Jonathan Saldanha @ Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin
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Jonathan Saldanha: AFTER THE LAW | Fiction expérimentale | hdv | couleur | 27:0 | Portugal | 2020
"AFTER THE LAW is a courtroom short movie where a tribunal of humans and objects are contaminated by an untraceable virus. This judgement addresses an unknown accident that fractured the law and eroded speech. Trough a toxic mutation of roles and shapes, evidences, gestures and haptics the court colapses its capacity of deliberation. Shot in tape has a live performance, using a single camcorder, this court was designed has a cybernetic mechanism for haptic responses were collective drive, light, vibration, face recognition and empathy collide with a synthetic voice. All speech was generated with Google WaveNet, a generative model using neural networks to simulate human voices, this protocol was explored and accelerated to find moments were the voice of the machine breaks, stutters and drives glossolalia. In 2019 the images were used as a visual score for a group of deaf teenagers to interpret in an extended sine language, exploring the gaps of description and extending them to body description of this aphasic court. The coral voices were recorded through hipnose induced states, blending the surface frontiers that separate the body from its spatial resonators. A broken voice haunts a political paradox in a reversed bio engineering.
Jonathan Uliel Saldanha studied sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and devoted himself to studying the tabla - Indian percussion instrument - with the Hindu musical group Jugalbandi. He is the founder of the collective SOOPA, a visual, performative and sound laboratory, and Silorumor, a member of the Fujako duo and director of the group HHY & The Macumbas. Since 2010, he has composed several experimental sound pieces, co-created the pieces “Boca Wall”, “Shark” and “King Trilogy” and directed “Jungle Machine”, “Khorus Anima”, “The Well” and “Oxidation Machine”. , presented in venues such as Serralves, Porto - Rivoli Municipal Theater, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France) and Accès (s) Festival (Billère, France). He collaborated with artists such as Carlos Zíngaro, Steve Mackay, Adrian Sherwood, Vera Mantero, Mark Stewart, João Fiadeiro among others, and as a musician, performed in festivals such as Nyege Nyege (Uganda), Unsound (Poland), Sónar (Spain). , Primavera Sound, Amplifest, Out.Fest, Circular, Million Party, Neopop, Tapettefest (France) and Elevate (Austria). In 2019 he presented the installation Vocoder & Camouflage (Vanishing Point: works from the António Cachola collection, Torreão Nascente Lisboa), the piece “Scotoma Cintilante”, for the blind choir and score-sculpture (Porto Catholic University, São Carlos Lisbon National Theater ) at the 2019 BoCa Biennial, and “Broken Field Atlantis” a light-sheet concert (Porto Municipal Theater: Rivoli). Also in 2018, a work that precedes this exhibition, he presented the play “SØMA” where a group of deaf teenagers translate in gesture the filming of an animist court, presented at Culturgest Lisboa and at the Porto Municipal Theater: Rivoli. At the same time, he presented the exhibitions “Behemoth Republic”, in the Sonic Geometry cycle in the Archipelago São Miguel Arts Center, in the Azores and “Dismorfia”, at the Catholic University of Porto.