The couple artists Gregory Lasserre and Anais met den Ancxt work under the name Scenocosme. They live in the Rhone-Alpes region in France. Their singular artworks use diverse expressions: interactive installations, visual art, digital art, sound art, collective performances etc…. Scenocosme mix art and digital technology to find substances of dreams, poetry, sensitivity and delicacy. These artists overturn various technologies in order to create contemporary artworks. Their works came from possible hybridizations between the technology and living world (plants, stones, water, wood, humans.,..) which meeting points incite them to invent sensitive and poetic languages. The most of their interactive artworks feel several various relationships between the body and the environment. They can feel energetic variations of living beings and design interactive stagings in which spectators share extraordinary sensory experiences. Their artworks are exhibited in numerous museums, contemporary art centres and digital art festivals in the world. They have exhibited their interactive installation artworks at ZKM Karlsruhe Centre for Art and Media (Germany), at Daejeon Museum of Art (Korea), at Museum Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Canada), at National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow), at Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh (USA), at Bòlit Centre d’Art Contemporani (Girona) and in many international biennals and festivals : Art Center Nabi / INDAF (Seoul), BIACS3 / Biennial International of Contemporary Art of Seville (Spain), Biennial Experimenta (Canada), at National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow), at Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh (USA), at Bòlit Centre d’Art Contemporani (Girona) and in many international biennals and festivals : Art Center Nabi / INDAF (Seoul), BIACS3 / Biennial International of Contemporary Art of Seville (Spain), Biennial Experimenta (Australia), NAMOC / National Art Museum of China / TransLife / Triennial of Media Art (Beijing), Futuresonic (UK), WRO (Poland), FILE, ISEA / International Symposium on Electronic Art (2009 Belfast, 2011 Istanbul, 2012 Albuquerque, 2013 Sydney), EXIT, VIA, Lille3000, Ososphere, Scopitone, Seconde nature (France)… during important events : World Expo (Shanghai), Nuits Blanches (Toronto, Halifax, Singapor, Bruxelles, Brighton, Amiens, Segovia, Bucharest), Fête des lumières (Lyon)… and in various art centers : MONA (Australia), MUDAC, Fondation Claude Verdan (Lausanne), Musée Ianchelevici (Belgium), Kibla (Slovenia), Banff Centre (Canada), Villa Romana (Firenze), Utsikten Kunstsenter (Norway), Watermans (UK), Centre des arts d’Enghien-les-Bains, Gaîté Lyrique (Paris) etc.
Interactive Digital Art
Mécaniques Imaginaires” is an interactive digital artwork. The artwork’s software enables creating in real time infinite narrative scenes by manipulating plenty of “video elements“. “Mécaniques Imaginaires” offers a space of expression and abstraction that allows to create amazing relationships between people, situations, objects by producing virtual energy. This interactive artwork is inspired by the Shadow Theatre, George Méliès’s cinema, and refers to Goldberg’s machines, designed to perform a simple task in an intentionally complex manner, most often with a chain reaction. The software allows to select and position «video elements» in order to design series of actions/reactions: there are moving bodies (walking, running, jumping, manipulating etc…), objects like bouncing balls, umbrellas, books, candles, etc…, or machines like mills, ropes, gears, … or natural elements like animals, plants, water, stones, etc… All the animated «visual elements» are part of a large corpus of real and imaginary objects. Mixing all these elements can create infinite virtual mechanics. Explorations and interactions with the software allow to invent new scenarios. The “video elements“ have different durations and are played on a loop. Each one plays independently an act of the work. The totality can be arranged with several possibilities in order to create scenarios in constant transformation. The evolving scenario of this creation offers to participants a large part of improvisation. The installation can be shown on a screen or with a videoprojector on a wall which could become a mapping surface. Each experience of the artwork is always different.
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