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Thierry Fournier is a French visual artist, curator and researcher, living and working in the Paris area. His work addresses questions of otherness, both in an anthropological and societal sense: installations, objects, networked pieces, websites, videos, prints, performances. He is an architect and composer by training, a graduate of the École nationale supérieure d’Architecture de Lyon.

Thierry Fournier is also teacher. He is head of The Exercice of the Gaze, the contemporary art workshop at Sciences Po Paris. He created and was co-head of 2 research studios from 2010 to 2020: EnsadLab Displays at Ensad Paris and Collection Artem at Ensa Nancy, dedicated to the research about exhibitions and curating. He was a guest artist-professor at Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains in 2018. He is also co-head and artistic director of antiAtlas Journal, a free online art-science journal dedicated to the contemporary stakes and forms of borders.

Statement

” I could start by a short description of some of my recent artworks, and particularly about the relationships they propose between human, non-human, and their contexts. An intelligent surveillance camera testifies its inability to understand what it sees (Sightseeing), a grave never finds the right sentence to conclude its epitaph (Ungrave), a talking robotic entity placed in a chapel attempts to describe the space around it (The Probe), an artificial landscape is generated by all the messages posted on Twitter about desire (Ecotone), a smartphone writes poems from the words of its user (Oracles), a voice gives orders to the visitors of an exhibition (‘Set-up’), news reports are turned into disaster movie scripts (Precursion), a GIF questions the human nature of its spectators (Just in Case), etc.

These works all have in common to use the text as a central element, in static or generative forms. They all summon an otherness: some confer a behaviour to a previously inanimated apparatus (Ungrave, The Probe, Sightseeing, Set-up, Just in Case, etc.), some capture live data from the Internet (Ecotone, Precursion) or from our own datas (Oracles). All of them do suggest a fiction, in which these apparatus becomes a kind of organism, endowed with a conscience or a sentience, expressed notably through its language. Their words are very often of a familiar nature, to evoke an everyday subjectivity in which we could recognise our own losses of control: if the machine is more fallible than we are, it could be as human as us.

On several occasions, these works therefore bear witness to what would resemble artificial intelligence. But in reality, it is only the confrontation between a pre-written content and the events that occur live in their own contexts. When the webcam in Sightseeing believes that people are walking on the beach (which happens regularly by chance), or when the screen in Just in Case pretends to calculate whether the person looking at it is human, it is obviously impossible to know whether their behaviour is conditioned or not, thus accrediting the hypothesis of their consciousness. By evoking the otherness that we confer on technical objects, or even some situations of animism, we could rather describe these situations as “artificial otherness”.

Finally, the use of programmes and text in these works reflects my critical stance on the relationship we have with technology. These entities frequently express failures and develop a self-reflection on their limits: the burn-out of the camera in Sightseeing, the alien of The Probe who testifies that he understands nothing, etc. Machines and programs are used here not for what they accomplish, and even less for the dream of an augmentation by technology, but, in an anthropological way, rather to evoke *what we expect* them to tell about us. ”

Solo shows

2020 – L’Art dans les chapelles, Pontivy, FR
2020 – Ecotonalia, Aperto, Montpellier (postponed)
2020 – Órganon, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3 (cat)
2019 – Université Montpellier 3 – Paul Valéry (FR)
2018 – Axolotl, duo show with Laura Gozlan, CAPA, Aubervilliers (FR)
2018 – Machinal, Villa Henry, Nice (FR), cur. Isabelle Pellegrini (cat)
2017 – Heterotopia – Synesthésie, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Denis (FR) (cat)
2015 – Overflow – Lux Scène nationale de Valence (FR) (cat)
2011 – Hotspot – Contexts (Paris, FR)
2010 – Seul Richard, performance, La Chartreuse CNES, Villeneuve lez Avignon (FR)
2009 – Un Geste qui ne finit pas – Lux Scène nationale de Valence
2009 – Point d’orgue – Kawenga art center, Montpellier (FR)
2008 – Step to step — Rennes College of Art (FR) (cat)
2008 – Conférences du dehors – La Chartreuse CNES, Villeneuve lez Avignon (FR)
2005 – Reanimation – CCN Ballet de Lorraine, Nancy (FR), with Samuel Bianchini et Nathalie Simon
2003 – Le Trésor des Nibelungen – Carré des Jalles, Saint-Médard en Jalles (FR)
2002 – L’Ombre d’un doute – Muséum d’histoire naturelle, Lyon (FR)
2001 – La Mue de l’ange, performance – Maison de la Culture de Bourges (FR)
2000 – The Nibelungen Treasure – Nibelungen Museum, Worms (DE) (cat)
2000 – La Mue de l’ange, performance – Théâtre de la Ville, Montréal (CA).
2000 – The Nibelungen Treasure – Goethe Institut, Paris (FR)

Curating

2022 – This Land Is Your Land, group show, Château de Goutelas (FR)
2020 – Selphish curated with Pau Waelder, Mécènes du Sud Montpellier-Sète, FR (cat)
2019 – The Watchers, Tokyo French Institute, Mori Tower, Tokyo, Japan
2018 – Andrés Baron, Mirror Travelling, solo show, Cité internationale des arts, Paris (cat)
2016 – Données à voir (Datas on view), co-curator, La Terrasse, Nanterre
2015 – Augmented Window 05 – La Panacée, Montpellier (cat)
2015 – Augmented Window 04 – Royal Castle of Collioure (cat)
2015 – What is missing – La Panacée, Montpellier (cat)
2013 – Augmented Window 03 – Friche La Belle de mai, Marseille (cat)
2012 – Augmented Window 02 – Prats de Mollo, Eastern Pyrénées (FR) (cat)
2011 – Cohabitation II – Galerie NaNiMa, ENSA Nancy 2011
2011 – Augmented Window I – Centre Pompidou, Paris, (cat)
2011 – Cohabitation I – Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nancy
2008 – Outside Lectures (Conférences du dehors) – Chartreuse / CNES, Villeneuve lez Avignon
1997-2004 – Pandore, curatorial project on CD

Group shows (selection)

2021 – Instructions Follow, https://feralfile.com, cur. Pau Waelder
2021 – Des Mondes Possibles, Mérignac, cur. Emeline Dufrennoy
2021 – Shared Sacred Sites, Cermodern, Ankara, cur. Dionigi Albera & Manoël Pénicaud
2020 – Muses Algorithmiques, Grrranit Belfort, cur. Pierre Soignon
2020 – Biennale Chroniques, Aix-en-Provence, cur. Mathieu Vabre
2019 – Shared Sacred Sites, Depo Gallery, Istanbul, cur. Dionigi Albera & Manoël Pénicaud
2019 – Aube immédiate, vents tièdes, Mécènes du Sud Montpellier, cur. Victorine Grataloup et Diane Turquety
2019 – Open Codes, ZKM, Karlsruhe, cur. Peter Weibel, Natalia Fuchs, Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás et Yasemin Keskintepe
2018 – Panorama #20, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing 5FR), cur. José Manuel Gonçalvès
2018 – Fading away, Galerie 22,48 m2, Paris, cur. Céline Flécheux et Rosario Caltabiano
2017 – Open Codes, ZKM, Karlsruhe (Allemagne), cur. Peter Weibel & Yasemin Keskintepe
2017 – Newwwar, Bandjoun Station Art Center (Cameroon), cur. Marion Zilio
2017 – Le Paradoxe du cartel, Delaunay Gallery, Paris, cur. Isabelle de Maison Rouge
2017 – Variation Art Fair, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, cur. Dominique Moulon
2017 – Sacred sites, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki Biennale (Grèce), cur. Thouli Misiroglou
2017 – Language Machines, Fondation Vasarely / Seconde Nature, Aix-en-Provence, cur. Emilie Fouilloux, Corentin Touzet and Mathieu Vabre
2017 – Ososphère, Strasbourg
2017 – Public Pool #3, Commissaires d’exposition associés, FRAC Nord Pas de Calais, Dunkerque (FR)
2017 – Well, I’m the only one here, curated by Jean-Christophe Arcos & Laurent Lacotte, Alma Paris 5FR)
2017 – In Lothringens Fruchtbäume kletterte ich…, Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrücken (DE)
2017 – Chroniques, Seconde Nature / Zinc, Marseille (FR)
2016 – Variation Art Fair, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, cur. Dominique Moulon
2016 – Données à voir (Datas on view), La Terrasse, Nanterre (FR)
2016 – Home Cinema, Daegu Contemporary Art Museum, Korea
2016 – Home Cinema, Printemps de Saint-Sauveur, Lille
2016 – Perceptions, Via (Maubeuge, FR) & Exit (Créteil, FR) festivals, curators Emilie Fouilloux and Vladimir Demoule
2016 – Real Time, Ars Santa Monica, Barcelona (ES), curated by Pau Waelder
2015 – Ososphère Festival, Strasbourg (FR)
2015 – New Cinema Festival, Montreal (CA)
2015 – Renaissance – Lille (FR), curator Didier Fusilier
2015 – Kunst und Kino – State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich (DE), curator Franziska Stöhr
2015 – Home Cinema – VIA (Maubeuge, FR) & EXIT (Créteil, FR), curator Charles Carcopino
2014 – Un moment d’éternité dans le passage du temps – La Terrasse art centre, Nanterre (FR)
2014 – Mémoires d’un amnésique – Maison Populaire, Montreuil (FR)
2014 – Alter narratives – Atsuko Barouh gallery, Tokyo, curator Yukiko Shikata
2014 – Digital Choc Festival – Alliance Française, Tokyo
2014 – The End is the Beginning – The Wand, Berlin
2013 – Bouillants Festival, Rennes
2013 – Silent Rooms – Kawenga (Montpellier), curator Grégory Diguet
2013 – Hors-pistes Festival – Centre Pompidou (Paris)
2013 – Emergences Festival – Lux Scène nationale de Valence
2012 – Fantastic, Lille
2012 – Nuit Blanche, Aubervilliers
2012 – Festival Bouillants, Rennes
2012 – Festival Electroshoc, Bourgoin
2012 – Festival Des Souris et des Hommes – Le Carré des Jalles, St Médard en Jalles
2011 – Gamerz – Vasarely Fondation, Aix-en-Provence
2011 – Nuit Blanche, Aubervilliers
2011 – Rubbing Glances – Salles Poirel, Nancy
2011 – Cohabitation, Musée des beaux-arts de Nancy
2010 – Entrelacs, interactive video for Entrelacs dance project, Lionel Hoche.
2010 – Cohabitation, École nationale supérieure d’art de Nancy
2009 – Ososphere Festival, Strasbourg
2009 – Carthage Choreographic Festival, Tunis, Tunisia
2008 – Vers Agrippine (To Agrippine), Kawenga / Montpellier
2008 – Ososphere Festival,Strasbourg.
2008 – Zaragoza International Exhibition 2008 – Monaco pavilion, Zaragoza (Spain).
2008 – Electronic music festival Seconde Nature – La Chartreuse CNES, Villeneuve lez Avignon.
2008 – Cube Festival, Le Cube, Issy-les-Moulineaux.
2008 – JIM’08 Festival, GMEA, Albi.
2007 – Montre moi l’œuvre autrement – FRAC Haute-Normandie, curator Marc Donnadieu.
2007 – Outlab – La Bellevilloise, Paris.
2007 – Open 2007 – Lelabo, Paris.
2006 – Les Inaccoutumés Festival – La Ménagerie de verre, Paris.
2005 – Alltag, ein Gebrauchanweisung – Techniches Museum Wien (Austria), curator Susanne Wernsing
2005 – French pavilion, Aichi World Fair (Japan).
2005 – Ars Numerica Festival, Montbéliard.
2004 – Vers Agrippine (To Agrippine) – Lelabo, Paris.
2004 – Vers Agrippine (To Agrippine) – Studio-Théâtre de Vitry.
2003 – Novellum Festival, Toulouse.
2002 – Cyberarts Festival – Goethe Institut, Boston (USA).
2000 – ISEA festival – Le Divan du Monde, Paris.

Grants, residencies, competitions and public commissions

2015 – Expériences interactives, Pictanovo / Nord Pas de Calais Région
2014 – Artist in residence, La Maison Populaire, Montreuil
2013 – Festival du Nouveau Cinema Montréal, special prize of the jury
2013 – ZKM App Award nomination (Karlsruhe, Germany)
2012 – Digital creation grant (Languedoc-Roussillon Region, France)
2011 – Dicréam grant, French Ministry of Culture / CNC
2011 – Winner of Digital Culture competition (Languedoc-Roussillon Region)
2011 – Winner of Futur en Seine competition (Ile de France Region)
2011 – Artem Creation Grant, Nancy
2010 – Residency, La Charteuse / CNES (France) Residency Grant (Languedoc-Roussillon Region)
2009 – Commission by Technisches Museum Wien (Austria)
2008 – Dicréam grant, French Ministry of Culture / CNC
2008 – Residency, La Chartreuse / CNES (France)
2007 – Winner of competition for Monaco Pavilion, Zaragoza World Fair (Spain)
2007 – Digital Creation Grant (Languedoc-Roussillon Region)
2006 – Commission by Technisches Museum Wien (Austria)
2006 – Residencies at Arcal Lyrique and Avant-Rue, Paris (France)
2005 – Dicréam grant, French Ministry of Culture / CNC
2005 – Winner of competition for French Pavilion, Aichi World Fair (Japan)
2005 – Residency, Mains d’Œuvres, Saint-Ouen (France)
2004 – Public commission, Navel Garden, Pougne-Hérisson (France)
2004 – Public commission, Studio-Théâtre de Vitry (France)
2003 – Public commission and residency, Institut de Musique Electroacoustique de Bourges
2000 – Public commission, 21th Century Celebration, French Ministry of Culture
2000 – International Grant, Arts Council of Canada
1998 – Winner of Nibelungen Museum Worms competition (Germany) with A+H

Lectures and panels (selection)

2018 – Talk with Fabienne Grasser-Fulchéri, art critic, curator and head of Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, Villa Henry, Nice, March 24
2018 – Panel, L’Artiste et le commissaire, INHA, February 3
2017 – Presentation, Taxi Tram, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Saint-Denis, June 24
2017 – Performed lecture, Public Pool #3, C-E-A Commissaires d’Exposition Associés, FRAC Nord Pas-de-Calais, Dunkerque, March 25
2017 – Panel, IMéRA, Marseille, February 15
2017 – Panel, Orange Labs, January 17
2017 – Lecture, ENSCI Les Ateliers, January 11
2016 – Performed lecture, Public Pool #2, C-E-A Commissaires d’Exposition Associés, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, December 6
2016 – Lecture, Ecole nationale supérieure d’art et de design de Nancy, November 25
2016 – Lecture, Ecole d’architecture Paris Malaquais, 21 novembre 2016
2016 – Rencontre, Tram, La Terrasse Espace d’art de Nanterre, 5 novembre 2016
2016 – Lecture, Ecole supérieure d’art d’Aix-en-Provence, November 2
2016 – Panel, YIA Art Fair, October 22
2016 – Panel (moderator) with Ingrid Luquet-Gad, Maison Populaire de Montreuil, October 11
2016 – Panel Versions (co-organiser), EnsadLab Displays, Maison Populaire de Montreuil, September 5 to 16
2016 – Table ronde (moderator) with J. Emil Sennewald, Maison Populaire de Montreuil, June 24
2016 – Panel with Pierre Carniaux, Le Cadran, Evreux, April 16
2016 – Panel (moderator) with Marion Zilio, Maison Populaire, March 18
2016 – Lecture, Université Paris 1 La Sorbonne, February 17
2016 – Lecture, Ecole supérieure d’art d’Orléans, March 23th
2016 – Master Class, Synesthésie, January 9
2015 – Lecture, Université Paris 7, November 25th, invited by Céline Flécheux
2015 – Lecture, Université Montpellier 3, November 23th, invited by Claire Châtelet
2015 – Lecture, Centre d’arts plastiques d’Aubervilliers, November 13th
2015 – Lecture at Maison des arts de Créteil, April 1st
2015 – Panel: Phenorama research group, ENSCI, Paris, March 23th
2015 – Lecture at ESACM – Clermont-Ferrand College of arts, March 6th
2015 – Panel: Art and economy , Transmediale, Berlin, January 31th
2014 – Lecture at Taxi Tram, Maison Populaire de Montreuil, November 25th
2014 – Lecture, Synesthésie, Médiathèque de Saint Denis, September 27th
2014 – Panel: Les Écrans tactiles mobiles, Université de Poitiers, June 13th
2014 – Panel: Les Ecrits du numérique, Alphabetville, Marseille, March 6th
2014 – Lecture at Japanese French Institute, Sapporo, February 27th
2014 – Lecture at Japanese French Institute, Tokyo, February 25th
2013 – Lecture at La Panacée, Montpellier, November 22th
2013 – Lecture at Paul Valéry University, Montpellier, November 5th
2013 – Lecture at New Cinema Festival, Montréal, October 16th
2013 – Lecture at Expérimenta, Grenoble, October 11th
2013 – Lecture at Rendez-vous électroniques Festival, Pau, June 15th
2013 – Panel: Augmented window 03 project, Friche La Belle de Mai, May 18th
2013 – Lecture at Bouillants #5 Festival, Les Champs Libres, Rennes, May 3th, sur Soundcloud
2013 – Panel: Nice to meet you, Zinc / Marseille with Nicolas Feodoroff, march 10th
2013 – Lecture at Festival 100%, Montpellier, February
2012 – Panel: iDate, Montpellier, November
2012 – Panel: Dizain, Designers interactifs, Le Divan du Monde / Paris, November
2012 – Panel at UTC Compiègne, Espace Legendre, Compiègne, April
2012 – Lecture at Scène nationale d’Evreux with Pierre Carniaux, January
2011 – Lecture at Rennes II University, Digital Creation Master, November
2011 – FITG2 – ArtLab panel, Le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporaine, September
2011 – Nice to meet you panel, Zinc / Marseille with Jean Cristofol, June
2011 – Panel: History and transmission, Valence College of Arts, May
2010 – Panel: Pierre Schaeffer, an archeology of the future, CCAM, Vandœuvre les Nancy, December 9th
2010 – Panel: Research and Creation, Ensa Nancy, April 30th
2009 – Lecture at École Européenne Supérieure de l’Image, Poitiers, December 4th
2009 – Lecture at ENSAD – École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs, Paris, March 18th
2009 – Panel: Images en scène, Lux – Scène nationale de Valence, march 27th
2009 – Lecture at Images en scène, Lux – Scène nationale de Valence, march 28th
2009 – Lecture at Metz College of Arts, introduction and moderator Christian Globensky, December 1st.
2008 – Lecture at Rennes College of Arts, introduction and moderator Luc Larmor, septembre 24th
2008 – Lecture at Sciences Po Paris, introduction and moderators Frédérique Aït-Touati and Valérie Pihet, May 15th
2008 – Panel: Sonde 08 # 02 – Ecriture et dispositifs, La Chartreuse – CNES, Villeneuve lez Avignon, April 22th
2008 – Panel: Sonde 08 # 01 – Mutations de l’écriture, La Chartreuse – CNES, February 15th
2008 – Lecture at Rennes College of arts, moderator Luc Larmor, January 22th
2007 – Lecture at La Chartreuse – CNES, Villeneuve lez Avignon, moderator Franck Bauchard, October 26th
2007 – Panel: Outlab 2007 / CITU, La Bellevilloise, Paris, moderation Martine Bour and Christophe Leclerc, November 19th
2007 – Panel: Art oriented programming, LAM-LETA, Nancy College of arts, moderator Samuel Bianchini, October 20th
2007 – Lecture at Kawenga, Montpellier, moderator Grégory Diguet, February 6th
2006 – Lecture at 4th Monaco International Dance Biennale, December 10th
2006 – Panel: Pixel : Computer graphics, softwares and anthropology, Art-Map, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, moderators E. Grimaud, S. Houdart and A. Deshayes (Avignon College of Arts), October 5th
2006 – Lecture, The Feedback and the Musical Creation, GRAME, Lyon, March 17th
2006 – Lecture at Rennes Colege of arts, moderator Luc Larmor, March 9th
2006 – Lecture at Documentation Center for Contemporary Music, moderator Catherine Vayne and Jean-Baptiste Barrière, January 12th
2005 – Lecture at Emergence festival, Confluences, Paris with Samuel Bianchini, September 25th
2005 – Lecture at Le Cube, Issy-les-Moulineaux, moderator Carine Le Malet, April 10th
2004 – Lecture at Navel Museum, Pougnes-Hérisson, moderator Cécile Renault, May 6th
2002 – Lecture at Lyon Natural History Museum, moderators and discussion Michel Côté and Hervé Groscarret, December 5th
2001 – Lecture at Goethe Institut, Boston (USA) with O. Auber, E. Berriet and B. Hoge, moderator Claudia Ahn-Rahbe, May 5th