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Jason Akira Somma, performance at Dynamic Leadership: Creating the Future. View the full Schedule of Events.
Jason Akira Somma
New York City based inter-disciplinary visual artist Jason Akira Somma is an internationally lauded heretic in the world of art, renowned for “defying categorization” (Rolex Arts Initiative) and recognized as “a visual art anomaly who has done some pretty revolutionary things in the space of performance and technology,” (The Creators Project, Intel, Vice). Somma’s work explores the merging of engineering new technology, science, performance, and kinesthetics into new, autonomous media.
Somma’s work has been featured in The Guggenheim Museum, New Museum, MoMA, CCA (Glasgow), Aichi Triennale (Japan), Sundance Channel, PBS, MTV Europe, and the Performatica Festival (Mexico), Saddler Wells Theatre in London and the National Chaillot Theater of Paris among other venues.
Somma has been commissioned by the Lyon Opera Ballet as well as the BBC Bigscreens Moves Festival. He was a guest artist at the Center of Contemporary Art (CCA) in Glasgow and was a featured artist at the Robert Wilson Watermill Foundation. Jason’s solo gallery show entitled “Phosphene Variations” premiered at the Location 1 gallery (SoHo) in 2013, and featured the very first free-floating-interactive-holograph-film installation.
Jason Akira Somma is the first American to receive the Rolex Arts Initiative for Dance in 2008, and has been working under the mentorship of Jiri Kylian and has continued to collaborate with Kylian on several projects to date.
Jason has been a technological consultant for a variety of institutions and esteemed artists including Marina Abramovic, Walt Disney’s Imagineers, Namesake and multibrand retailer ØDD., and the University of Glasgow in the Neuroscience department for a research study focusing on how the perception of movement affects the brain.