Of art
and technology
Braga, Portugal

Jonathan Saldanha

Lago Libidinal


Under Scale Travels, a collaborative program about art and nanotechnology between gnration and International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Jonathan Uliel Saldanha presents Lago Libidinal (Libidinal Lake), a multi-scale piece that shows lymphatic network of inorganic derivatives that feeds on the continuous and constant flow of data referring to stock market fluctuations. The installation is an extension system of the stage play of the same name. The surface of an artificial lake serves as a mirror interface where a viral ecosystem reveals a lymphatic network of organic outputs that feeds the continuous flow of data to the fluctuations of the stock market. The body with a hidden light mechanism that interrelates with the hidden mechanism to reveal contaminations and turn them into vectors of red light.

Musician, visual artist, sound and stage creator, Jonathan Saldanha founded SOOPA, a music and art collective active in Porto since 1998, and directs the ensemble HHY & The Macumbas since its debut in 2009. He works as a sonic and scenic constructor, within the interception of sound, gesture, voice, stage and film, operating elements of pre-language, resonant choirs, cyclic percussion, cybernetic systems, unfathomable presence, pressure, haptic memory, allopoiesis, echo and intra-cranial-dub. He is an associate artist of Teatro Municipal do Porto between 2020 and 2022, where he presented the pieces “Mercúrio Vermelho” (2020), “Lithium Faust” (2021) and “3x Drill” (2021). He has shown his work at Unsound, Palais de Tokyo, Culturgest and Serralves, among many other venues.

Jonathan Saldanha