L'Agence du doute - Grégory Chatonsky - Cindy Coutant - Arnaud Dezoteux - Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth - Lauren Huret - Charlie Malgat - Samir Mougas

France électronique
09.21.18 - 10.21.18
Group Exhibition — institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse



© André Martin, Philippe Queau / Ina / Sogitec

Commissaire : Jill Gasparina

France électronique takes an interest in France's visual arts' electronic imaginary by placing side by side two periods (1977-1989/today).

Whether this brings to mind certain television shows' opening titles – so often watched and yet removed from our mental radars – or a set of musical productions that don't fit into the dominant history of popular culture, we come to the idea that there is a specifically French way of bonding with this electronic culture.

Like Vasarely, who collaborated with IBM to develop an abstract image synthesizer or Nicholas Schöffer who rethought art and the city through cybernetic inspiration. The research led on this electronic culture immerses one in a country obsessed with technical progress, where a synthetic culture that crosses over music and design as much as the technology then referred to by the dated term "telematic” is developed. The 1980's are a great futuristic moment in culture's history, having been witness to the development of networks, 3D animation, computer-generated imagery, electronic music.

France électronique is a double exhibition, structured around the juxtaposition of two periods: “The Synthetic Years” (1977-1989) and “Artificial imagination”. “The Synthetic Years” brings together works made by means of computers as well as a set of audio-visual documents that showcase the broadcasting of technological ideals. “Artificial Imagination” presents creations produced specifically for the exhibition that are oriented towards what machines do to imagination and illustrate the disappearance of distinction between digital and visual art in the work of today's artists.


Born in 1971 in Paris, Grégory Chatonsky lives and works between Paris and Montréal.

Born in 1984 in Vitry-surSeine, Cindy Coutant lives and works in France.

Born in 1987 in Bayonne, Arnaud Dezoteux lives and works in Paris.

Born in 1978 in Grenoble, Nicolas Garait-Leavenworth lives and works in Lyon.

Born in 1990 in Bergerac, Charlie Malgat lives and works in Paris.

Born in 1980 in Muret, Samir Mougas lives and works in Rennes.

Founded in 2010 by Brice Domingues, Jérôme Dupeyrat and Catherine Guiral, the agence du doute — in the context of "France électronique", and in particular of "Les années synthèses" — was joined by display designer Camille Platevoet and graphic designer Maxime Delavet.

Exhibition realised in partnership with isdaT – institut supérieur des arts de Toulouse and with the collaboration of the Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA).

The works and audio-visual documents from the "Synthetic Years" period come from the Pierre Hénon / EnsadLab, INA, and artists and creators funds. Dominique Belloir, Michel Bret, Robert Cahen , Joëlle de la Casinière, Gilbert Comparetti, Agnès Dorval , Daniel Fauchon , Michel François, Michaël Gaumnitz, Véronique Goyo, Francis Grosjean, Hervé Huitric, Jerzy Kular , Jerôme Lefdup , Pat Le Guen, Les maîtres du monde, André Martin, Yann Minh, Jean-Paul Musso , Monique Nahas, Xavier Nicolas, David Niles, Kiki Picasso, François Pecnard, Philippe Quéau, Pascal Roulin and Pierre Schaeffer are the directors and authors.


As part of the Mardis de l'INA, curator Jill Gasparina has been invited to present the exhibition. She will illustrate the question of the history of computer-created imagery in France supported by archives from the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel. 18 September at 6pm in the Grand Auditorium at Médiatheque José-Cabanis.