Emilie Brout & Maxime Marion
© Emilie Brout & Maxime Marion

Emilie Brout & Maxime Marion - An artist duo featured on the "Escape" exhibition

We wanted to create a new format that would challenge the networking paradigm, which is replacing the hierarchy paradigm and which has the effect of rendering everything modular, of levelling everything out.

The work of this artist couple, who like to stage their intimate lives in the internet age, is presented in the travelling exhibition Escape, a journey to the heart of digital cultures. On the occasion of the Novembre Numérique 2022 programme, coordinated worldwide by the French Institute, the exhibition is scheduled in many establishments of the French cultural network abroad. 

Updated on 10/11/2022

5 min

Both hailing from the east of France, Emilie Brout and Maxime Marion studied at the National School of Art and Design of Nancy and the ESA art school in Aix-en-Provence, before both joining the Ensad Lab at the Arts Décoratifs art school in Paris. Sharing a fascination for new digital technologies and a common desire to question their ideological and aesthetic stakes, they began working as a duo. Represented in Paris in the 22,48m2 gallery, their work has been included in the collections of the FRAC Ile-de-France and the François Schneider Foundation, and has also been exhibited at the Palais de Tokyo, the Gaîté Lyrique, the BANFF Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Louvre auditorium. Their approach involves different forms of appropriation: using collections of images available online, they seek to question the relationship we have with their networking and seriality. 

Whether they are reconstructing scenes from the film The Shining using Google Earth's online tools (Google Earth Movies, 2009), or developing algorithms for generative cinema on the theme of water (Dérives, 2014), Emilie Brout and Maxime Marion are interested in questioning the nature of images at a time when they are being disseminated on the web. Through the Copie Copain Club group, whose name refers to the different licenses that govern image rights on the Internet, they humorously question the notions of authorship and reproduction in the age of the Internet. In the series Ghost of your Souvenir (2014), presented in the Escape, a journey to the heart of digital cultures exhibition of the French Institute, they experimented with the photobombing technique to embed themselves in tourists' self-portraits intended for Instagram, before trying to find these images on social media. 

In their recent film, A Truly Shared Love, the artist duo chose to stage their life as a couple using the conventions of stock videos, the stereotypical clips available for sale on the Internet and intended for advertising. The result is a melancholic reflection on the way private and public space, the intimate sphere and the sphere of work, interpenetrate within a new capitalist way of life, characterised by the networking of its actors. Winner of the Arte Laguna and Talent Contemporain awards from the François Schneide Foundation, and regularly exhibited internationally, the work of Emilie Brout and Maxime Marion can also be seen in the travelling exhibition Escape, in various locations of the French cultural network abroad as part of November Numérique 2022

  • 2009


    Google Earth Movies.

  • 2013


    Fondation, with Caroline Delieutraz, of the Copie Copain Club collective.

  • 2014


    Ghost of Your Souvenir, or the art of photobombing.

  • 2014


    Nakamoto (The Proof), dedicated to the mysterious inventor of bitcoin.

  • 2018


    A Truly Shared Love.

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