Inércia is a non-profit organisation aimed to outreach and make the demoscene known in Portugal.
The demoscene is a worldwide non-commercial network of creative minds involved in the making of computer generated art, combining programming, graphics and music.
We are part of an international community of artists and organisers, dedicated to promote this type of digital art through events, conferences, etc.
Inércia organises and affiliates itself with events and initiatives, mainly in Portugal but also abroad.
Initiative to enlist the Demoscene as UNESCO intangible world heritage
“The Demoscene, which is born at the heart of the home computer revolution, shows how skills and creativity can be stimulated and implemented in a dynamic cultural practice adopted to digital contexts. Many of its techniques and mindsets became core techniques and influences of the digital change and are still vibrant today. Seven decades after the invention of computers, we think it’s time to push for the next step to take born-digital culture seriously as part of our cultural heritage, starting an initiative to bring the demoscene onto the list UNESCO intangible world cultural heritage. So we invite all sceners and non-sceners to join us and support the initiative in the upcoming years.”
Andreas Lange & Tobias Kopka, Initiators of the campaign “Art of Coding”, April 2019
After the successful breakthrough in Finland, Germany and Poland, where the Demoscene was accepted in their national UNESCO cultural heritage lists, more countries are needed in order to push its status into the intangible world cultural heritage. In Portugal, there is a long list of traditional arts and crafts that compete with each other to be accepted in the national cultural heritage list. Our goal is to compile and submit an application to the portuguese UNESCO office so that we can work with our affiliates around the world and bring the Demoscene to a global cultural heritage status.