Panel discussion

The New Art Fest & António Cerveira Pinto is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Under the pandemic

Who’s going to build the black masterpiece about the horrors of viral disintegration. Of anyone’s death caused by a virus? Does it matter?

Somehow, humans are becoming prey either of semi-living creatures or falling into deception on an unprecedented scale. The so-called Anthropocene on its last leg seems to be the main character of a coming collapse. Incapable of leaving the “critical zone” of exploitation and corruption, it drowns in a cloud of misunderstandings and sorrow. Like Geoffrey Firmin, the alcoholic Consul of Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano, Humanity seems to be writing its epitaph. This literary transposition intends to fix at least one topic of discussion between three artists that contributed to the 2020_21 edition of The New Art Fest.


Jonas Runa

JONAS RUNA (Portugal, 1982) is an artist, composer and researcher with a PhD in Science and Technology of the Arts.

His work has been presented at:

—the 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 do Chile),

—Théâtre de la Ville (Paris),

—Arnold Schoenberg Hall (The Hague),

—Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon),

—Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon),

—Casa da Música (Porto) and Culturgest (Lisbon), among other venues.

A selection of his past works includes:

RIZOMA, 2018 – Sound and light composition: 14′ 12” (Music: Urantia, by Zul Zelub – Jorge Lima Barreto and Jonas Runa). Ø 100 cm. Private Collection.

E = MC2, 2018 – NeoPixel Digital RGB LED, Arduino Mega, Raspberry Pi, muslin and foam protection. Sound and light composition: 6′ 02”. Variable dimensions. Collection of the artist.

OUMUAMUA, 2018 – NeoPixel Digital RGB LED, Hacker LiPo 14.8V 2400mAh batteries, microcontroller Wemos D1, loudspeakers, felt, neoprene, tulle and cotton fabric. Variable dimensions (light suit). Variable duration (performance). Collection of the artist.

REUNION XXI, 2018 – Board and chess pieces, El wires, 64 light sensors, 16 loudspeakers, 4 amplifiers, sound card, Arduinos Mega, El Escudo Dos, Raspberry Pi.
25 x 50 x 50 cm. Collection of the artist.


Jonas Runa
Infodemics, 2020
Online Sound Installation

TNAF link to the artwork presentation

Official website

Kristina Petukhina

KRISTINA PETUKHINA, currently based in St Petersburg, is a senior sound designer, independent researcher, curator of the media project Tonoptik and teacher of music theory in action.


Kristina Petuknica
Sound of Isolation, 2020
Video made in Iphone photo

The New Art Fest link to the artwork presentation

Official website

Robert B Lisek

ROBERT B. LISEK (Polanda, 1972) is an artist, mathematician and composer who focuses on systems, networks and processes (computational, biological, social).

He is involved in a number of projects focused on media art, creative storytelling and interactive art. Drawing upon post-conceptual art, software art and meta-media, his work intentionally defies categorisation.

Lisek is a pioneer of art based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning [two of the most important drives of science and technology today].

Lisek is a composer of contemporary music, author of many projects and scores on the intersection of spectral, stochastic, concret music, musica futurista and noise.

Lisek is a scientist who conducts research in the area of foundations of science (mathematics and computer science). His research interests are category theory and high-order algebra in relation to artificial general intelligence.

Lisek is a founder of Fundamental Research Lab and ACCESS Art Symposium.

He is the author of 300 exhibitions and presentations, among others:

SIBYL @ ZKM Karlsruhe;

SIBYL II @ IRCAM Center Pompidou;

QUANTUM ENIGMA @ Harvestworks Center, New York and STEIM Amsterdam;

TERROR ENGINES @ WORM Center Rotterdam, and Secure Insecurity – ISEA Istanbul;

DEMONS @ Venice Biennale (accompanying events);

Manifesto vs. Manifesto @ Ujazdowski Castel of Contemporary Art, Warsaw;

NEST @ ARCO Art Fair, Madrid;

Float @ Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NYC;

WWAI – Siggraph, Los Angeles.


Robert B. Lisek
Viral Capital, 2019-2020
Extensible model of data > Environment > Viruses > Synthesis (sound, light and bio-synthesis)> Limits of Computability> Space> General research >

External link for the artwork

TNAF link to the project presentation

Official website

The New Art Fest and Antonio Cerveira Pinto is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Under the Pandemic [House of thoughts] [The New Art Fest]
Time: Sep 30, 2021 04:00 PM Brussels

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