Olivier Bémer firstname.lastname@example.org My name is Olivier Bémer, I was born in Paris and I still work and live there. I graduated from the Ecole Cantonale d'Art in Lausanne, ECAL, Bachelor in photography, and the National School of Fine Arts in Paris, ENSBA, Master of Fine Arts with honors. My work is centered around films, photographs, and multimedia installations, it focuses primarily on the new means of representation and storytelling that our growing use of new information and artificial intelligence technologies is creating. How does a growing computing and database environment affects our relationship to narrative and fiction ? 😬 Education 2010 - 2013 École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne, ECAL, Bachelor in Photography 2016 - 2018 École Nationale supérieur des Beaux-Arts de Paris, ENSBA, Master of fine arts with honors. Exhibitions – Performances – Festivals 04.2019 +333, curated by Folle Béton, 37 rue Tournefort, Paris 05 03.2019 Performance omniprésent, Live 006, 104 Factory, le 104, Paris 11.2018 Performance omniprésent, Live 005, Mirage Festival, Lyon 10.2018 Performance omniprésent, Live 004, Silicon Malley, Lausanne, Suisse 06.2018 Performance omniprésent, Live 003, Electrons Libres, Stereolux, Nantes 04.2018 Chalon Tout Court, Festival de court-métrage, Chalon-sur-Saône 02.2018 Binary Sunrise, concert/performance sonore, Chapelle des Petits-Augustins 10.2017 Performance omniprésent, Live 002, Les Grands Voisins, Paris 07.2017 Performance omniprésent, Live 001, Les Petites Serres, Paris 06.2017 Les Yeux Ouverts: Rencontres documentaires, La générale Nord-Est, Paris 05.2017 Prix suisse de musique : immersion, Centre culturel Suisse, Paris 05.2017 Le tout est toujours plus petit que ses parties, Béton Salon, Paris 11.2016 Fstvl Dcmtr, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris 10.2016 Bon Esprit, Nuit Blanche, La Rotonde, Paris 01.2015 ECAL Photography, Display Gallery, Londres 05.2014 ECAL Photography, 10 Corso Como, Shanghai, Chine 01.2014 ECAL Photography, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan 12.2013 PhotoForum Pasquart, Bienne, Suisse 11.2013 ECAL Photography, Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris 06.2013 La Nuit des Images, Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Suisse 02.2013 Half-Time, Espace Lausannois d’Art Contemporain, Lausanne
Selected Works ↓
25.06.19 - 29.06.19 – Exposition des Diplômés, Palais des Beaux-Arts @13 quai Malaquais, Paris 06
Round & Around2013 – Serie of 73 photographs, medium and large format, 104 pages book. What always struck me in the outskirts of Paris is their standardized urban planning, their almost interchangeable neighborhoods, and the homogeneity of lifestyles. The image of a large settled territory in which a multitude of simultaneous actions intersect, coexist and repeat themselves in a random and disorderly manner; cities where the unusual remains familiar, where reality is absorbed by the model.
Animals in mirrors2016 – Serie of 44 photographs, 78 pages book. This serie tries to explore the traveling experience at the age of Internet. As more and more people on earth can now enjoy tourism, Humanity tends to set the scene for any places that’s worth a visit. Regarding nature, we seek for an experience of the wild that almost doesn’t exist anymore.But the most important thing is sharing the experience. You were there, the group needs to know about it. Everyone, thanks to the world wide web, gets an idea of pretty much every places on earth. We can be everywhere at anytime, we live several presents simultaneously, and we change our photo-background as we jump from one place to another.
What's left to be seen2016, film-essai, 23'02 Travel is the movement of people between relatively distant geographical locations, you may understand the word « distant » in a broader sense. It can be one way or a round trip, as long as you remember where you began. Travel can also include relatively short stays between successive movements. Navigation is the process of monitoring and controlling any movement from one place to another. Navigation, in a broader sense, can refer to any skill or study that involves the determination of position and direction. wether it’s land navigation, marine navigation, aeronautic navigation, space navigation, or somewhere else. Time is exhausted, space is mapped, and we have the gift of ubiquity. Landscapes or wallpaper ? we are spectators of our own representations, we move from one paradox to another and we take pictures of other pictures. "in real life" is a vague idea. Representation and experience are two porous notions. ✹Les Yeux Ouverts: Rencontres documentaires, La générale Nord-Est, Paris, 2017 ✹Fstvl Dcmtr, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 2016 ✹Nuit Blanche, La Rotonde, Paris, 2016
Alice & John2017, video, ∞ loop, 5'24 Alice & John is a conversation between Alice, an Artificial intelligence to chat with people online, and John Lennon. The conversation is made of Alice's answers to each sentence of Lennon famous song; 'Imagine'. Then starts a dialogue of the deaf between an out of date anthem of hope, and the arrogants answers of a blond and anorexic chatbot, dancing on a smartphone displaying John Lennon and Yoko Ono's videoclip from 1971.
Auto–pilot (Tessy did good)2018, 3 channel instalation, 15'45 Joshua Brown was a Tesla fan, posting videos of himself driving handsfree. One of his videos showing how his Tesla prevented a crash, went viral. One month later this car failed to notice a white truck crossing the street while he was driving on auto-pilot. He became the first man dying in an road accident involving a self-driving car.
Playtime © (sponsored story)2018, video installation, ∞ loop, 11'28 John asks George, George answers him. From suggestions to suggestions John enters a virtuous marketing circle. A story without an end. This scenario was based on real patents for new techniques and advertising technologies to aim and target consumers more precisely, that you can find online. New compositions were made from sketches found in those patents and are shown in light frames together with the video in the exhibition space.