New Creation – Installation
“Atavic Machine / Máquina Atátiva”

Jonathan Uliel Saldanha is a musician, visual artist, sound and stage creator. In “Atavic Machine”, he continues on a singular path, which interweaves a visceral curiosity for ancestral cultures, looking for the qualified encounter that leads him to apparently distant geographies and sensibilities. There is always a profoundly human dimension, even if the technologies and the fracturing future visions of the normative narratives are present. Jonathan Uliel Saldanha’s creations can take the form of a record, a performance, an installation, a documentary series about Haitian voodoo… it can be a science fiction film between Congo and Uganda, it can be choreography for light robots (“Lithium Faust”, 2021), can be a piece for a choir of blind people and a sculpture, as he did in “Scotoma Cintilante” at BoCA 2019.

His creations are full of references to natural spaces, which the artist transports into artificial spaces. In “Atavic Machine” Jonathan operates for the first time in a vegetal space (of human construction) – the Lisbon Green House – the action of a sound and light machine, where the latent and fictitious characteristics from a remote and future time come together.

Creation and music: Jonathan Uliel Saldanha
Production: BoCA
Support: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, Estufa Fria


“Atavic Machine / Máquina Atávica” is a commissioned project by BoCA Biennial of Contemporary Arts 2021


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