Jonathan O’Hear

trained as a filmmaker in Vancouver in the late 80’s where he acquired a taste for manipulating light, sound and video in various contexts. Born in the UK he grew up in switzerland and elsewhere leading a rather nomadic lifestyle until around 2007. Today he lives Switzerland and works primarily as a lighting designer for performing arts. 2013 marked his first exhibition as a contemporary artist.

His interests in light revolve around three main themes, the language of light as an artistic medium, the use of new technologies submitted to human interference, and light emitting objects. His work is often tainted by the belief that human imperfection transcends technological limitations.

His recent collaborations include choreographers Foofwa d’Imobilité, Marie-Caroline Hominal, Prisca Harsch and sculptor Martin Rautenstrauch. He gives workshops on the use of light as an artistic medium, supported by Pro Helvetia (the Netherlands, India, South Africa and Mozambique). He was invited to show his work by the Villa Bernasconi and the festival Antigel in Geneva.

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