Combining arts and innovation, "Pléiades, Saint-Étienne Digital Arts Festival" invites us to discover digital arts in the heart of Saint-Étienne's city centre and among the city's iconic locations. Launched in 2019, the City of Saint-Étienne created the festival with the aim of revitalising the area and in particular the city centre and its shops. The festival is expanding for its third edition in 2022, with a high quality local, national and international programme.
The programme of the 3rd edition of "Pléiades, Saint-Étienne Digital Arts Festival" offers the discovery of original digital works installed in cultural locations, shops, vacant shops and heritage locations, inviting audiences into dialogue. Based on themes of new imaginaries, artificial intelligence and ecological awareness, digital artists and hybrid cultures from Saint Étienne, France and abroad echo the challenges of sustainable development.
Accessible to all, the festival highlights more than 35 works, installed in 30 locations in Saint-Étienne. This festival of committed artists invites audiences to reflect or contemplate, using interactive works, virtual reality or video mapping.
Focus on local digital arts creation
Place Jean Jaurès
The artists Jérémy Oury and Antoine Briot from the ARCAAN Collective present the installation Immersive, an abstract spatio-temporal space where a sequence of geometric forms are continuously reconfigured in symbiosis with the sound score.
Bourse du Travail
The artists Scenocosme (Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt) present the installation Vibrisses, an immersive and interactive sound and light work.
The artists also present Reliquiae Mirabilis, a co-creation with the artist Yosra Mojtahedi (Tehran, Iran).
La Femme à Barbe, rue L. Braille
The ARCAAN Collective presents the Drifting Dogs' Led Jacket, a work consisting of an augmented costume created for the stage performance by the artist Drifting Dogs.
The artist JL MAST presents Saint-Étienne 2071, a web app and exhibition of drawings in Virtual Reality based on Pop Culture. What will Saint-Étienne look like in 49 years? What technological developments will be incorporated into our daily lives?
La Pépinière, rue de la République
Lady Sapiens, the experience, a film by Camille Duvelleroy (Produced by Little Big Story) proposes a journey through time in the body of a female Sapiens. Plunged into the heart of an ancestral valley, you will meet an unforgettable Paleolithic hunter. She invites you to follow her into her clan.
The artist Valentin Aubert, 2022 alumni of the Saint-Étienne School of Art and Design (design option, media honours) presents the exhibition Industrial Reminiscence 1, which examines the collective memory of a disused steel factory in Saint-Étienne: Ascométal.
Mathilde Reynaud (ESADSE student), presents the work Manière Noire, an installation composed of two videos, between documentary and science fiction, around liminal beings, plants, whose existence is oriented according to the moon's glow.
Cyclorama - Ancienne École des Beaux-Arts
Duncan Demoulin-Noël, artist and Master's student, presents Prenez soin de nous, an interactive installation produced as part of the Master's degree in Digital Arts at the University of Saint Étienne.
The "Pléiades, Saint-Étienne Digital Arts Festival" programme will also include projects from Saint-Étienne:
- "Même pas peur d'être solidaires", a video-mapping and podcasting project carried out by the inhabitants of Beaulieu with the Beaulieu Social Centre.
- An augmented exhibition project carried out as part of the Cité Educative scheme for the Beaubrun/Tarentaize neighbourhood with the Saint-Étienne photographer Benoit Gomez Kane.
Residencies and co-production of works
The City of Saint-Étienne also wishes to participate in the development of artistic creation through the co-production of works and artists' residencies, notably via its new cultural facility La Comète.
The artist Jean Baptiste Cognet, supported by the SCAN fund (Aura), presents Regular after his residency at La Comète, an immersive audiovisual performance combining music, video and light.
Justine Emard and Jean-Emmanuel Rosnet will be in residence at l'Usine to finalise their new creation Live Dream, an experimental installation that aims to immerse audiences in the enigmatic world of altered states of consciousness.
As part of their renewed partnership for the period 2022-2024, the Institut français and the City of Saint-Étienne have decided to make digital creation a priority in order to strengthen the digital creative sector in Saint-Étienne and to give visibility to the region's events and highlights. "Pléiades, Saint-Étienne Digital Arts Festival" is fully in line with this objective and the Institut français wishes to support its international outlook.
For the 3rd edition of "Pléiades, Saint-Étienne Digital Arts Festival", the city of Saint-Étienne is offering an opportunity for professional exchange between the stakeholders of the hybrid and digital culture sector in Saint-Étienne. It is a forum dedicated to artists, students, cultural venues, associations, operators and project leaders who will have the opportunity to discuss the way the ecosystem is structured. Within the framework of the round table entitled "inventory of the digital sector and hybrid arts in the Saint-Étienne metropolis" and the participative workshop "setting up and structuring digital projects on a regional and national scale", these stakeholders will be put in contact with operators with a regional, national and international influence in order to offer them support in developing their project.
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