Performance © Vasco Stocker de Vilhena, 2019

Performance © Vasco Stocker de Vilhena, 2019

The work is presented in the form of performance, with a light suit created by the artist in collaboration with fashion designer Alexandra Moura. The performer is the distant messenger, and proposes a sound, luminous and performance journey, unfolding in a flow of improvisations and merging in an open discourse in permanent action. The performer works from the inside of the sound, molding him as a sculptor and unfolding himself in dynamic notions of time - retarded, synchronous, asynchronous and accelerated - in order to create new sound spaces.

Jonas Runa after performance © Vasco Stocker de Vilhena, 2019

Jonas Runa

Born in 1981, in Lisbon. Lives and works in Lisbon.

Artist, composer and researcher. He has been looking for interdisciplinary intersections from different artistic areas, especially in the field of visual arts, music, dance and performance.

His works were presented at Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, 55th and 56th Venice Biennale, 798 Art District (Beijing), ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Galerie Scheffel (Frankfurt), Logos Foundation (Ghent), Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago de Chile), Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Arnold Schoenberg Hall (The Hague), Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (Lisbon), Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), Casa da Música (Porto) and Culturgest (Lisbon), among others.

‘Oumuamua by Jonas Runa
January 25, 9.30pm

‘Oumuamua is the name of the first interstellar object detected to pass through our Solar System - the first messenger from a distant distant past that can be reached by humanity. 'Oumuamua challenges the order and regularity of the planets' orbits, and their elliptical movement: as a temporary visitor, it moves along a highly hyperbolic trajectory.

'Oumuamua, 2018 © Fernando Pina /Courtesy Jonas Runa Studio

The 1,200 LED lamps installed in the suit are individually programmable in up to sixteen million colors, and are organized according to twenty pre-established structures. However, there is an organized randomness inside each of the structures, which allows for always different lighting effects. Dance, music, performance and visual arts are thus brought together in a messenger sent from the depths of the universe.

Performance © Vasco Stocker de Vilhena, 2019

He studied Physics and Mathematics at Instituto Superior Técnico University of Lisbon, and in 2008, he completed a degree in Sonology at Royal Conservatory The Hague - Institute of Sonology. In 2015, he concluded at Portuguese Catholic University one of the first PhDs in computer music in Portugal, with the thesis Aesthetics of Computer Music: Musical Energy Unrealized.

In 2019 the post-doctoral project approved by FCT begins, with the title Sound at the edge of consciousness: Electronic art music and Artistic research, based at CESEM-FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. He is also co-investigator for the project TEPe - Technologically Expands Performance, based at the Faculty of Human Kinetics.

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