nicolas clauss - bio
- artist statement - website
interactive sound "paintings"; a series of prints; pixel as texture; a nod to the CD-rom "Alphabet" which showed me the digital way. Four years after dropping the brushes, a virtual comeback to painting.
and TV images of George Bush--father and son--put together in what could
be described as the Bush psychoanalytic nightmare.
with Jean-Jaques Birgé, sound
An interactive rural short taking place at the Jumeaubar in the French countryside. Two friends are having coffee and liquor. The user, by moving the mouse on and off the stage or by clicking, changes the direction of the movie which in turn, changes the sounds. Sounds and music give a humoristic and nostalgic touch to the scenes.
video portrait of a friend who once faced a serious illness.
a mixture of biographical elements and pictures (including a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci) showing us what we are made of.
Interactive painting based on "the Scream" by Edvard Munch and after Francis Bacon; uses video and radio samples, and music by Stockhausen (that you can stretch by clicking).
Research on video layers texture about primal scream and crazyness.
a short work about World War 1 inspired by Arthur Rimbaud's poem: "The Sleeper of the Valley" (Le Dormeur du Val) and based on archived pictures from 1917.
"A young soldier, open-mouthed, bare-headed, his neck bathed in cool blue cresses, sleeps; he is stretched out on the grass, under the sky, pale on his green bed where the light falls like rain."
On day on the air
This piece consists of 16 radiophonic bits which were recorded on Monday, July 8, 2002 from 4 to 5 p.m., online. The user navigates --by using the mouse--in what could be described as a photograph of the French radiophonic landscape at a particular moment.
Sound loops are arranged with respect to one another in order to question this landscape and find new interpretations of the original broadcast as they are manipulated by the site visitor. It's up to the user to create their own interpretation of this potentially iconoclastic material, which consists of news (the Tour de France, the stock market ), testimonials, and advertising.
Passionately fond of contemporary dance, he was nominated at the Möbius 2001 for the "Danse !" project (DadaMedia) and he created "Soaring Steps" for BBC-On-line, and "DeepSea" and "Temptation" for Diesel clothes. During an artist residency at the ECM des Mureaux, following statements of immigrants, he realized the online project "Five elsewhere"; and, more recently, J'ai10ans (I am 10) with the ECM of les Ulis about multicultural issues with kids between 8 to 12. Clauss has worked on several projects with children and teenagers, as well as pedagogical interventions around his work and conferences-performances (Centre Pompidou, Numer, Cité du Livre, ECM, Le Cube...). In 2003 he returned to dance with the online choreographic project somnambules (somnambules.net) with Jean-Jacques Birge and Didier Silhol. Recently he and Birge performed live in concert.
Clauss received the Centre Pompidou Flash Festival 2002 Special Award (Show: Interactive Dance), the SCAM Award of the Best Internet Site 2001-2002 for LeCielEstBleu, a Net-Art Award at La Villette Numérique 2002, and the Special Jury Prize at the Seoul Film and Net Festival 2003 (SENEF) for somnambules.
His work has been shown in many art exhibitions,
festivals and online events all over the world.