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Pascal Dombis

 

 

法國國立里昂應用科學學院主修工程科學學位,美國波士頓塔夫茨大學修習電腦藝術。現居住及創作於巴黎。出身工程及電腦科學的Pascal Dombis為法國知名數位藝術家,90年代開始利用電腦演算法作為創作手法,透過撰寫簡單的程式編碼,讓電腦進行重複性運算,操作不同變項而產出不同的視覺影像,透過立體光柵的疊合,作品呈現特殊未來感。Dombis有豐富的國際展覽經歷,包含巴黎大皇宮(Grand Palais)「藝術家與機器人」展,55屆威尼斯雙年展官方衛星展「Noise」,法國文化部於巴黎皇家宮殿(Palais Royal)委託客製現地計畫「Text(e)s~Fil(e)s」,巴黎白晝之夜(La nuit Blanche),義大利阿克里當代藝術博物館等。作品由台灣國巨基金會,布達佩斯美術館、日本大型企業Seiko Epson Corp. Canon Inc.,韓國大邱美術館等重要機構永久收藏。

Dombis的創作深受美國文學家威廉.柏洛茲(William Burroughs)影響,柏洛茲創作使用的”Cut-Up”切割法,為重要的一種藝術實驗手法,將文本與圖片進行不同形式的切割與變形,再重新組合。Dombis選擇了柏洛茲在創作中探討文字與圖像之間關係的一些字句,如 ”Image is time”, “Image is trapped in word”, “Reality is a scanning pattern” 等,將這些文字或格言,以切割的形式加入作品。同時,他定期在Google上進行 “關於Google (meta-google)” 的圖像的搜尋,累積收集到的數百萬張的影像資料,有些關於Google行銷資訊,及未來網路推進發展的內容,有些則包含網路搜尋平台涉及監控議題的討論。Dombis將收集到的圖像大量地堆積排列,以立體光柵(Lenticular)的方式呈現,隨著觀眾身體的移動,動態、模糊、隨機的動態視覺,讓讀取這些圖像變得更加複雜,藉此討論數位時代中,數位演算、以及無法計數的數據資訊擴張,對現今社會的生活型態所帶來的影響。

圖像在歷史上早於文字之前被使用,身處數位科技之時,科技工具、大數據技術、人工智慧發展等,不僅影響未來也改變歷史,作為當代的藝術創作者,Dombis引用柏洛茲曾說”Image is Time”,圖像代表人們與時間的關係。利用演算法(Algorithms) 作為創作新媒材,創造新型態的藝術語言,也帶出數位時代圖像的閱讀及資訊的傳播隨時間演進,如何改變人類生活的思考。

Pascal Dombis, a French visual artist who explores such fields as language, noise, control, and irrationality, currently lives and works in Paris.. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Insa University in Lyon, France before settling on pursuing an artistic career. His decision to focus on art led him to Tufts University where he completed a series of computer art classes in 1987. Dombis’ works have been exhibited internationally and the artist is increasingly gaining recognition worldwide. He has been exhibited around the world, including Musée en Herbe in France, Museum Kunstpalast in Denmark, Velchev Art Museum in Bulgaria, The Page Gallery in South Korea and also the University of Georgia in the USA. Notably, Dombis has been commissioned to create monumental public works for the City of Perth, Australia and also the Ministry of Culture in France.

Over decades of his career, Dombis has been using computers and algorithms to generate elaborate repetitions of simple processes, which computationally reproduce geometric or typographical signs. Started as a painter, Dombis notes that his encounter with William Burroughs’s art was a key moment for his new investigations into digital art. The Cut-Up techniques developed by William Burroughs and Brion Gysin in the late 50s and 60s have opened new horizons for him. Burroughs was a writer, but he has a very peculiar and singular visual approach to words and language. His vision is also political: Cutting up a linear text at random into different parts and reassembling them into a new unpredictable and illogical “text” is not so far from what Dombis have been doing with algorithms and computers. By introducing the random factor in language, a new language emerges in confrontation with the control structures of the surrounding societies. To Dombis, Burroughs’s texts are a perfect echo to our era.

Dombis uses optical materials such as lenticular plates to revisit the way viewers look at things, and to question the very nature of images in the broad sense of the word. By using lenticular, it allows him to play with the viewer’s gaze. Depending on her/his position, the visual experience is never the same. The incessant circulation of images has made the way of looking at things more dynamic. Moreover, the lenticular material questions this new reading paradigm and brings about a physical and time-related experience. This de-structuring structures and irrational environments disturb, engage and inspire the viewer, posing fascinating paradoxes between the mechanical control and chaotic randomness that produce them.

To Dombis, it is up to living artists to hack the time lines imposed by digital systems, bots and other forms of Artificial Intelligence. As he once stated, “Questioning the world we live in, whatever its potentials or hazards, is definitely much more fun if we use the tools that it has designed itself.”

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019The Invisible Generation Galerie Pascal Janssens / Keyes Art MileJohannesburg – SA
2019Crackography Galerie Pascal JanssensGand - BE
2018IBU GalleryParis - FR
2017Perspectives Inversées Jardin du Palais-Royal & IBU GalleryParis - FR
2017Crack Time TZR GalerieDüsseldorf - DE
2017Time Is Time Was Espace Orenga de GafforyPatrimonio - FR
2017Image is TimeGalerie Pascal JanssensGand - BE
2016Reality is a Scanning Pattern, Stiftung Bartels Fondation, Basel - CHStiftung Bartels FondationBasel - CH
2015The Limits of ControlGalerie Pascal JanssensGand - BE
2015CONTROLTZR GalerieDüsseldorf - DE
2015Text(e)~Fil(e)sCité de la Mode et du DesignParis - FR (cat.)
2015The End(less)Budapest Art FactoryBudapest - HU
2014Mixed Grill(e)RAYGUN Art ProjectsToowoomba - AUS
2014Irrational GeometricsHolly HuntNew York - USA
2013Post-DigitalTZR GalerieDüsseldorf - DE
2013The End(less) Nuit Blanche Métro Gare de Lyon, Paris - FR
2013Glitch_StitchGalerie Pascal JanssensGand - BE
2012Extra_Vague, Galerie RX, Paris - FR Galerie RXParis - FR
2012Eurasia, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong - HK (cat.)The Cat Street GalleryHong Kong - HK (cat.)
2012Eurasia, TZR Galerie, Düsseldorf - DE (cat.) TZR GalerieDüsseldorf - DE (cat.)
2012Le Musée en Herbe, Paris - FRParis - FR
2012IBU Gallery, Paris – FRParis – FR
2011Gott ist Tot, Claudio Bottello Contemporary, Turin - IT Claudio Bottello ContemporaryTurin - IT
2011Pourquoi ?What_Next ?, Nuit Blanche, Saint-Eustache, Paris - FRNuit Blanche,Saint-EustacheParis - FR
2010Text(e)~Fil(e)s, Palais-Royal, Paris - FR (cat.)Palais-RoyalParis - FR (cat.)
2010IBU Gallery, Paris - FRParis - FR
2010EXCES I, The Page Gallery (Die Galerie), Seoul - KR (cat.)The Page Gallery (Die Galerie)Seoul - KR (cat.)
2010EXCES II, Wooson (Seok) Gallery, Daegu - KR (cat.)Wooson (Seok) GalleryDaegu - KR (cat.)
2009Image-Flux, Galerie RX, Paris - FR (cat.)Galerie RXParis - FR (cat.)
2009Time Spirals, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong - HK (cat.)The Cat Street GalleryHong Kong - HK (cat.)
2008Géométries Irrationnelles, Galerie municipale, Vitry-sur-Seine - FR (cat.) Galerie municipaleVitry-sur-Seine - FR (cat.)
2007BLINK, Artpool, Budapest - HU (cat.) ArtpoolBudapest - HU (cat.)
2007RRB, Espace Orenga de Gaffory, Patrimonio - FR Espace Orenga de GafforyPatrimonio - FR
2006tom1k, Hotel PamsMairie de PerpignanPerpignan - FR
2005SpamScape Maison PopulaireMontreuil - FR
2005Château de LinardieSenouillac - FR
2004Hyper-StructuresFort NapoléonLa Seyne-sur-Mer - FR (cat.)
2004Galerie Mabel SemmlerParis - FR (cat.)
2002Galerie Mabel SemmlerParis – FR
2001Galerie EOFParis – FR

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019The Invisible ManWood Street GalleriesPittsburgh – USA
2019Linha AtemporalDan GaleriaSão Paulo - BR
2019ArtJawsZurcher GalleryNew York - USA
2019Einsichten IVGalerie Hengevoss-DürkopHamburg - DE
2019Cape Town Art FaiGalerie Pascal JanssensCape Town - SA
2019SP-Arte Dan GaleriaSão Paulo - BR
2019Art ParisGalerie Hengevoss-DürkopParis – FR
2019WechselspielPforzheim GaleriePforzheim - DE
2019MutatioGarage AmelotParis - FR
2018Artistes & RobotsGrand PalaisParis - FR
2018Cape Town Art FairGalerie Pascal JanssensCape Town - SA
2018Carte BlancheGalerie Hengevoss-DürkopHamburg - DE
2018The End(less) / Exo Gallery EP7Paris - FR
2018KIAFThe Page GallerySeoul - KR
2018Carte Blanche Zeitgenössisch Institut FrançaisHamburg - DE
2017Cybernetic ConsciousnessItaú culturalSao Paulo - BR (cat.)
2017Modus Operandi The SociétéBruxelles - BE
2017InterferencesGalerie NmarinoParis - FR
2017Cape Town Art Fair Galerie Pascal JanssensCape Town - SA
2017Das Skulpturenprojekt Städtische GalerieVillingen-Schwenningen - DE
2017FNB JoburgArtFairGalerie Pascal JanssensJohannesburg - SA
2017VariationCité internationale des artsParis - FR
2017A bao a qouBamhausLuxembourg
2016MonochromweThe Société Bruxelles - BE
2016ConnectedCentrale for contemporary artBruxelles - BE (cat.)
2016Société de ServicePlateformeParis - FR
2016Cape Town Art FairGalerie Pascal JanssensCape Town - SA
2016InteractivoGalería OdalysMadrid - ES (cat.)
2016Summer ExhibitionGalerie Pascal JanssensGent - BE
2016Bizarro Galerie Frédéric CastaingParis - FR
2016RE-culture 4Agora ArgyriPATRAS - GR (cat.)
2016The End(less)Studio Abel14Paris – FR
2015Nel Blu dipinto di BluMuseum of Modern and Contemporary Art Acri - IT (cat.)
2015Perspectives Art Plural GallerySingapore
2015Ré-émergence La Maison Populaire Montreuil - FR (cat.)
2015Cine Retrospective Perth Cultural CentrePerth - AUS
2015ArtParisGalerie Pascal JanssensParis - FR
2015London Art15Galerie Pascal JanssensLondon - UK
2015VoltajeCentro Creativo TexturaBogotá - COL
2015Variation Espace des Blancs ManteauxParis, FR
2015The End(less)La Noche en BlancoBogotá - COL
2015Arte-ScienzaPalazzo CostanziTrieste, IT (cat.)
2014Art14Galerie Pascal JanssensLondon - UK
2014ArtParisGalerie Pascal JanssensParis - FR
2014Summer ShowGalerie Pascal JanssensGent - BE
2014PortraitGalerie RXParis - FR
2014Art TaipeiThe Cat Street Gallery Tapei - TW
2013NOISE5th Venice Biennale of Art (Collateral Event)Venise - IT (cat.)
2013Année Lenôtre Les Nouvelles Folies FrançaisesDomaine National de St-Germain-en-Laye - FR
2013Oltre il sublimeArt Space Luisi SpaTrieste - IT
2013Wonder Works The Cat Street GalleryHong Kong - HK
2013Plaisir, Galerie RX, Paris - FRGalerie RXParis - FR
2013Made in lightFondation VasarelyAix-en-Provence - FR
2013Made in light Fondation EDFParis - FR
2013Artshow BusanThe Page Gallery Busan - KR
2013Show Off, the Media Art Fair Galerie RXParis - FR
2013KIAF The Page GallerySeoul - KR
2012Schrift und BildMuseum KunstpalastDüsseldorf - DE
2012Won Ocean Neue Galerie GladbeckGladbeck – DE
2012PlaisirGalerie RXParis - FR
2012Update_4 Biennal iMALBruxelles - BE
2012Non & DigitalThe Central House of ArtistsMoscow - RU
2012Show Off the Media Art Fair Paris - FR
2012Autour du PsychedelismeGalerie JanosParis - FR
2011Hybrid Boy TZR GalerieDüsseldorf - DE
2011HK Art FairThe Cat Street GalleryHong Kong - HK
2011SOAFThe Page GallerySeoul - KR
2011Signal 8The Cat Street GalleryHong Kong - HK
2010Tou_R0se, TraverseTraverse, Centre BellegardeToulouse - FR
2010Salon Dessin ContemporainGalerie RXParis- FR
2010HK Art FairThe Cat Street GalleryHong Kong - HK
2010New EraGalerie RXParis - FR
2010ParatissimaClaudio Bottello ContemporaryTurin - IT
2009EcritureAbstractionGalerie RXParis - FR
2009HK Art FairThe Cat Street GalleryHong Kong - HK
2008Imaging by numbersBlock Museum Chicago - USA (cat.)
2008art.ficial 4.0 Instituto Itaú cultural Sao Paulo - BR (cat.)
2008Great wall of OaklandOakland - USA
2008Videoholica 08Velchev Art MuseumVarna - BU
2008Signal 8The Cat Street Gallery Hong Kong - HK
2007TraverseCentre Bellegarde Toulouse - FR (cat.)
2007Victory Media Network Dallas - USA
2007Slought in BerlinGalerie Heike CurtzBerlin - DE
2007SlickGalerie NumeriscausaParis - FR
2006Almost ArtSlought FundationPhiladelphia - USA
2006Process RevealedArtpoolBudapest - HU
2006TrampolineBroadway Media CentreNottingham - UK
2005Espace Recherches / DesignLab Salon du Meuble Paris - FR
2005Nuit d’Art Place Saint SulpiceParis - FR
2004PlasticitéGalerie Mabel SemmlerParis - FR
2004Generative Art ConferenceMilan - IT
2004International Festival of Electronic Art 404Rosario - AR
2004Canon Digital Creator AwardNew York - USA
2003Canon Digital Creator AwardSpiral galleryTokyo - JP (cat.)
2002Espace CardinParis - FR
2000Le temps fractal Galerie XippasParis - FR (cat.)
2000Universal Concepts UnlimitedNew York - USA
1999FractalisationsVilla Tamaris La Seyne-sur-Mer - FR (cat.)
1999FractalisationsAbbaye de RoncerayAngers - FR
1999Habiter les réseaux Galerie de l’école des Beaux-ArtsMetz - FR
1999Centre Culturel FrançaisTurin - IT
1997Fractal ArtFondation Ricard Paris - FR (cat.)
1997FractalPalazzo Economo Trieste - IT
1997Zoom, Visual Arts GalleryPurchase CollegeNew York - USA (cat.)
1997Caos VertiginosoGalleria CruceMadrid - SP
1996MicrocosmosUniversity of GeorgiaAthens - USA
1996Vous avez dit FractalMusée, Médiathèque, Le Parefeuille, Enclos de la SourceUzès - FR
1996ModernitaPalazzo Bricherasio Turin - IT (cat.)
1995Galerie ArxTurin - IT (cat.)
1995Art Fractal, Galerie AngleGalerie AngleSaint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux - FR
1994Ars Electronica (Honorary Mention)Linz - AT (cat.)
1993Salon de MontrougeMontrouge - FR (cat.)
1991Salon de MontrougeMontrouge - FR (cat.)
1991Jeune PeintureParis - FR (cat.)
1990Jeune PeintureParis - FR (cat.)
1988Multi Media Art GalleryNew York - US
1988Plan de Travail, Lyon FR
1986Plan de Travail, Lyon FR

Selected Collections

Daegu Art Museum, Daegu, KR
Ville de Vitry-sur-Seine - FR
Musée des Beaux Arts, Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest - HU
Seiko Epson Corp. - JP
Canon Inc. - JP
Victory Arts Collection - USA
Block Museum, Chicago - USA
Fondazione Palazzo Bricherasio - IT
Yageo Foundation - TW

Publications

2018Pascal Dombis MonographSupernova éditions
2018L’art au-delà du digitalDominique Moulonéditions Scala
2018Artistes & Robots, Laurence Bertrand DorléacJérôme Neutres Réunion des musées nationaux
2015Art et Numérique en résonanceDominique MoulonMaison populaire et les nouvelles éditions Scala
2015Mathematics and Art – A Cultural HistoryLynn GamwellPrinceton University Press
2014Géométrie de l’excès Michel VerlindenFocus Vif Express
2013Lettering Large The Art and Design of Monumental TypographySteven Heller & Mirko IlicThe Monacelli Press
2013Artpool – The Experimental Art Archive of East-Central EuropeArtpoolBudapest
2012A New Regime of ImagesChristine Buci-Glucksmann Art Absolument
2012Pascal Dombis’ Eurasia, Kay HeymerTZR GalerieDüsseldorf
2011CensorZipPipeline Magazine issue #24
2011Spigolature tra Venezia e la Francia Giancarlo Pagliassorevue Zeta
2010Aesthetics of Digital ArtSimon Erohin publisher: Aletheia (Russian)
2010Exces, Henri-François Debailleux Die GalerieSeoul
2009Art, Code, and the Engine of Change Paul HertzCAA Art Journal
2008Philosophie de l’ornement : D’Orient en OccidentChristine Buci-GlucksmannGalilée
2007From Technological to Virtual ArtFrank PopperMIT Press
2007SpamScape, Maria Maccotta et Pierre VermeerschMaria Maccotta et Pierre Vermeersch, La Re-VisiteTraverse, Toulousese
2007Dombis fait bonne impressionHenri-François DebailleuxLibération
2006Au-delà de la mélancolieChristine Buci-GlucksmannGalilée
2004La Main de l’HommeBlackhawkLa Seyne-sur-Mer
2002La folie du voirChristine Buci-GlucksmannGalilée
2002Pascal Dombis : Les peintures bien roulées de la computation Joseph Nechvatal
2002Dombis, des lignes à l’infini Henri-François DebailleuxLibération
2000L’art depuis 1945 Hervé GauvilleHazan

Public Art

2020Lujiazui HARBOUR CITYPascal Dombis & Gil Percal Shanghai, CN
2016Ecole Nationale d'Architecture de StrasbourgPercalDombis and Gil PercaFR
2015Kings SquarePascal Dombis and Gil PercalPerth, AUS