Hugo Olim

Hugo Olim was born in Madeira island , Portugal. He works in the field of visual arts, with a focus on the mediums of video and photography. The aim of his practice is to explore the diverse nature of imagery and its relationship with sound, time, space and technology. He is currently a teacher in the Art and Design department at the University of Madeira.


1:  The world is round.

2:  Madeira is an island .

3:  Seawater has salt.


What is the biggest inspiration for your visuals?
Everything I see and listen.

How and when did you get into making visuals?
I started getting interested into visuals when my grand father gave me a photographic camera when I was six (a 110 film camera that I still have). Aged nine my parents gave me a videocassette recorder and I start making my own linear editing, recording TV programs. At university, with twenty years old, I first got in to video mixers and the non-linear editing by computer. Since then, it has been a long process of experimentation.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Not my favorites but someone’s that I listened a lot: Jan Jelinek – Loop Finding Jazz Records; Fennesz – Endless Summer; Clicks and Cuts 2; Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Vrioon; Curd Duca – Easy Listening 5.

What do you associate with Berlin?
Digital in Berlin [;-)], and the Transmediale Festival.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
Any place near the beach.

If there was no visual stuff in the world, what would you do instead?
Maybe I would try to do some music. :-)

What was the last record you bought?
I don’t remember the last one but I can remember the 1st one: it was the album Ten by Pearl Jam.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
With Christian Marclay would be nice.

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
As spectator, maybe Mathiew Herbert playing live in 2005 at Casa da Música, Porto. As performer, there was a gig that I have good memories of, it was when I did the visuals for the “Firebird” piece by Stravinsky conducted by Rui Massena and played by Madeira Classical Orchestra, in 2007. It was the first time that my parents saw me working live.

How important is technology to your creative process?
Technology helps me solving problems and it’s a way to do the things in a faster way.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I have a sister 5 years younger than me. She is a doctor and I guess I have more reasons to be proud of her than she has of me :-). She is a really nice sister and we love which other.

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