[ISEA2002] Artists Statement: Yan Breuleux & Alain Thibault – FAUSTECHNOLOGY

Artists Statement

Digital work for 3 DVD et 3 video screens.
FAUSTECHNOLOGY is a 40 minute music-computer animation work based on a contemporary interpretation of the Faust myth. It evokes human behavior in the face of a machine that generates visual and sound stimuli, a machine that seduces, and produces pleasure. The work is divided into two parts during which a series of visual and aural micro-variations gradually evolve. Faust appears as both entropy and seduction: the threat of increasing disorder in the material world, and seduction as a promise of control through simulation techniques. The sources of the sound and visuals are entirely synthetic.

  •  Alain Thibault (music) is a well known electronic music artist. Alain Thibault has contributed to a wide range of multimedia, video, dance and theatre productions. He has composed music for internationally known groups and individuals such as the theatre company Carbone 14 and is presently working with choreographer Edouard Lock on the new Lalala Human Steps’ dance production. His techno opera Lulu-Le chant souterrain, was presented in Montreal in February 2000. He was invited by the Austrian duo Granular Synthesis in June 2000 to present in New York The Undergound Song during the Noise Gate Remix events produced by Creative Time. His music video, a-light, a collaboration with computer animation artist Yan Breuleux, was awarded an honorary mention at the 1998 Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria and his latest work, the multimedia piece FausTechnology, also made with Yan Breuleux, was premiered at ELEKTRA in September 2001.
  • Yan Breuleux  (visuals) completed his collegiate and university studies in visual arts to then dedicate his artistic production to video and electronic arts. Over the last few years, he has produced several videos and performances mixing music and images done in collaboration with artists, composers and performers. Notable is his musical video series Noise, A-&C Light, Clima (x) produced In collaboration with composer Alain Thibault. Within the context of the A-B-C Light project, he was invited as artist in residence at the Center for New Media at the Canadian Cultural Center in Paris. This project also received an honorable mention at Prix Ars Electronica 1998 (Austria). In 2000, Yan Breuleux was invited to present A-Live at the Transmediale Festival in Berlin and also participated in the Sonic Acts Festival in Amsterdam.. His latest project entitled Faustechnology, also in collaboration with Alain Thibault, was presented at the ELEKTRA Festival 2001 in Montreal.