This monograph is structured around an alphabet dedicated to the career of this pioneer of digital art. It also includes contributions from the likes of Nam June Paik and Paul Virilio, as well as an interview with Catherine Ikam and her associate Louis Fléri.
Since 1980, Catherine Ikam has been working on the concept of identity in the electronic age and in particular on the themes of identity and appearance, the living and the artificial. This work is a journey through memory but also projects that the artist picks out in the form of an A to Z, each letter adding a stroke to the portrait of her mind. Words are strung together forming an exquisite corpse that plays with their order in the sentence, creating a multitude of connotations and meanings.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition “Point Cloud Portraits”, at the Centre des arts d'Enghien-les-Bains, from September 20 to December 11, 2016.
Since 1980, Catherine Ikam (born 1948 in Paris, where she lives and works) has been working on the concept of identity in the electronic age, and in particular on the themes of identity and appearance, the living and the artificial, the Human and the model. She is one of the pioneering European artist in the field of new technologies. In 1980 she created for the Museum National d'Art Moderne – Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris ) an installation on the theme of identity based on various problematic instances of self-representation: in Fragments of an Archetype and Identité III she introduces fragmentation in video installations (Nam June Paik, Videocryptography, 1980).
Catherine Ikam has been a Research Fellow at the Massachusset's Institute of Technology, author and producer of TV programs for the French public Television, co-author of Valis, a video opera produced by the IRCAM and the Museum d'Art Moderne for the 10th Anniversary of the Centre Georges Pompidou in 2000. She was awarded the Arcimboldo price for digital art and her work is widely shown both in France and abroad. She was guest artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada) and taught at the French Studio National des Arts Contemporains (Le Fresnoy), where she produced Digital Diaries.