Presenters: Jean-Luc Soret, Clarisse Bardiot & Annick Bureaud
The French-based Collectif NUNC is happy to launch the first element of the 6×6/36 artists book/exhibition project from the I Wish You Were Here! series, a creatively driven project aimed at re-thinking a new way to exhibit media art. 6×6/36 consists of six notebooks and six sets of stickers by 36 artists, and includes a total of 144 artworks in a purposely designed box. The first issue deals with the theme of mobility and will be published by Subjectile.
I Wish You Were Here! is a series of thematic projects put forward by the French-based Collectif NUNC (Clarisse Bardiot, Annick Bureaud, Jean-Luc Soret and Cyril Thomas) in an attempt to re-examine the relationship between print and online publishing and new ways of exhibiting art.
6 X 6 / 36 is the first issue in the I Wish You Were Here! series. It consists of 6 notebooks and 6 sets of stickers designed by 36 artists, and includes a total of 144 artworks.
Both an exhibition and a publication that takes the form of 6 notebooks and sets of stickers contained in a purposely designed box, 6 X 6 / 36 explores an innovative and nomadic approach to contemporary art. Each notebook is displaying the creations of 6 artists who share a common theme. Each work is printed on a sticker as a data matrix. Thus, the reader can access the artwork – or information about it– on a website via his/her smartphone or a specific application. 6 X 6 / 36 blurs the boundary between print and online publication and exhibition formats. The stickers can be peeled off and placed in a home or public place, allowing the user to design his/her own exhibition.
6 X 6 / 36 moves away from the traditional format of the gallery or museum exhibition to appropriate urban and public space, as poster designers and graffiti artists have long done. It follows the flow of data on the internet, spreading all over the city and reaching the most incongruous locations. The artist’s signature and the motif no longer have any existential value; they take second place to the online artwork.
At ISEA2011 in Istanbul, we are launching the first notebook in the 6 X 6 / 36 series on the theme of mobility. The six artists are : Annie Abrahams, Beatriz da Costa, Nicolas Frespech, Antti Laitinen, Albertine Meunier, Servovalve. The project is published by Subjectile.
Collectif NUNC: Cyril Thomas, Jean-Luc Soret, Clarisse Bardiot, Annick Bureaud. More information is available at nunc.com
- Cyril Thomas is a doctoral student at the Université Picardie Jules Verne and Telecom ParisTech (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications). He is a freelance journalist and freelance curator. He is a frequent contributor to the French online review poptronics.fr, as well as to four other reviews: Ciel Variable (Canada), Le Magazine du CIAC (Canada), Patch (Belgium) and Scènes (Belgium). He is working on a special issue of the French review MCD about the internet of things. As a freelance curator he is preparing three international exhibitions about digital and performance art.
- Jean-Luc Soret is a photography and new media art curator at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (mep-fr.org) in Paris. He is the artistic director and co-founder of the @rt Outsiders International Festival, an annual show devoted to works at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology. Member of the curatorial team of the European Month of Photography (emop-mutations.net), network gathering institutions from Moscow, Bratislava, Vienna, Berlin, Luxembourg, Rome and Paris, he also collaborates with the CNES (French Space Agency / cnes-observatoire.net) since 2003 to promote the impact of space in the cultural and art fields.
- Annick Bureaud, France, is an independent art critic, curator and event organiser, researcher and teacher in art and technosciences. She is the director of Leonardo/Olats, European sister organisation to Leonardo/Isast. She is a co-founding member of the Collectif Nunc. annickbureaud.net. Annick’s presence at ISEA is made possible with the support of the Institut Français.
- Clarisse Bardiot works as a curator and editor with digital artists, choreographers, directors, engineers, computer scientists and technicians. From 2006 to 2010, she joined le manège.mons/CECN and Technocité to conduct two European programs (Interreg) on art, science and technology. These two programs, CECN2 and Transdigital, are between Wallonia, Flanders and France. She coordinated the partners (Le manège.mons, le manège maubeuge, Le Fresnoy, Vooruit, Latitudes Contemporaines, Art Zoyd, Danse à Lille, Technocité, Charleroi/Danses), defined the workshops, conferences and artists in residence program and was the chief editor of Patch, a bilingual magazine on digital performance and digital art. Clarisse Bardiot studied theater and contemporary art, receiving a PhD in 2005. Her Ph.D. dissertation Virtual Theatres traces the history and aesthetics forms of digital performance with a corpus of more than 300 works around the world. She is an associate professor at the Arts Department, University of Valenciennes (France) where she teaches new media art and theory and digital performance history and practice. As a researcher, Clarisse Bardiot contributed to various research programs, among them the Docam program on digital art presentation and documentation. She presented lectures and seminars in different cultural institutions and universities. She is also a member of the CNRS team “ARIAS” (Atelier de recherches sur l’intermédialité et les arts du spectacle). Clarisse Bardiot’s grants include Daniel Langlois Foundation researchers in residence for a research on artists and engineers dialogue in 9 Evenings, Theatre & Engineering. Currently based in Brussels, she is working on two books on digital performance, a book series on digital art with Internet and Ipad extensions and exhibition projects. clarissebardiot.info
The Collectif NUNC has the financial support of the Institut Français for the presentation of the 6 X 6 / 36 – Déplacement / Mobility project at ISEA2011 in Istanbul.