Maurice Benayoun 從虛到實的追尋
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|Title||Maurice Benayoun 從虛到實的追尋|
Maurice Benayoun, the French pioneer new media artist, uses different media including videos, virtual reality, internet, and wireless technology, to present large-scale urban art installations and interactive exhibitions to express his artistic concept. He had a keen interest in arts from his boyhood. At first, he was in contact with modern paintings and photography. He later studied philosophy at university and deepened his understanding of art theory.
“I am good at physics and mathematics, and I have a certain understanding of philosophy. Doing scientific research can be quite exciting, but to some extent you’re not free. Making art gives you an influential freedom. I’m very interested in the history of art, people still talk about paintings from 1,200 years ago which validates their value. I do art because I want to create something that will have an impact on the world. I don’t want to execute the artistic approaches that has been utilized before, but I want to discover new ways to express ideas. My creative drive largely comes from the stimulation brought about by creating art with new form of media. ” said, Maurice.
Maurice ‘s works are often accompanied by video and placed in his realm of virtual reality. When talking about his own work he said, “I will describe the medium I use as ‘Open Art’. I often try out different attempts then I decided to use certain medium to showcase the concept of my art. In the 1980’s, I created a series using computer graphics, which was very futuristic during that time. At the same period, I began to create virtual reality art. I was one of the five artists in the world who doing art with virtual reality."
One of Maurice ’s works ‘Is God Flat?’ directs us into philosophical thinking. Maurice ’s notion of art is very simple: Why do you want to do art? To guide the audience to ponder over our identity in this world. He pointed out that people live in this world and that they are part of the world. ‘Is God Flat?’ is portrayed through the medium of virtual reality. It enables people to reflect on, ‘Why this world exists?’ The work hopes to lead the audience to wonder on the question. ‘Does the world operate this way because the “creator” built it the way it is, or is it because of our actions?’
Another one of his works, the ‘Brain factory’, also discusses why we create art, is it because we try to define something? Is it because we try to visualize our souls? In this work, through the technology of 3D printing, people see certain words and the thoughts in their minds. The reactions to the words become concrete and figurative, then it becomes a figurine of the real things. “When we talk about freedom, no one knows what it looks like, but we know what it feels like to be free. We might think of women with torches, but it is only a symbol. I created ‘Brain Factory’ to see what it would be like to have our thoughts materialized without words or actions. What matters to me is not the result, but the process of creating it.” said, Maurice Benayoun.
Maurice Benayoun likes to do something that no one has done before. Like the work ‘The Tunnel under the Atlantic' between the Pompidou Centre in Paris, France and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal, Canada. He built a virtual reality tunnel which no one has ever attempted before. Building a virtual reality tunnel between the two countries, allowed people who kept going through it to see each other, meet each other and even talk to each other. (The picture taken inside is another of his works, Tunnel Shots Project)
When it comes to the memorable creative experience, Maurice Benayoun refers to the ‘World Skin, A Photo Safari in the land of War’, which used photos from the World War II. The audience participating in the virtual reality art took pictures and explored with the camera. Whenever they take a picture, the part that was photographed disappears and becomes a blank piece. In this work, the camera gives people the ability to take pictures and “delete” their memories, but it left a blank space which is very hard to ignore. "The spectators were initially very excited and thought it was a video game, but it gradually became dignified."
For some people, art is a way of expressing one's self. Some people regard it more as a faith and an indispensable part of their lives. As an artist, Maurice Benayoun has a sense of delegation. He hopes to express his ideas in an innovative form of art, to trigger associations and to reflect on our role in this world.
Maurice Benayoun, the french pioneer new media artist and theoretician, now lives in Hong Kong. His works use different media to portray large-scale urban art installations and interactive exhibitions. It involves videos, virtual reality, internet and wireless technology.
|Media name/outlet||Project RAW|
|Degree of recognition||Local|