Tempest: live A/V performance

Join Gray Area for Tempest! The live A/V project that associates the analog instruments of Franck Vigroux with the visual algorithms of Antoine Schmitt. Doors: 8:00pm / Show: 8:30pm.

Just after the big bang, the universe was completely shapeless, filled with matter and energy, but irregularities were born, which became atoms, suns and planets... Within the primitive soup on Earth, indistinct molecules started to group as bacterias, to become life, animals, humans... Tempest recreates the sound and fury of these original maelstroms within which it searches for the origin of form, it looks for other forms.

The collaborations between Franck Vigroux and Antoine Schmitt can be seen in the movements of millions of particles and can be heard through the roaring of air. By manipulating the internal forces of this chaos, the performers give birth to audio and visual shapes that develop in time, with more or less stability, more or less evidence.

Article Collective will also join us for a thrilling performance of hybrid electronics, nonphysical acousmatic sound, oscillographic imagery and video collage.


Antoine Schmitt

Installation artist, Antoine Schmitt creates artworks in the form of objects, installations and situations to address the processes of movement in all of their modalities, and question their intrinsic conceptual problematics, of plastic, philosophical or social nature. Heir of kinetic art and cybernetic art, nourished by metaphysical science-fiction, he endlessly interrogates the dynamic interactions between human nature and the nature of reality. Originally programming engineer in human computer relations and artificial intelligence, he places the program, a contemporary artistic material and unique by its active quality, at the core of most of his artworks, to reveal and literally manipulate the forces at stake. Antoine Schmitt has also undertaken an articulation of this approach with more established artistic fields like music, dance, architecture, literature or cinema, and has collaborated with Franck Vigroux, Atau Tanaka, Vincent Epplay, Jean-Jacques Birgé, Delphine Doukhan, K.Danse, Patrice Belin, Don Nino, Cubenx, Alberto Sorbelli, Matthew Bourne… As theoretician, speaker and editor of the gratin.org portal, Antoine Schmitt explores the field of programmed art. His work has received several awards in international festivals : transmediale (Berlin, second prize 2007, honorary 2001), Ars Electronica (Linz, second prize 2009), UNESCO International Festival of Video-Dance (Paris, first prize online 2002), Vida 5.0 (Madrid, honorary 2002), CYNETart (Dresden, honorary 2004), [email protected] (Athens, first prize 1999), Interférences (Belfort, first prize 2000), and has been exhibited among others at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), at Sonar (Barcelona), at Ars Electronica (Linz), at the CAC of Sienna (Italy), at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (France), in Nuits Blanches (Paris, Amiens, Metz, Bruxelles and Madrid). It is part of the collections of the Foundations Artphilein (CH), Fraenkel (USA), Meeschaert (FR), of the Espace Gantner (Bourogne, FR), of the Cube (Issy-Mx, FR), of the Paris Municipal Contemporary Art Fund (FMAC). Antoine Schmitt is represented by Galerie Charlot (Paris), and collaborates with bOssa. Antoine Schmitt lives and works in Paris (FR).

Franck Vigroux

A composer and improviser, Franck Vigroux lives in a universe where noise, improvisation, electroacoustic, industrial, hörspiel, and contemporary music meet. On stage he can play many diferent roles: guitar player, turntablist, revox manipulator, electronic performer. He also directed numerous videos, such as Dust (30') in 2007. Franck Vigroux performs solo or regularly collaborates for live acts with Mika Vainio, Transistor (with Ben Miller), Reinhold Friedl he also collaborated with Kasper Toeplitz, Elliott Sharp, Zeena Parkins, Joey Baron, Bruno Chevillon, Marc Ducret, Push the triangle, Kenji Siratori, Ars Nova ensemble instrumental, performs with video artists Antoine Schmitt (with Tempest), Kurt d'Haeseleer (with Aucun lieu), Philippe Fontes (with Police). Since 2000 he repeatedly performed in the United States, in Europe and in Japan either in festivals or in clubs. In 2003, he founded his own label D'Autres Cordes records, some albums are also published by others labels such as Signature Radio France and Hypermodern (Japan). In 2008 he founded the Compagny D'autres cordes dedicated to performing arts: 2009 "Septembres" by Philippe Malone directed by Michel Simonot 2010 "Broken Circles" for ten musicians interpreted by Ars Nova ensemble instrumental, conducted by Philippe Nahon 2011 Un Sang d'Encre with Marc Ducret texts by F.Kafka 2010 Nous autres? - for 2 dancer and 1 electronic musician and interactive video installation 2012 Camera piece for Timpani, Piano, electronics, doublebass, guitar, tape. 2013 Aucun Lieu piece for 1 dancer 1 musician, video installation In 2011 he composed "D503" inspired from the novel " Us ' (Eugene Zamiatine) a piece for Radio France ACR which runs for Prix Italia 2011. He has been comissioned for electroacoustic composition or live electronics acts by Radio France and GRM (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013). Awards: Villa Médicis hors les murs 2009 (New York) Nominee Best album and best track Qwartz electronic music awards 2011 Nominee best video music Qwartz 2008 Nominee Prix Italia 2011 (2nd in music composition).

Article Collection

Article Collection represents one-half of ambient power electronics outfit and eponymous label Private Archive.


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