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JEAN-MICHEL ROLLAND
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2021
PRESENCE


SABOTAGE


2020
AFFORDANCE


EXTASES


LE BALLON ROUGE : COMPRESSION


BEIJING BICYCLES


NAKAMISE-DORI


ENTROPY:BOCCADASSE


ENTROPY:ZELLIGE


ENTROPY:SKY


2019
TRACES:LIGHTS


UNE FOULE EN COLERE


MASSACRE


OBSESSION


TRACES:TREES - WIP


SERRAJINE


CREPUSCULE


2018
MUSICAL LANDSCAPES
Series of 5 videos


TRACES:BIRDS


LA ROUE


TRACES:WAVES


RESISTANCE


WASTE


LITTLE BY LITTLE


GROWING TREES
UPON NEW YORK


2017
THE PARTISAN


COLLATERAL DAMAGE


DRIFTING


PASSAGE


2016
DON'T BE AFRAID


THE SUNSET DOORS


GOODBYE GLACIERS


2015
TYPO


THE TEMPEST


6 OPERAS


SLOWDOWN#2


2014
HANG ON


SLOWDOWN#1


THE PUCK


2013
LA COURSE (The Race)


SON ET LUMIERE


EMPTY WATER


THE BRAINSWEEPER


CICADAS IN THE SUN


2012
FIRST PERSON SHOOTER


SMILES AND SLAPS


BURNING MATCHES


RUNNING WATER


TECHNO GARBAGE MEN


LA NOYADE (The Drowning)


THE DEADMAN SHOW


BLOWER


DRIBBLING ALONE


THE UNKNOWN SKATER


CYCLING IN RHYTHM


2011
NEONS MELODY


ACOMMUNICATION


TRAINING DOORS


TECHNO TOOLS


BUBBLE POPS


HAPPY BIRTHDAY


BILLIARDS MELODY


TIME MELODY


ERROR SYSTEM


CARS MELODY


MURMURES
NEWS
July 24 to September 26 : screening at United Nations University in Dresden (Germany)
August 31 to September 4 : screening at : ALC Videoart Festival, Alicante (Spain)
September 2 to 6 : screening at FerFilm Festival, Ferizaj (Kosovo)
September 6 to 30 : screening at Dobra, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
September 11 to 19 : screening at Simultan Festival, Timisoara (Romania)
September 18 to 23 : screenings at Art Performing Festival, Naples (Italy)
September 18 to December 4 : screening at Torrance Art Museum, California (USA) - VideoWords
September 23 to 25 : screening at VAEFE, Tilburg (The Netherlands)
September 24 to 26 : screening at Ibrida Festival, Forli (Italy)
September 24 to October 15 : screenings at Journées de la Culture, Val-d'Or (Québec)
September 25 : conference at Journées de la Culture, Val-d'Or (Québec)
October 1st to 8 : screening at TIMELINE:BH#6, Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
October 2 to 17 : screening at Parcours de l'Art, Avignon (France)
November 14 to 20 : screening at FIVAC in Camaguey (Cuba)



BIOGRAPHY

Jean-Michel Rolland is a French artist born in 1972.

A long time a musician and a painter, he brings together his two passions - the sound and the image - in digital arts since 2010.
Through video art works, generative art, audiovisual performances and interactive installations, he questions the temporality, a genuine fourth dimension inherent to moving image, as well as the duality between his two favorite mediums, the sound and the visual.

His formal research is guided by the desire to reveal the intrinsic nature of our perceptual environment and to twist it to better give new realities to the world around us.

His works, always very experimental, are a reflection of the sometimes unexpected internal world of their author and are however the object of an important diffusion abroad. Several have been rewarded for their originality, by Digital Graffiti in Miami (USA), Multimatograf (Russia), dokumentART (Germany and Poland), the University of North Carolina (USA), Festival do Minuto (Brazil), Artaq (France), ArchiShorts (Canada) and The International Video Art Review (Poland).

Convinced that dematerialization of the digital arts is more a strength than a weakness, he leaves access to most of his productions on his website.



CONTACT
jimrolland13@gmail.com



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ARTIST STATEMENT
As a long time musician and painter, dissatisfied with the difficulty reconciling the practice of those two disciplines, I have devoted myself, since 2010, to digital arts. Thus my two favorite media meet: the sound and the image.

Through moving image in different forms (video art, generative art, audiovisual performances, interactive installations), I strive to reveal new realities in the world around me. I ruminate on the notion of temporality and the duality of digital arts: the interplay of the sound and the image.

Until 2016, the origin of each of my creations was music. It played a role as important as the image as they influenced each other in an equal relationship. This relation had to take place by natural complementarity (in video art, the constraint of never detaching the audio track from the video track from the initial shot), by co-construction (matching the audio to the video and vice versa as the main element of the creative process) or by cogeneration (in generative art, generation of sound and image by the same algorithms). It resulted in works in which sound and image were so inseparable that one without the other would have lost all meaning.

This period is not over yet, but due to intensive practice, other interests have emerged over time, especially the notion of duration. Unlike the traditional arts, the art of moving image has this fourth dimension which, as with the first three, is first of all to be mastered in order to deliver a coherent work, but which can also become fertile ground for experimentation when one tries to extract its essence.

The works which I described above were already very engaged with this problem, especially through the invented notion of rhythm'n'split where the moving image undergoes a visual but also temporal découpage in a musical logic. However, learning the Java language (which I primarily used to produce generative works of art and interactive installations) allowed me to understand temporality in new ways by giving me the power over the pixel. It is through this research on the succession of each point in each image of a film (or series of photographs) that my current works are based. The result includes videos in which the photographic trace is reintroduced, others which give a temporality to a succession of still images by different techniques, and others which are still to come.



RECENT PROJECTS

TRACES
Traces is a series of experimental videos that break free from the present moment.
The recent past of the chosen subject (and only this one) is kept on the screen to reveal its path.
The photographic trace, lost with the film, is thus reintroduced in video art to materialize the movement.
Following the example of Muybridge who, in 1878, had demonstrated through a chronophotography that the galloping horse never had all four legs in the air simultaneously, my videos highlight another aspect of the movement: its route through space.
In the absence of sufficient retinal persistence, the videos of Traces reveal an invisible reality: the course in time and space of a moving subject.
Videos of the project:
. Traces:Birds
. Traces:Waves
. Traces:Trees (series of 5 videos)
. Traces:Lights
. Le Ballon Rouge : compression
. Une Foule en Colère

PHOTOVIDEOGRAPHIES
Since January 2018, I have decided to reinvest the still image as a basic material for new audiovisual experiments aimed at demonstrating that video art, in its temporal dimension, can be based on snapshots.
Photographic art thus changes status to acquire a temporality in which it seems imperative to me to involve sound material.
The latter can be content to accompany the image to contribute to an atmosphere, but can also, conversely, be at the origin of the metamorphoses inflicted on the images.
These works are an important step in my artistic activity because they allow me to question, in an original and different way, my two favorite subjects which are the temporality of video art and the duality between sound and image.
The title of the project, "Photovideographies", is borrowed from Jean-Claude Chirollet, an art philosopher who, in his book L'Oil digital de l'art : les anachronismes numériques, uses it to qualify the monstration of classic works (paintings, sculptures ...) on digital media.
Although he uses it quite differently from what interests us here, the notion of anachronism that emerges from the two meanings of this portmanteau is very real.
Like total art, which wanted to bring together different arts from the same period in a live performance, it seems interesting to me to extend this notion to other artistic forms, but also to question the possible associations between the arts from different eras.
Videos of the project :
. Beijing Bicycles
. Nakamise-Dori
. Entropy:Sky
. Entropy:Boccadasse
. Entropy:Zellige
. Massacre
. Obsession
. Waste
. La Roue
. Little by Little
. Musical Landscapes (series of 5 videos)
INTERACTIVE ART
CONFIANCE


BODY INSTRUMENT II


BODY INSTRUMENT


HERTZIAN LABYRINTH


INDIAN GENERATIVE



INTERACTIVE VJING



GENERATIVE ART
MUSICAL CELLULAR
AUTOMATA


GENERATIVE MUSIC
PATTERNS


EPHEMERES


DISOBEDIENCE
Generative music


MELTING POT (Series)


BIOSPHERE


THE ENDLESS JOURNEY


INTERSTELLAR DANCE


EXCLUSION (Series)


DIGITAL OCULAR HARPSICHORD


DIGITAL HAIKUS


PRAIRIES


FOLLOWERS


DIGITAL BARBED WIRE



ART FOR ANDROID
PRODUCTIONS


DADA'S NOT DEAD



AUDIOVISUAL
PERFORMANCES

BRAIN MUSIC


RDV à New Delhi


THE UNKNOWN SKATER


THE GAP


LAMPEDUSA


ERROR SYSTEM


NEONS MELODY



INTERACTIVE
MULTIMEDIA NOVELS

LES MAITRES DU VAISSEAU


LA REVOLUTION DES TENEBRES


LE DERNIER HOMME



CREATIVE CODING
TEACHING THE CODE



DOCUMENTARIES
METZ EN IMMERSION


ALTER EGO 2014


ALTER EGO 2013