ArtJaws invites you to Variation – ArtJaws Media Art Fair in Paris!
Partner of the previous editions of the exhibition, ArtJaws is coproducing Variation Media Art Fair, this year, for the first time. This “click and mortar” exhibition is becoming one of the highlights of the ArtJaws platform in Europe. In Situ, the ArtJaws team of mediation is welcoming the art collectors, and their visit is augmented online by ArtJaws via QR codes displayed on the cartels. Visitors will access to bibliographical information on the artists exhibited, detailed descriptions of the artworks and will, therefore, be able to acquire the artworks showcased directly on their smartphones or tablets.
Among the selection of exclusive artworks curated for Variation, the art collector will discover numerous artists already in the ArtJaws collection. This exhibition will give them a unique opportunity to see those artworks in an open scenography, revealing the multiplicity of new media used in the contemporary creation, especially in the field of digital arts.
Through an open exhibition scenography that encourages improbable dialogues, Variation – 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 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 seize 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.
Founder & CEO ArtJaws
Anne-Cécile Worms, founder, and CEO of Art2M, has been exploring digital arts for more than 20 years, leading her to become a major figure in that field in France and internationally. Her expertise is based on an international network of artists, designers, and engineers who create installations and events related to art and new technologies. “Serial entrepreneur” in the fields of innovation and culture, graduated in Political Science from the prestigious “Institut d’Etudes Politique, Paris” (Political Sciences Institut of Paris), Anne-Cécile Worms founded her first start-up in 1999, specialized in online electronic music in free download, in peer to peer.
As an editor and journalist, since 2003 she has been publishing Magazine des Cultures Digitales (MCD), featuring thematic issues such as Art/Industry, Conjuring Drones, New Climate Stories… guides and books, including “Art et Culture(s) Numérique(s), panorama international”. She is also the digital arts expert for Institut Français. Read More
Dominique Moulon is a member of the Observatory of Digital Worlds in Human Sciences, the Opline Prize for online contemporary art and artistic director of Variation – Media Art Fair since its first edition four years ago. Dominique Moulon teaches new media at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, at Paris 1 and Paris 8 universities, and is regularly invited to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Le Fresnoy studio in France. His book «Contemporary Art and New Media» was published in French by Scala in 2011 and in English on tablet in 2013. Founder of the site MediaArtDesign.net, he also writes articles for Art Press, Magazine des Cultures Digitales, and The Seen, while pursuing his research at the Art & Flux laboratory of the National Center for Scientific Research and at Paris 1 University Panthéon-Sorbonne. Since 2015, he has among other things coordinated the Digital Media MOOC of the City of Paris. Read more
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