“Jason Akira Somma is a visual art anomaly who has done some pretty revolutionary things in the space of dance and technology.”
—The Creators Project (Intel, VICE)
Visual artist and choreographer Jason Akira Somma will preview a series of works-in-development as part of the Armory’s Under Construction Series. In addition to viewing a gallery of his visual art, Akira Somma will also be showcasing his work with dance, fracturing the movement of live dancers using analog technology to create an entirely new way to view the art form through interactive media and practices. The Under Construction Series offers audiences an inside look into the creative process of the Armory’s artists-in-residence, who set up studios and offer intimate public previews of works-in-progress.
Jason Akira Somma is a New York-based visual artist and choreographer who merges practices and incorporates science, new technologies, and kinesthetics into transcendent performances and experiences. In addition to his creative work, Mr. Akira Somma has lectured internationally at universities, museums, and national theaters on “Arts and Science/Performance and New Technology” via the U.S. Embassy, and has had the unique opportunity to be a guest consultant for the University of Glasgow in the Neuroscience department for a research study focusing on how the perception of movement affects brain imaging and transcranial magnet stimulation. He is the first American to receive the Rolex Arts Initiative for Dance and has been working under the mentorship of Jiří Kylián.
The Under Construction Series is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.Photo: Courtesy of the Artist
Tuesday, October 14 at 8:00pm
Wednesday, October 15 at 8:00pm
Board of Officers Room