Arnaud Maguet


Arnaud Maguet is an artist and professor at Villa Arson in Nice, head of the project Méta Musique Machin. He is a non-musician in Brian Eno’s sense of the term and sometimes an author in his own sense of the term. One might say that, like others, his practice is a kind of cable-car connection between the summits of the 20th century avant-garde and the gutters of underground culture, but that would sound horrendously pretentious and extremely reductive. What is true, however, is that by re-appropriating what he could from techniques that he clearly does not master, he has shown work at MAC/VAL, Plateau, Centre Georges Pompidou, MAMAC in Nice, the Musée Départemental d’Art Contemporain de Rochechouart, friche Belle de Mai in Marseille, and even at Confort Moderne in Poitiers. His work has also been shown in the USA, Japan, Canada, Morocco, England, Spain, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. His pieces are present in various public collections (CNAP, FRAC Île-de-France, PACA and Occitanie, Musée de Rouchechouart…) and in a few private collections. He is currently represented by Sultana gallery in Paris. He also created the atypical music label Les Disques en Rotin Réunis ( with contributions by Super Reverb, Bader Motor (his band with Fred Bigot and Vincent Epplay), Hifiklub, Jad Fair, The Legendary Tigerman, Talweg, Jac Berrocal, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Jean-Marc Montera, Jean Dupuy, Jean-Luc Verna, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, and others… He has also recorded several of his own solo albums under various pseudonyms and directed several film portraits: in 2012 of R. Stevie Moore in Nashville I Am A Genius (And There’s Nothing I Can Do About It), in 2013 of Alain Johannes in the Mojave desert (California) Plans Make Gods Laugh, and in 2016 of Lee Ranaldo in New York In Doubt, Shadow Him!He also directed Last Suns, a futuristic movie shot during an artist residency in Morocco, and is now working on a new film-portrait that you will know about the subject in due time.