about

Ece Canlı is a design researcher, artist and musician; born and raised in Turkey and based in Porto, Portugal. She holds a Ph.D. in Design from University of Porto (Portugal) and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Sweden). Her tools of investigation include text, voice, sound, and artefacts. 

Her academic work sits at the intersection of decolonial queer feminist epistemologies, material regimes and body politics; more specifically, socio-spatio-material constitutions of gender, sexuality, race and other identity categories. As a researcher and educator, she lectured internationally, taught design history, theory, criticism and methodologies, and published in various journals and anthologies. She is a founding member of the research collective Decolonising Design Group and currently a researcher in CECS (The Communication and Society Research Centre) at University of Minho, where she investigates spatial, material and technological conditions of queer incarceration.

In her artistic and vocal practice, she explores liminal states of demonised bodies, counterfactual narrativity and mental delinking through extralinguistic expressions and extended vocal techniques. She currently composes and performs in NOOITO, a duo project with the harpist Angélica V. Salvi (ES); in LIVE LOW, a music collective initiated by Pedro Augusto (PT), in COBRA’CORAL, an experimental vocal trio with artists Cléila Colonna (FR) and Catarina Miranda (PT). In November 2020, she released her solo debut album VOX FLORA, VOX FAUNA, while continuing to create and perform as a soloist.

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