The Author : Disnovation.org
DISNOVATION.ORG [aka. disobedient innovation] is a collaborative group based in Paris. A shared platform for contemporary art, research and hacking, the group creates situations of interference, debate and speculation aimed at diverting the ideology behind innovation in a bid to spark alternative narratives via a series of investigations, works of art and subverted critical analysis. The group also publishes works such as The Pirate Book, designed as an anthology on pirating cultural content.
Founded by Nicolas Maigret and Maria Roszkowska, the group operates in different configurations depending on each individual project and piece of research. Predictive Art Bot is an algorithm for predicting and subverting emerging artistic trends and was developed by Jérôme Saint-Clair (artist and developer) and Dasha Ilina (artist). Shanzhai Archeology is a collection of non-standardised, hybrid technological objects, and invites the viewer to reconsider the standardisation of western technological concepts. It was designed by Clément Renaud (researcher) and Hongyuan Qu (designer).
The Author : Switch (On paper)
Éric Mangion has been the director of the Villa Arson art center since 2006. There he hosted and organized numerous solo exhibitions, notably for Eva Barto, Sonia Boyce, Monster Chetwynd, Judy Chicago, Jeremy Deller, Jean Dupuy, Brice Dellsperger, Ryan Gander, Bernard Heidsieck, Emmanuelle Lainé, Zoé Léonard, Flora Moscovici, Roman Ondak, Linda Sanchez, Tatiana Trouvé, as well as group exhibitions such as <em>Ne pas jouer avec des choses mortes, Go Canny! Poétique du sabotage, Double Bind / Arrêtez d’essayer de me comprendre!, Acclimatation, À moitié carré/À moitié fou, Transmission and À la vie délibérée. </em> He was the director of Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur from 1993 to 2005, during which time he oriented part of the collection toward evolutive works. He also was the independent head and co-curator of many exhibitions, including: <em>Self in Material Conscience</em>, Fondation Sandretto in Turin, 2002 ; <em>Artur Barrio: Actions After Actions</em> at the University of Philadelphia, 2006 ; <em>Recommencer, Commencer de nouveau la peinture</em> by Gérard Gasiorowski, Carré d’art in Nîmes, 2010 ; <em>Modules</em> (Thomas Teurlai, Vivien Roubaud and Tatiana Wolska), Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2014 ; <em>La voix libérée – Poésie sonore</em>, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2019 ; <em>Parties sans éteindre la lumière</em> (Pauline Curnier Jardin and Marie Losier,) Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, Paris, 2019. He was also the artistic director of the Printemps de Septembre festival 2010 (<em>Une forme pour toute action</em>) and artistic advisor on the <em>Live</em> festival in Vancouver, 2011. A member of the dance commission for the Ministry of Culture from 2013 to 2016, he has presided over the Actoral and Montévidéo festivals (Marseille) since June 2017. As an art critic contributing to several publications, in 2007 he oversaw the artistic direction of the journal <em>Fresh Théorie III</em>. He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine Switch (on Paper).
Luc Clément acquired extensive experience in communication at major groups (Havas, Publicis) and independent structures before forming his own agency in Nice. An expert in brand name history, he possesses solid skills in the world of creation. In 2001, he founded ‘Le Dojo’, an experimental contemporary art space where he collaborated with numerous artists and musicians on in situ projects, throwing bridges and prompting interactions between the artistic sphere and private business. These collaborations put the spotlight on various original artists such as Céleste Boursier Mougenot, Matthieu Mercier, Nicolas Moulin, Vincent Epplay and, in association with Arnaud Maguet, performances by Jac Berrocal, Xavier Boussiron, Lee Ranaldo, Aki Onda and many more. He is now Associate Editor and Head of Publication for the magazines Marie Claire and Marie Claire Maison Méditerranée.