Born in 1952, Jean-Jacques Birgé is, at one and
the same time, a music composer, sound designer, film director and
After studying cinema at the French National Film School (IDHEC),
Jean-Jacques Birgé conceived a passion for sound and images,
particularly due to their potentialities to produce sense.
In 1975 he set up the record label GRRR and in 1976 the orchestra
named Un Drame Musical Instantané (with Bernard Vitet
and Francis Gorgé). He composes for films (I.Barrère,
D.Belloir, D.Cabrera, P.Desgraupes, P.Morize, F.Reichenbach, F.Romand, J.Rouxel,
R.Sangla, M.Trillat, Cinemathèque Albert Kahn, Cité
des Sciences et de l'Industrie...), ballets (J.Gaudin, K.Saporta...),
photography (Arles), theater (Anne-Laure Liégeois), radio, books read aloud, and he has recorded 30 albums. On
stage, he brought live music from silent movies into fashion (more
than 26 creations) and he improvises or produces multimedia shows.
He was nominated at the Victoires de la Musique for Le K
with actor Richard Bohringer.
Concerning movies, twenty years after La nuit du phoque,
he realized Vis à vis: Idir et Johnny Clegg a capella.
He won a British Academy Award of Film & TV Arts and the Locarno
Video Festival Jury Award in 1994, collectively, for Sarajevo,
a street under siege, and his short movie The Sniper
was shown in more than 1000 cinemas in France…
As a specialist in synthesis instruments, he is attracted by new technologies
which involve unknown or iconoclastic objects. In parallel, he is
a sound designer and a composer for exhibitions (Il était
une fois la fête foraine at the Grande Halle de la Villette,
The Extraordinary Museum in Japan, The Laying of the
Hands in Amsterdam, Passerelle et L'argent
in Belgium, Le Siècle Métro in Paris, Jours
de Cirque in Monaco, French Pavillion at Aïchi International World Fair, Robots in Futuroscope...); for websites (BDDP-TBWA, Laurent-Perrier,
Ville de Lyon, Compagnie Générale des Eaux, Numer, Determinism,
Virtools, Adidas, Nike, Ptits Repères, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Musée de l'Immigration...);
for CD-Rom (At the circus with Seurat, Fenêtre
sur l'Art, Cahiers Passeport, Europrix 98,
AZ, Firmenich, DVD-Rom Le Louvre, Le
Grand Jeu, Sethi et la couronne d'Egypte, Mr Men
series, Salto and Zelia, Domicile d'Ange Heureux...);
or DVD 1+1, a natural story of sexuality (Möbius Sciences
Award, International Möbius Jury Award, Europrix E-Learning Award);
for games such as Le Bal (SACD Interactive Creation Award).
He is a multimedia author of Carton (an enhanced-CD where
an original game completes each song), Machiavel (an interactive
video scratch created with Antoine Schmitt) and last, but not least,
Alphabet, created with Murielle Lefèvre and Frédéric
Durieu from the book by Kveta Pacovska (Grand Prix Möbius International,
SACD Multimedia Award, Bologna Award of the Best Adaptation, and 13
other international awards in USA, Japan, France, Germany, the Nederlands...).
With this CD-Rom, he inaugurates a new direction of work based on
generative and interactive creation, offering the gamer the pleasure
of discovering each time a new interpretation (on-line and off-line).
He collaborates regularly with lecielestbleu.com (with F.
Durieu, SCAM Award of the Best Internet Site, NarrowCast Content Award)
and flyingpuppet.com (with N. Clauss, Centre Pompidou Flash
Festival Special Award). He signs Les Portes with Clauss, an intercative video installation, and Nabaz'mob with Antoine Schmitt, an opera for 100 Nabaztag rabbits for which he's also the sound design father.
He teaches and gives conferences: Ecole des Gobelins, INA, Paris VIII,
Céci, IRCAM, Autograf, CNAM, ENJMIN, ENSCI, Arts Décos (Amiens and Strasbourg),
Beaux-Arts (Quimper), Pôle Atlantique, MediaLab (Finland), IESAV (Lebanon), SMCQ (Canada), Femis (Germany), Pilots (Spain), etc.
Born in 1968. Nicolas Clauss, self-taught artist, stopped
(provisory) painting in 2000 to do Web and multimedia projects. He
is the co-founder of the site lecielestbleu.com, and created
his own space, flyingpuppet.com, in 2001.
He has a master's degree in experimental and social psychology and
a bachelor degree in arts and picture technologies (ATI). He has exhibited
his pictures since 1989, in solo shows (Galerie Arnoux in Paris, Centre
Culturel Français de Séoul and Seoul International Art
Fair in Korea, Crawford Gallery, Beatty Gallery and Sidney Art Theater
in Australia), and collectively (Grands et Jeunes d'Aujourd'hui et
Réalités Nouvelles at the Grand Palais in Paris, Howard
Leonard Gallery and Savah Gallery in Australia, Gana Art Center in
Korea, etc.). He exhibited his first installation at the Espace Culturel
du Prieuré in Maule.
In his multimedia works, he goes on building universes where the beautiful
thickness of the paste does not overflow the transparent effects,
and the movement of the mouse draws out the gesture of the painter.
On Flying Puppet, he has conceived and realized over 50 on-line
interactive pieces, often collaborating with musicians (Jean-Jacques
Birgé of course, but also François Baxas, Denis Colin,
Patricia Dallio, Pascale Labbé, Thomas Le Saulnier, Jean Morières,
Passionately fond of contemporary dance, he was nominated at the Möbius
2001 for Danse ! (DadaMedia) and created Soaring Steps
for BBC-On-line, DeepSea and Temptation for Diesel
clothes. During an artist residency at the ECM des Mureaux, following
statements of immigrants, he realized the web site Cinq Ailleurs.
Since then, he has multiplied the projects of that kind with children
and teenagers, as well as pedagogical interventions around his work
and conferences-performances (Centre Pompidou, Numer, Cité
du Livre, ECM, Le Cube...).
He received the Centre Pompidou Flash Festival 2002 Special Award
(Show: Interactive Dance), the SCAM Award of the Best Internet Site
2001-2002 for LeCielEstBleu, and the Net-Art Third Award
at La Villette Numérique 2002. Flyingpuppet.com et
cinq-ailleurs.com were Macromedia Sites of the Day.
He signs Les Portes with Birgé, an intercative video installation.
His work is shown in exhibitions and sites in France (Incident.net,
Provisoire.net, VidéoFormes, Le Cube, La Friche Belle de Mai, Arte.tv), America (Rhizome.org, Turbulence.org,
ComputerFineArts.com, PixelPress.org, Revue digitale Chair-et-métal,
Naqoyqatsi / Miramax, ATHICA / Athens Institute of Contemporary Art,
SoftForm / Toronto Propeller Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts / 404, Argentina / File, Brazil / Tamayo Museum, Mexico...),
Germany (A Virtual Museum, Java Museum, Free Manifesta), Switzerland
(Festival VIPER Basel), Great Britain (Digital Pocket Gallery, Liberarti),
Holland (MAFF), Korea (Hexa Media Festival), Czechia (Violens Festival Tabor), Turquey
(Istanbul Contemporary Art Museum)...
Since Somnambules he has created many new participative artworks (websites and more and more installations) : jai10ans.com, delartsijeveux.com, L'ardoise, Un palpitant, Or not toupie, Les musiciens...
Born in 1948, Didier Silhol danced first with Joseph Russillo, then
at Free Dance Song (with Annick Nozati, Christiane de Rougemont, Hideyuki
Yano, Elsa Wolliaston, Harry Sheppard). He studied classical dance
with Andreï Glegolski, and Cunningham technics with Charles Moulton
and Robert Kovitch. In 1978, he met Lisa Nelson and Steve Paxton during
a course of Danse Contact Improvisation.
In 1980, he co-founded the Association Danse Contact Improvisation
and began to teach this technique and dance approach. He plays for
several companies (Odile Duboc, Stéphanie Aubin, Jean-Claude
Gallotta, Christiane Blaise, Geneviève Sorin, etc.).
A choreographer since 1978, he works with musicians and art designers:
Emotion en péril, for three dancers and one double-bass
player, 1994 - Noir sans être nu, solo and film, 1995
- Midi-Minuit, a 12 hour performance for eight dancers at
Fondation Cartier, 1996 - Sans cesse, opera-ballet with sixty
people in social trouble and forty musicians (music by Thomas Gubitsch)
in Le Mans, 1996 - Le Piège de Méduse for the
opening of the Musée Erik Satie, 1998 - Tu le vois le voleur,
duo, 1999 - Zoo Musique, an interpretation of the play by
Jacques Rebotier for 17 musicians et 1 dancer, 1999-2003 - Creation
for the Paris CNR Diploma, 2000 - Au lieu dit la mi-temps,
He has organized performances in France, Canada, Portugal, Italy,
and an experimental film festival at the Ménagerie de Verre
with Yann Beauvais.
He teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique
et de Danse in Paris.
He also creates experimental films (Entre amis, 1992 - Rue
de larme et d’eau riante, 1996 - L’instant T,