Both an exhibition catalogue, a retrospective of thirty years of graphic research, and an experimental hybrid publication that provides the reader with a graphic and sensorial universe by experimenting with enhanced reality devices with the body.
“My work aims to put into perspective and to
materialise the effects of code and data in practice
and in representation.
To cope with today's sudden burst of information,
we are witnessing a new fondness for graphic
technologies which visualise all types of data flow
and which aim to shed a new light on world affairs.
All these tools that manipulate material information
remind us of the first artistic experiments carried
out between the 1960s and the 1980s, notably artists
such as Jasia Reichardt, John Whitney, Lilian Schwarz,
, Kenneth Knowlton, Georg Nees, Frieder
Nake, Manfred Mohr, Vera Molnar... My creations are
based on their work, but without being assimilated.
For over 30 years, I have probed and experimented
with the impact of time on our senses, on the ways
of writing or drawing and on our relationships with
computational and graphic machines.
To pay attention to this matter is to confirm an
art concept of standard play and which exceeds in
voluntarily producing almost nothing on the scale of
a world worked by digitization.”
This publication is conceived as an hybrid edition (paper + “enhanced reality”): graphics recreations are associated with three graphical works reproduced in this publication, playable on
or tablet with a specific application.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at Lara Vincy Gallery, Paris, from May to June 2014.
Pierre Braun has been a research professor of art since 1993 at the University of Rennes 2, Lab Team 7472: Practice and Theory of Contemporary Art. He directed the department of visual arts from 2000 to 2003. He created the multimedia digital master and then the Master of Graphic Design at Rennes 2, which he co- leads with Nicolas Thély
. He also keeps a research notebook on the academic platform (computerdrawing.hypotheses.org). During the 80s, Pierre Braun assists Vera and François Molnar in their graphic and algorithmic research. Pierre Braun publishes articles and directs several collective publications on Vito Acconci
, Vera Molnar, Hubert Renard
... He published Free the machines. The technological imagination at the test of art
Texts by Florence De Mèredieu and Christophe Domino.
Programming: Arthur Vimond, Delphine Bézier, Flora Marchand & Rodolphe Bossé, Julia Dirand.
Graphic design: Laura Bruneau.
Published by Présent Composé.
published in May 2014
French edition (essays translated into English)
16 x 24 cm (softcover)
80 pages (b/w ill.)
ISBN : 978-2-9522355-6-3
EAN : 9782952235563