"What is rising", a residency project by Gaspard and Sandra Bébié-Valérian

NOV - DEC
DALLAS, TX

French artists Gaspard and Sandra Bébié-Valérian, laureates of the 2015 American Residencies program of the Institut Français, are invited to CentralTrak, the University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, in November and December 2015.

Gaspard and Sandra Bébié-Valérian work together as Art-Act in the digital, electronic and media arts. The duo has collaborated since 2003 under this entity.

Their installations take on issues such as energy, food, freedom, health, natural and industrial resources. From their point of view, the merging of technology and modern life represents a strong paradigm of the constituent powers in our society. Experimenting and using the "game" as a way to open debates is an important production mode for the artists. They believe that this technology/pastime can be utilized to connect people to one another and to enable meaningful actions and contributions to the world’s problems.

Gaspard and Sandra Bébié-Valérian's residency project, What it rising, is an installation based on the earthquake idea, extended to tsunami, accident, radical transformation of a place, an environment.
The earthquake, transcribed on paper reels and as graphs, will be used as an element of sound and sensory composition. It will consist of employing seismographs, these measuring devices used to record
tectonic plates motions. Like a score, the drawings will be triggers, components of a sound creation and will lead to electroacoustic recordings made on the territory of the residency itself.
All of this composition will be linked and structured by a narration, a voice-over telling a story, various characters and a storyline. The scenario will take place in the heart of the state of Texas, which recorded an incredible number of earthquakes, in recent years, caused by intensive extraction of shale gas.

CentralTrak in Dallas provides space for eight artists to live, work and exhibit, and serves as a community center for broad intellectual discourse around the arts.


Both Gaspard and Sandra Bébié-Valérian hold Masters of Fine Arts degrees from Perpignan (2002), Marseille and Toulon (2004) schools of Fine Arts, as well as Masters of Research in Aesthetics (2006) from the University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour.

Major exhibitions include SKOL-Montreal, CEAAC, Gamerz festival, Pancevo biennial, CAPC Bordeaux, Labomedia, DELCO, MLIS, Aperto gallery.  The artists regularly contribute to French specialised publications in digital arts and have edited several catalogs and essays. They operate a digital art organization and work as curators as well.

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