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“WISH YOU WERE HERE! à l’Institut Français de Norvège – 12 Nov > 17 Dec 2020

6x6/36 Paysage/Landscape“WISH YOU WERE HERE!” une exposition QR Code, publiée par la maison d’édition française SUBJECTILE au sein de la médiathèque de l’Institut Français de Norvège – 6×6/36 Landscape – 12 Nov > 17 Dec 2020

La collection Wish You Were Here!, conçue par le collectif Nunc (Clarisse Bardiot, Annick Bureaud, Jean-Luc Soret et Cyril Thomas) propose des livres à la croisée du numérique et du papier. Wish You Were Here! est à la fois un catalogue et une exposition de poche ; une exposition à faire soi-même avec des œuvres visibles sur smartphone.



Riga Photo Biennial in Latvia – 6×6/36 Landscape – 12 sept > 18 oct 2020




Copyright : Riga Photo Biennial.

Copyright : Riga Photo Biennial.

Copyright : Riga Photo Biennial.

Copyright : Riga Photo Biennial.

Copyright : Riga Photo Biennial.

Copyright : Riga Photo Biennial.

Pictures above :  videoprojection of 20Hz from Semiconductor

Thanks to Inga Bruvere, Director of Riga Photo Biennial, NUNC collective is happy to exhibit « 6×6/36 Landscape » pocket exhibition for smartphone with Joan Fontcuberta, Jodi (Joan Heemskerk & Dirk Paesmans), Catherine Rannou, Jodi Rose, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman & Joe Gerhardt) and Jeremy Wood.



« 6×6/36 – Landscape » is part of the « Wish You Were Here! » collection edited by Subjectile. http://subjectile.com/

Please find below the interview I gave to the reporter Māra Uzuliņa from LSM.LV, Public broadcasting of Latvia about 6×6/36 Landscape exhibition that I’ve curated under NUNC Collective’s umbrella for the Riga Photo Biennial :

M.U: What is the message you want to send through this exhibition?

JLS : The 6×6/36 project has no « message » to deliver. It is, more modestly, an open invitation to everyone to make their own exhibition based on the works we have selected. 6×6/36 is at the same time a small catalogue of works, a collection of QRCode stickers that you can stick wherever you want and that allows you to access works visible on your mobile phone. The NUNC collective (Clarisse Bardiot, Annick Bureaud, Cyril Thomas and I) just wanted to experiment with a new form of publishing and exhibiting digital works. We assumed that an alliance is possible between exhibition and publication. Much more than just being associated in some way, they fuse together in the form of notebooks that can be carried in a pocket or bag. It’s up to the reader to explore the artworks on offer, but also to use stickers to curate his or her own exhibition, which can then be shown in a private space (e.g. a living room or kitchen) or a public space (e.g. walls, advertising hoardings, public transport, etc). 6 x 6 / 36 provides an alternative to traditional museum codes, moving away from the system of the “white cube” and familiar methods of mediation. By creating alternative links between artwork, subject and object, 6 x 6 / 36 creates new ways of approaching the notions of exhibition, dissemination and reception.

M.U : Why did you choose to use QR codes as a tool for the visitors to get involved?

JLS : We have used QR Codes for several reasons:
-To divert their usual commercial use for artistic purposes.
-To publish a catalogue where no work is (immediately) visible; this is strictly speaking a QR Code catalogue. Each barcode is only a path to the artwork via its mobile interface.
-Scripting the access to the work. There is a dimension of surprise for those who scan the QR Code, a little as if each exhibited work had its own showroom. Here the room is the very small format of the screen of your mobile phone.
-Delegate our curatorial role to those who play the game of hanging the self-adhesive QR Code in places that create resonance with the work on display.

M.U : Were the artists happy about this kind of sensing and discovering process of their work?

JLS : I don’t know. But curious about new ways of exhibiting their work yes! This is why each of them has followed us in this experimental adventure, which has moreover been selected by the Ministry of Culture and Communication within the framework of its call for projects on innovative cultural digital services.

M.U : How the artists were chosen for the exhibition? Have you already worked together?

JLS : For this issue of 6 x 6 / 36, devoted to the landscape, we have selected six artists — Joan Fontcuberta, Jodi (Joan Heemskerk & Dirk Paesmans), Catherine Rannou, Jodi Rose, Semiconductor (Ruth Jarman & Joe Gerhardt) and Jeremy Wood — who explore and play with different definitions of the notion of landscape using a range of sometimes infinitesimal shifts and variations. 6 x 6 / 36 – Landscape focuses on the way technology, media and interfaces renew and broaden standard notions of landscape and the picturesque, creating a shift in the perceptions and position of the viewer. I’ve already exhibited Joan Fontcuberta, Catherine Rannou and Semiconductor at MEP and elsewhere but for the other selected artists it was my first collaboration.

M.U : What are the most important rules for contemporary photography? Are there some? I think it’s less popular than other contemporary arts.

JLS : If we speak of « rules » in photography, it would be, for example, to quote those defined at the end of the 1960s by the Becher at the Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf in relation to the so-called German photographic objectivity or the Düsseldorf school : the object must be framed entirely. The camera must be centered horizontally and vertically. Photographs are taken in winter, in gray weather to avoid cast shadows or tormented skies which cloud the rear shot. Activities, human anecdotes, foreground effects, color, blurs, reflections and other artistic effects, off-center shots, abstract or pitorresque compositions, short focal lengths that distort the image are prohibited, etc.). This filiation has spread to contemporary photography with artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff and many others.

But if we look at contemporary photography as a whole, I would therefore not talk about rules, but rather about schools, currents or trends such as practices that can be described as « post-photographic ». The proliferation of images on the Internet, in cyberspace, in augmented reality or virtual reality is shaping a new imagination and new photographic and curatorial practices that are exciting to explore.

I would not say photography is less popular than other contemporary arts, I find on the contrary that photography is one of the most widespread (artistic) practices in the world since the appearance of smartphones. Historically, it took time for it to establish itself as an artistic practice, but now its influence, even its hold, is global, inter-generational, inter-cultural and concerns all social strata around the world. The phenomenal place occupied by the image through social media, in particular, is one illustration of this.

There is this tendency that everyone who has a camera is a photograph. And sometimes you can hear this in the context of contemporary photography. Can you put some arguments against this?
No I won’t put arguments against that ! ;)  On the contrary, I would say that many contemporary artists use the mass of existing images accessible on social networks, for example, to move the creative process of the image not into the shooting but into what could be called « an aesthetics of process ». For example, with his « Googlegrams » (exhibited in our 6×6/36 notebook) Joan Fontcuberta does not « take » any pictures. He uses the Internet, the almost unlimited stock of images available via Google’s databases, combined with photomosaic software to create his final images. It is these types of practices that can be described as post-photographic. The creative act is no longer situated in the shooting as such, but in the aesthetics of the process that leads to the creation of an image. In the case of Googlegrams, it is a composite image; each image created by Fontcuberta is composed of thousands of images (8,000 to 10,000) that have been produced and put online by anonymous people.

M.U : Have you thought about the future of photography? How will we perceive this medium in 10 or 20 years?

JLS : I have no idea of what will be the future of photography. The phenomenon of acceleration that we are experiencing with the convergence of NBICs (Nanotechnologies, Biotechnologies, Computing and Cognitive Sciences) so highly valued by the promoters of transhumanism, announces such radical changes in our relationship to the real and virtual world and therefore in our relationship to the image that it is just as stimulating as it is worrying to imagine the future of the image. If we add to this the insidious, massive and invasive development of surveillance technologies such as facial recognition, the future of the image that inspires me the most would rather be that of its disappearance, its erasure, an escape of the panoptic world that is being prepared for us.

The interview in Latvian here : https://www.lsm.lv/raksts/kultura/kino-foto-un-tv/kabatas-maksla-katram-sava-viedtalruni-saruna-ar-kuratoru-zanu-liku-sore.a375971/?fbclid=IwAR2YNWXK5-gvE3B6UbQLrMuQVUGF_Nn517o1R2F37kWuv0FdW6sNmXC9zZo)

France Culture – La Grande Table

© Ren Hang

Émission animée par Olivia Gesbert

Objectif Chine : le renouveau de la photo

A l’occasion de l’exposition « Love, Ren Hang » à la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Jean-Luc Soret, co-commissaire de l’exposition, et Romain Degoul, co-fondateur de la Galerie Paris Beijing, reviennent sur le travail du photographe chinois.


Ars Electronica 2015 – Campus Exhibition : interview croisée

L’université Paris 8 m’a invité à être le commissaire d’exposition de la « Campus Exhibition » du Festival Ars Electronica 2015. Retrouvez l’interview de Magdalena Leitner pour le blog d’Ars Electronica ; échange croisé avec Chu-Yin Chen, directrice de l’équipe Image numérique et Réalité Virtuelle (INREV) du Laboratoire Arts des Images de l’université Paris 8 et chef de projet de la Campus Exhibition.

Paris 8 University has invited me to be the curator of the « Campus Exhibition » of the Ars Electronica Festival 2015. Please find below Magdalena Leitner’s interview for Ars Electronica’s blog , a cross exchange with Chu-Yin Chen, director of the Digital Image and Virtual Reality team (INREV) of the Arts and Photography Laboratory of Paris 8 University and project manager of the Campus Exhibition.

Ci-dessous l’article de Magdalena Leitner / Below the interview of Magdalena Leitner :

University 8.0: the digital challenge!

Process / Samy Khalil, Solène Kubler, Freddy Clément, Thomas Voillaume and Marianne Doncieux

Process / Samy Khalil, Solène Kubler, Freddy Clément, Thomas Voillaume and Marianne Doncieux

We already reported at the Ars Electronica Blog about the annual Campus Exhibition. It’s become something of a Linz Art University tradition over the last  years not only to showcase the prodigious talents of undergrads in the school’s Interface Cultures program but also to invite a partner institution from outside Austria to make a guest appearance. At the Ars Electronica Festival 2015Paris 8 University presents thirty years of digital research and creative work from pioneering artists and researchers in the early years as well as from young contemporary artists today. The exhibition perfectly coincides with the determination of Paris 8 to showcase its dynamism in the digital field by naming 2015 the year of “Université 8.0: Le pari numérique!” – “University 8.0: the digital challenge!”.

Daily Paris / Loic Barnet, Tristan de Saint-Ceran, Steven Belair and Camille Couturier

We have talked with Chu-Yin Chen, Co-head of the Master Art & Technologies de l’Image, and Jean-Luc Soret, curator of the Campus Exhibition.

Mélange / Nicolas Liautaud, Alice Suret-Canale, Hugo Paquin and Nicolas Dubois

Université Paris 8 is naming 2015 the year of “Université 8.0: Le pari numérique!” (“University 8.0: the digital challenge!”)…

Chu-Yin Chen: Yes, the organisation of themed-years at our university over the last few years has allowed the academic community to engage itself in a shared project. These themed-years have given rise to a large number of events and have helped to lengthen the lifespan of certain initiatives.

In this perspective, the theme for the year 2015 is “University 8.0, the digital challenge!” Paris 8 University wishes to foster in-depth thinking about digital technology. The digital year must be an opportunity to engage the entire academic community and our partners, to disseminate our thinking and our achievements more widely, to elaborate new projects and to outline new investigations on the subject. A large number of events designed for all audiences will create a strengthened sense of dialogue within our community relating to our field of inquiry: screenings, debates, public events, honourable distinctions, exhibitions, competitions, festivals and international symposia will thus help to reinforce interactions with our socio-economic, scientific and cultural partners. For instance, the Paris 8 University brought a strong support to this international event: Campus Exhibition in the Ars Electronica Festival 2015.

Immersio / Clémence Bugnicourt, Ulric Leprovost, Thomas Revidon and Laure Le Sidaner

What can we expect at the Campus Exhibition during the Ars Electronica Festival 2015?

Jean-Luc Soret: People will see numerous 3D CGI animated films created from 1985 to 2015. Some experimental projects are made over several months and some intensive projects are completed in just three weeks. The films illustrate a teaching philosophy based on the acquisition of both artistic and technical skills.

The screening area shows the wide diversity of animated movies: cartoons, special effects, artistic initiatives and experiments. The City Life Movies offer real or imaginary visions of city-dwellers in Paris. The Post Natural Movies represent nature or are inspired by living processes, taking us into a world that is both natural and artificial.

In another area films are shown made in the early years of 3D computer graphics; they are the result of the technological research carried out at the time.

Place des Lumières / Elliott Amy, Pierre-Louis Cazé, Théophile Albert and Maximilien Rolland

Experimental digital video Installation, interactive art installations and videogames invite the audience to a journey into microscopic universes, photographic images, over data landscapes or through images transformed into three-dimensional objects. People will experiment with a supernatural mirror, new kind of portraits, will be able to blow on images, to play with autonomous virtual-reality dancers, to communicate with shadows through gestures, to make solar insects sing, to create artificial life forms or just to have fun with experimental games.

Digital literature, such as hypertext novels and generative poetry explore, for instance, the question of human being controlled by machines or several ways of reading a story. A panorama of digital literature produced at Paris 8 covering the period 1982 to 2015 will also show the work of 5 generations of researchers and students.

With Virtual Reality systems and augmented interactive books people will enter immersive or poetic environments connected between books and 3D images that challenge potential for interactive presentation that remains largely unexplored. People will be also invited to play with their fingers to create an interactive dance show viewed in augmented reality or to play with images between past and present, reality and fiction.

Behavioural objects and sensorial prototypes will be exhibited like, for instance, a frame having a fit of hysterics, a carpenter’s rule moving along like an animal or a wearable suit for sight-impaired or blind people, which uses only touch for pedestrian navigation. Demonstration of a basic robotic toolkit will be done, making it possible to prototype and experiment with objects that display behaviour. Anyone will also be able to put themselves in other virtual bodies or to discover a world of shadows, magic or virtuality, challenging their habitual perceptions through illusions.

Le Défilé / Sophie Garrigues, Freddy Clément and Céline Mougel

Lire la suite sur le blog d’Ars Electronica…