THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ALAN TURING

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ALAN TURING

Miguel Bonneville
Lisbon Premiere
AUTHOR(S)
Miguel Bonneville
DATE
October 14th and 15th
8:00 pm
DURATION
50’
LOCAL
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CLASSIFICATION
M/12
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Synopsis

The Importance of Being Alan Turing is part of Miguel Bonneville’s serial performative project about the lives and works of artists and thinkers who have been important to him throughout the years.

It takes as its starting point the life and work of mathematician, cryptanalyst and computer scientist Alan Turing (1912-1954).

Best known for having helped decipher the codes of the German Enigma machine during World War II, and thus speeding the end of the war, Turing was also a pioneer in theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. In 1952, he faced a criminal prosecution for homosexual acts. He was condemned and, in order to avoid being imprisoned, he was chemically castrated. He died two years later of cyanide poisoning – it is not known whether accidentally or deliberately.

After an internet campaign, in 2009, he received public apologies from the British government and, in 2013, from Queen Elizabeth II.

Miguel Bonneville creates an intimate relationship with real characters in history and has a very particular way of calling them to his performative imageries.

In The Importance of Being Alan Turing – “an emotional technology project” – he develops an obsessive gaze at the body and its encounter with electronic music; bodily experience + mathematical discipline = erotic potency.

In this performance, Bonneville is accompanied by sound artist Clothilde, and by her modular synthesizers (which are very similar to a computer from the beginning of the last century), both seeking to immerse themselves in a “world of ghosts that travel along the wires”, creating music to disrupt bodies.

Bio

Miguel Bonneville (Porto, 1985) introduces us to autobiographical works focused on the deconstruction and reconstruction of identity. His work is transdisciplinary and therefore is presented in a variety of formats: performances, drawings, photographs, films, music or artist books.His work has been presented in art galleries, theaters and non-conventional venues in Portugal and abroad, namely the serial projects Family Project, Miguel Bonneville, and The Importance of Being.

In 2015 he won the Rede Ex Aequo Award for the performances Medo e Feminismos (in collaboration with Maria Gil), and The Importance of Being Simone de Beauvoir.

He is artistic director of Teatro do Silêncio.

www.miguelbonneville.com

Technical Sheet

Director, composer, writer and performer
Miguel Bonneville

Co-creator, composer and performer
Clothilde

Costume design
Mariana Sá Nogueira

Set design
Nuno Tomaz

Light design
Nuno Patinho

Sound operator
José Veiga

Photography/Design
Joana Linda, Miguel Bonneville

Preface
João Manuel de Oliveira

Design/Publication
Ilhas

Press office
Sara Cunha

Coproduction
Circular – Festival de Artes Performativas
Festival Verão Azul – casaBranca

Production
Teatro do Silêncio

Residency support
Arte Total/ Guelra – Laboratório de Criação Coreográfica
Teatro Cão Solteiro
Voarte/Soudos – Espaço Rural de Artes
AAC-Soudos

Support
Fundo Cultural SPA

Teatro do Silêncio is funded by República Portuguesa – Cultura |
Direcção Geral das Artes and Junta de Freguesia de Carnide