform physical books into digital files, and vice versa? In this workshop participants were asked to enhact librarians, converting books into machine readable files, a process involving tools, time and choices. (2019/06/20 - 2019/06/20)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
Leeszaal Rotterdam West, Netherlands

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2019/05/10 - Current Facilitated by Eva Weynmayr. A View from Elsewhere on Publishing, Copyright and Creativity.
Borrowing, Poaching, Plagiarising, Pirating, Stealing, Gleaning, Referencing, Leaking, Copying, Imitating, Adapting, Faking, Paraphrasing, Quoting, Reproducing, Using, Counterfeiting, Repeating, Translating, Cloning
Piet Zwart Institute, Netherlands
2019/05/09 - Current Facilitated by Martino Morandi, Anita Burato and Eva Weinmayr. A workshop on bibliographies, categories and metadata.
Infrastructural Manœuvres in the Library
Gerrit Rietveld Academie Sandberg Instituut, Netherlands
2019/05/07 - Current Facilitated by Bodó Balász, focused on the emergence of online shadow libraries, delving into the most downloaded files in each country from Library Genesis.
The science of piracy, the piracy of science
Piet Zwart Institute, Netherlands
2019/04/18 - Current Facilitated by Femke Snelting. How do questions and their possible answers change when a different methodology is applied? What new aspects become visible? Which ideas can emerge with a different way of engaging with questions? What do different ways-of-doing actually do?
m-e-t-h-o-d-o-l-o-g-i-e-s (or not)
Piet Zwart Institute, Netherlands
2019/11/01 - 2019/11/01 Facilitated by Olia Lialina. This workshop explored the early web through the unique interface of the GeoCities Research Institute, under the guidance of Olia Lialina, net artist, vernacular web researcher, and keeper of the archive.
A Day in One Terabyte of Kilobyte Age
IMPAKT Festival, Netherlands
2019/07/04 - 2019/07/04 Facilitated by Dušan Barok. A workshop focused on the historical memory of physical texts and their spatial position translation into a digital collection.
Piet Zwart Institute, Netherlands
2019/05/18 - 2019/05/18 Facilitated by Amy Pickes and Cristina Cochior. A sound-to-voice -to-speech making, recording, arranging and announcing workshop.
Say it ain’t so
ArtEZ University of the Arts, Netherlands

Other distinction

2020 FCT PhD Research Grant
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal