Carla Fernandes is currently Principal Investigator and invited Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, FCSH, where she is Head of the ‘BlackBox – Arts & Cognition Lab’, funded by the European Research Council, since 2014. She directs the Performance and Cognition group at ICNOVA since 2021. Her research focus is in the intersection of multimodal communication, social cognition, new media and the performing arts, from cognitive and ethnographic perspectives. She has been designing and leading interdisciplinary research projects for over 12 years in the areas of cognitive linguistics, creativity, multimodal communication, non-verbal behaviour, video annotation, and the creation of digital platforms to document intangible cultural heritage, such as contemporary dance and performance. She also directs the ‘TKB project’ (A Transmedia Knowledge-Base for performing arts) since 2010, funded by FCT Portugal.