Maurice Benayoun is a French new-media artist whose work employs various media, including (and often combining) video, immersive virtual reality, the Web, wireless technology, performance, large-scale art installations and interactive exhibitions.
He is co-founder and art director of the CiTu research center (Création Interactive Transdisciplinaire Universitaire), dedicated to research and creation in emerging art forms.
The aesthetic and informational curvature of the world
Egonomics in arts and research,
“He digs a Tunnel under the Atlantic, charts the first map of the world’s emotions then sells these emotions as musical cocktails. He offers the only acceptable explanation of the imperfection of the World (Quarxs), launches a photo safari in the land of war (World Skin), dares to ask the Big Questions: is God flat? and the Devil curved?. He shares his retina with everybody (Art Impact) and unveils the existence of Big Brother’s sister (Watch Out!). To take a break, he creates the biggest interactive exhibition on Earth (Cosmopolis), reshapes Europe’s biggest abbey with pixels, warns us about the dangers of communication rafting, co-creates a pioneer CG company (Z-A) ignoring what does “business model” means, defends “infra-realism” and “critical fusion”, converts Shanghais into QR codes (NeORIZON), reconfigures a major Paris subway station and converts the Arc de Triomphe into a monument to Peace. Beside, he pretends to define the future of art, daily dumps all new concepts and upholds in La Sorbonne that a blog can be a thesis (the-dump.net).”
Maurice Benayoun is a pioneer new media artist leaving in Paris, France. He is also a Professor of Information Science at the University of Paris, co-founder of The Citu and H2H Lab. His work and research explore the potential of various media from video, to virtual reality, Web and wireless art, public space large scale art installations and interactive exhibitions. Defined as OPEN ART, his work has been widely exhibited all over the world and has received numerous international awards and prizes. He has been exhibited in international museums including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, The Museums of Contemporary Art in Lyon and Montreal, Kiasma in Helsinki, Moving Image, Eyebeam and more.
Professor in Information Science, co-founder of The Citu and H2H Lab, Maurice Benayoun’s work explores, across the past two decades, the potential and the significance of various media that deeply altered our way to see, to understand, to describe and to change the world.
His work investigates fields going from immersion to Critical Fusion, from the Global Body to the Extended Relativity which explains, at the same time, the curvature of the information space-time as well as of the urban space-time. The physical world and the data world are profoundly affected in their topography by egonomics and by the constantly redefined laws of serendipity. Through his artworks, Maurice Benayoun redefines the dynamics, politics and poetics of semic and semantic fluids that affect our new interactions with the world and its inhabitants.