Matheus Leston is a musician, artist and music producer. He has created the multimedia projects Orquestra Vermelha (2013) and Menos (2016), and currently releases electronic music under the alias Lateral. Leston was a member of Patife Band and has worked in several art institutions, such as Instituto Tomie Ohtake and Fundação Bienal de São Paulo. He took part in the exhibitions Adrenalina and Caos e Efeito, played during the 4ª Jornada de Cinema Silencioso and participated in Sistemas Ecos 2014 as an artist and tutor. Besides working as a sound editor, Matheus is a programmer and consultant for multimedia projects. He also created the scenography for the concert Todas as Manhãs do Mundo and composed the soundtrack for the series Contos do Edgar and movies such as Preto ou Branco!, A Redação, Obra Prima and Mais uma Noite.
I would say I’m a musician-etc. Or maybe that my work is music in the expanded field. I’m mostly interested in the superposition of these two relationships: sound / image and art / technology. But I understand them from a critical, and perhaps negative, perspective. Instead of asking myself how close they can be, I do research the gap, and the limit, between sound and image – how far apart they inevitably are. Technology, mostly the computer, is there to make that connection, fill in the gap. But that is a rather impossible task. For that reason, my main strategy is to reveal contradictions, without solving them or choosing sides. To expose paradoxes as a way of departing from the illusion of harmony. Analog / digital. Light / shadow. Playback / live. Improvisation / composition. Gesture / algorithm.