João Costa, 27. Artist and Designer. Born in Petrópolis, Brazil.

Currently living and working in Cambridge, MA.

João Costa is a research assistant and PhD student in the Mediated Matter Research Group at  the MIT Media Lab. He focuses his work on the investigation of autonomous systems and sentient networks through the creation of rhizomatic mechanisms and environments that embody specific processes and routines found in nature.


Holding an M.P.S. degree from ITP at the New York University, and a B.A. in Graphic Design and Visual Communication from PUC in Rio de Janeiro, João aims to bring nature as an agent in the construction of architectural spaces and structures, facilitating the dialogue between philosophy, science, architecture and art.



His work has been featured in various design and art publications, such as The Creators Project, Arduino and Creative Applications.






. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Assistant at Mediated Matter, MIT Media Lab

2017 -


. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

PhD MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

2018 -


. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

M.S. MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

2017 - 2018


. New York University

M.P.S. ITP Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY

2014 - 2016


. Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

B.A. Graphic Design / Visual Communication, Rio de Janeiro, BR

2010 - 2013


. Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage

Multiple courses, Rio de Janeiro, BR

2011 - 2013


2018 - Making data matter: Voxel printing for the digital fabrication of data across scales and domains

Bader C., Kolb D., Weaver C. J., Sharma S., Hosny A., Costa J., and Oxman N., Science Advances, Vol. 4, no. 5


2018 - Spinning Smooth and Striated: Integrated Design and Digital Fabrication of Bio-homeomorphic Structures across Scales

Costa, J., Bader, C., Sharma, S., Xu, J., and Oxman, N. , Proceedings of the IASS Annual Symposium.


2016 - 15th Biennial Symposium on Arts and Technology. New London, CT

2015 - New Interfaces for Musical Expression, Bell House. Brooklyn, NY

2015 - Between Sea and Sun, The Museum of Moving Image. New York, NY

2015 - Prix Ars Electronica, Public Nomination for Digital Music and Sound Art.

2014 - Koan, Bhering. Rio de Janeiro, BR.

2014 - Sisyphus, Casamata. Rio de Janeiro, BR.


Creative Applications

Neural Magazine

The Creators Project



Étapes Magazine