Marie-Julie Bourgeois

After studying visual communication, Marie-Julie Bourgeois works at Partizan Production company as an Artistic Director and a post-production graphic designer. Developing her own artistic research, she produces a series of experimental videos on the body and its extensions through various collaborations with musicians.

In 2007, she participates to a collective exhibition about metamorphosis and body mutations at Dialogos gallery. In 2008, she receives a Master of New Media at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI with honors. She develops interactive devices dealing with the issues of tele-presence, where the camera object is a machine invading our everyday life. Tempo (mapping the sky in real time) was exposed at the « Nuit Blanche 2008 » on the occasion of « Nemo » festival, at « SIANA » festival in Evry and Brazil. Void Extension (behaving virtual camera) is presented at « Future en Seine » at the Pavillon de l’Arsenal and at « Piksel » festival in Norway. In 2009, she receives the digital creator grant from the Jean-Luc Lagardere foundation for Parallel Distorsion (interactive temporal distortion).

Research

What is behind the visible spectrum ? If the light, as matter and medium, allows us to see and to be seen, how can it transform the way to see and act ? Most of our vision devices, natural and artificial, are dependent from light. My research focus on physical and perceptual human activities taken between light and "vision machine". These two elements are implemented in most of my interactive devices, whether they are automatic or interacting with the public.

In the Tempo, the natural sunlight is caught by webcams and retransmitted in a map. This installation shows us different fragments of sky in real time and reverse the vision of the CCTV machines. Void Extension is the shadow of a missing surveillance camera. The aura of those extensions of our vision, proliferating at every street corner, is rendered by an artificial light which suggests the presence of a living object. We are virtually tracked by this interactive form. Parallel Distorsion is an audio-light interface based on geolocalised coordinates in order to recreate the sun path in a room. Through these installations, I question the manipulation of time and our behaviour towards technology and scientific and climatic improvements.

Different kinds of camera are coming on the surveillance market - like infrared and thermographic cameras - allowing to observe in various climatic conditions (night, rain, fog, snow…). Within the EnsadLab research program, I’m focusing on those augmented vision technologies.

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