SxR is a transdisciplinary artist-researcher, a music producer and an academic. His artistic research thrives on a sensitive conversation between art and autonomous machines that investigates the ambivalence of postmodern subjects in their relation to technology, showing how actes manqués underpin every act of resistance to a rational and optimised organisation of the world. Traces, unspeakable legacies, and multiscale approaches form the core of his recent work, making use of various mediums, from interactive electronic & robotic installations to tailored-made sound devices to performing arts. The concept of digital gestures in particular, that is, gestures linked to digital craftsmanship (coding, PCB design, 3D CAD, ...) is central to his practice, with bugs and faults - both inextricably linked to digital technology - figuring an extra medium in itself. In this respect, his work is indirectly shaped by hacking and circuit bending subcultures, but also relates to the dialectic between intimacy and universality that is so deeply rooted in the concept of gesture.
He has collaborated with visual artists Olga Kisseleva and Eric Maillet, Cantierezero Translocal Collective for new music, activist Gaspard Delanoe (as the co-founder of dada inspired political party PFT). Works in collaboration with Kisseleva has been exhibited at Art Paris, FIAC, Louvre-Lens, Ekaterinburg biennale, HKW Berlin and Moscow Laboratoria. As a songwriter and music producer he has had a long-standing career in pop music, with prominent signatures to indie labels New Rose/Lively Art (Anechoic Chamber) and Z-Records & Semapop (Pink Noise Party). He has released six albums and played hundreds of shows in Europe and in the UK. Some of these projects have also contributed to explore the porosity between pop music and contemporary art through dedicated shows or performances, including the first ever submarine pop show on the Black Sea for Balaklava Odyssey 2010 Media Art and Performance Festival or R.I.O.T., a street- performance for Nuit Blanche Off 2014, Paris.
He is a tenured professor of Science & Technology Studies (with a focus on Art & Science) at ENSEA Graduate School and a lecturer at Paris-Cergy School of Art.
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