ABOUT DOMINIQUE MOULON
Art critic and curator, Dominique Moulon studied visual art at the Fine Art School (ENSA) of Bourges and holds a Master’s Degree in aesthetics, science and technology from the University of Paris 8. He is a member of the Observatory of Digital Worlds in Humanities (OMNSH), of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and of the Opline Prize for online contemporary art. Founder of MediaArtDesign.net and MoocDigitalMedia.paris ; he also writes articles for Art Press, Digital MCD, The Seen and Neural. He is the Artistic Director of the media art fair Variation (Show Off) Paris. Dominique Moulon teaches digital media at EPSAA (Ecole Professionnelle Supérieure d’Arts Graphiques) in Paris, ECV (Ecole de Communication Visuelle) and Parsons (The New School for Design). He has also been a regular guest professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), the National School of Fine Arts (ENSBA) in Paris, The Fresnoy (Studio national des arts contemporains) and the University of Paris 8. Author of the books Contemporary New Media Art and Art et Numérique en Résonance, he is doing research at the laboratory Art & Flux (CNRS) of the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne while preparing his next book on the relationships between art, technology and society. As an expert in digital cultures, he has also been sollicited for his input by some companies like SFR, Accenture, Drouot, Renault, l’Oréal Google, Axa or Landor.
ABOUT HIS ARTJAWS COLLECTION: VARIATION – ARTJAWS MEDIA ART FAIR
Through an open exhibition scenography that encourages improbable dialogues, Variation – ArtJaws Media Art Fair documents the world in all its tremors, from the most spectacular to the most intimate, by showcasing artworks by contemporary digital artists who often reappropriate these new technologies with surprising results. The late 1960s saw an effervescence around the convergence of arts and technologies, spotlighted in various projects, groups and events. The Art and Technology Program in Los Angeles, Experiments in Art and Technology in New York, Cybernetic Serendipity in London. All had one point in common, they re-imagined the relationship between artists and the technological environment of their time. It was the age of motion in kinetic art, real-time in video art, aspects that artists from today’s open source cultures are reviving in new ways. Over the past five decades, digital media has persistently “contaminated” artistic media in proximity by infiltrating the lives of each and every one of us. So seamless is this infiltration that we have lost all notion of scale, our everyday tools are digitized in order to optimize data that we don’t even know exactly who controls. Like whistleblowers, today’s artists alert us to the fluctuations of a world we see changing in scale on a daily basis. Artists appropriate fragments, while we reappropriate the work that robots can’t process. The 2017 edition will showcase 50 French and international artists, through 100 artworks and two rooms presenting a special three-part exhibition dedicated to the history of digital contemporary art.