Espace Victoire - 17/03>28/03

Place de la Victoire 63000 Clermont-Ferrand
Tuesday from Saturday from 10AM to 12.30AM and 1.30PM to 6PM

Free access

Sergej TITOV (Netherlands)

The singing Rocking Chair (2010)

Produced by AKI Artez Academy for Fine Art and Design (Enschede, Netherlands), and presented with the support of EU Culture Program 2007-2013 for Transit project, worn by EMAF (D) & Vidéoformes (F).

Interractive installation, 2010

My singing-rocking-chair project is since some months in the development. The idea was to build a rocking-harp-chair. This idea is inspired throw therapeutic musicinstruments. In the music-therapy is the whole body connected with the instrument. The oscillation of the strings goes through your body. This has a pleasant and curative effect.

In my installation people can sit, swing and rock. You can sit, relax and pull the iron strings on the side of the chair. A microphone under the chair catches the oscillation. The oscillation goes through the effect-devices than through the amplifier and than to the speaker and finaly through your body. Sensors perceive the movements of the swinging chair and change the sound during the swing. My motivation to apply to her festival is, to see how the people react to the installation.

Mona BENTZEN (Norway)

In memory of the sacred forest

Creation in residence, With the support of Clermont Communauté, D.R.A.C. d’Auvergne and assistance of the Norwegian Embassy in Paris.

Clermont-Ferrand is one of the oldest cities in France. The oldest known city name was Nemessos - a Gallic word for a sacred forest, situated on top at the mound of the past NEMESSOS where the present Cathedral Notre-Dame was constructed. With this as inspiration, I will make a site-specific installation in the tourist office facing the cathedral.

I am fascinated by how nature, history and religion affect us as human beings, and how the past influences the present. Clermont-Ferrand has a rich history, conquered several times, inhabited by different cultures. Nature, a chain of 10 000 years old volcanoes that surround the city (Chaîne des Puys), healing volcanic sources, OAK trees and mistletoe used in medicine. A city with a large proportion of religious architecture with the dominant cathedral, built in Gothic style by the typical black volcanic stone of the area («pierre de Volvic») in the centre.
Tourist office is the ideal place for my space- and site-specific installation that can contain everything from video, objects, text, structures, etc. This gives me a great freedom and opportunity to create an artwork for a total sensory experience physically and mentally.
I look forward to my term, as artist in residence at the Science and the Shape the result will be exhibited at the tourist office, a perfect place for my work.

Benjamin NUEL (France)

Digital installation / video game, 2008

Terrorist and anti-terrorist - those archetypal figures of the current video war game - are both segregated in the bucolic and relaxing backdrop of a magnificent hotel. They are standing by, more or less idle. They pass the time.


The player will be expected to observe (and disturb) them and try to learn more about this waiting area. According to one’s position, one can affirm: « this exists, I can see it, I can even bang against it » or « I reckon they haven’t had enough time to finish the piece because it’s all gone to pot », and so pass from one to the other.

This work is based on springs in the order of the fascination, curiosity and frustration. Inspired by the mechanics of video game war, he proposed a world anti-dramatic. It is finally an object film where the choice of temporality and the strolling to its importance. However, the player must begin the experiment with this question in mind: what is the purpose? And if there is no progress or development of the universe during the experiment (this is a stopped time, in loop) there is a evolution during geographical shift in aware that the player has of his place. It is a story about cohabitation on several levels. The players are located at the points where antagonistic forms clash in an unstable universe.

HOTEL - serie is a web-fiction telling of the collapse of this world.

Born in 1981 in St. Etienne, a graduate of School of Fine Arts of Strasbourg and from Fresnoy. Awarded the Rhône Alpes writing grant for the film La fin du monde (The End of the World), the Dicréam grant for design and project production, and an individual grant from the DRAC Ile de France for Hôtel/Série (Hotel/Series).