Tomek Jarolim

From his computing studies at the IUT (Technoligical Universtity Institute), Tomek Jarolim has preserved a strong interest for the logic of the code. He retains this work at the Art School of Aix-en-Provence, where he obtains his Master Degree in Fine Arts with high distinction in 2009. His work takes the shape of installations like Spaces of Silence and Shout ! to question about the presence of the body in space, and directly return to the audience its condition of viewer. In 2008, Tomek Jarolim transposes his colorful and digital universe in the scenography of Shades of White, a piece conceived on a choreography by Bruno Péré « Les Affluents » a Ballet Preljocaj festival. The same year, he joins the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he mainly focuses his work on sound. As a result, he creates a piece entitled Ut Queant Laxis, of which one exerpt, C, is choreographed by Beth Jucoy for « Innovation in Dance » festival in New York. In 2009, he exhibits Invisibles, a generative installation on screens, at the 14th Biennial of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean and « Tout Doit Apparaître », which opens to a sensory aspect of his work. He continues exploring this facet on a version of Wagner’s Ring Saga opera, produced by Antoine Gindt, for late 2011.


Within the Drii program of EnsadLab, my research goes in for "traditional" light sources, especially LED lighting. The stake consists in the manipulation of real light in order to reiterate the experience of sensitive image, to push it farther into the perceptive experience. The research is more focused on the very phenomenon of perception than the composition, the aesthetics — even though those aspects has to be considered as the physical aspects of the color, the intensity, the duration etc.

My choice is oriented on LED light, because it is not more and more used in everyday life, but also the privileged medium for the image (screens, boards, lighting, scenography, etc.). Questioning this support is an attempt to understand if this growing kind of light is also the vector of another type of image, interaction.

The research points a correlation between different kinds of lighting and the perception of the associated image. Beyond the driving aspect throughout various devices (mechanical, electronic or computerized), my questions around interactive lights are concretely oriented on the sensation. What does the light produce on the body ? Does it create another mental form ? This research designs a perceptive approach : the light as cognitive information, able to respond above the actual sensation.

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Invisibles, 2009

Shades of White, avec Bruno Péré, 2008
(Photo © Jean-Claude Carbone)