Of art
and technology
9—19 May '24
Braga, Portugal



Theatro Circo (Sala Principal)


9€ (4,5€ cartão quadrilátero)


Warning: show not recommended for people with epilepsy due to lighting effects.

ASBU is a journey through time and space. Drawing on a cosmogonic myth that explains the creation of the universe, ASBU takes us back to the moment of genesis of the distinctive world of SYNSPECIES, an audiovisual collaborative project created by the Spanish designer and musician Elías Merino and the Slovenian media artist Tadej Droljc.  

Through an audiovisual narrative that is both fictional and symbolic, set in an oblique and disorienting timeline, the performance describes the beginning of all things, from the emergence of the elementary forces from the void, the ritual that gave shape to the universe, to the birth of the first objects. 

In this work, SYNSPECIES explores concepts such as speculative fiction, the weird, superstitions; a particular view of cyberspace; dream visions, myths and folktales; as well as the sublime yet harsh realities of nature’s workings. 

SYNSPECIES is the outcome of several long discussions and conceptual drifts regarding virtual audiovisual objects, digital art paradigms, and narrative exploration. The project is a creation of artists Elías Merino and Tadej Droljc, inspired by virtual ecologies and unstable morphological spaces that emerge from a devastating interaction of co-existing unrelated entities with the void.   


Elías Merino

Elías Merino is a composer and sound artist based in Madrid. His practice includes installation, composition and live performance. Merino works in the fields of abstract and algorithmic computer music, contemporary electronics and instrumental music.  

Tadej Droljc
Droljc is a Slovenian artist and creative coder working at the intersection of sound, image and light. He has been awarded the Lumen Prize Student Award, the Dennis Smalley Scholarship in Electroacoustic Music and the Most Promising Video Artist Award at MADATAC (Madrid).

Support: Portuguese Republic – Culture / Directorate-General for the Arts. RTCP – Network of Portuguese Theatres and Cinemas


The ASBU residency is supported by the European Festivals Fund for Emerging Artists – EFFEA, an initiative of the European Festivals Association, co-funded by the European Union.