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Yannick Jacquet has spent ten years developing an visual arts project exploring how to reverse the deterioration inherent in our exchanges with the world.

His process of visual creation draws on structural elements as disparate as the architecture of the Centre Pompidou-Metz and a Ravel string quartet. While the precise stratagem may vary, from the spectacular to the intimate, each undertaking is always rooted in the concept of resilience. This is art haunted by a discourse on the end of time. Jacquet makes no mystery of it. He invokes parallels with the Belgian artist Berlinde de Bruyckere's work on mutations in living matter, the Japanese Ryoichi Kurokawa's stellar visions, and his fellow Swiss artist Jean Tinguely's sardonic laugh and his 1960s machines designed to self-destruct.

The installation Mécaniques Discursives, created in 2013 in collaboration with the artist and engraver Fred Penelle, is something of an artist's manifesto. A step in the dark. Sonar, alarms, and radio frequencies resonate in the shifting glow of vectorial impulses and cut-out silhouettes that reference pop culture. Yet the experience challenges expectations. The electronic signals lead nowhere. The sounds and figures have no referent beyond themselves. The message fails in transmission. Yannick Jacquet developed a subtle kinesthetic method that strips the viewer of his conditioning via an immersive process. 2016 has seen the creation of the generative work Flow on a floating building at the foot of the Alexandre III bridge in Paris. Jacquet's twofold research into color and the notions of time and natural cycles has led him to flesh out a new paradigm: slowness. Slowness as one possible path to the urgently needed restoration of sensibility.

Born in Geneva in 1980, Yannick Jacquet lives and works in Brussels. Media & plastic art artist, his work was presented at Contemporary art events, museums & galleries, in Paris, Moscow, Tokyo, Brussels, Montreal and Taiwan. He has received awards at the Milan Design Week and the collector's prize at Brussels Slick Art Fair.

His regular collaborations with different artists lead him to the Mécaniques Discursives work-in-progress, developed with the printmaker Fred Penelle, a project that is frequently exhibited in Europe and Asia. He is one of the founders of the Antivj visual label.


Conferences / Workshop

2016

  • Museo Del Design (Workshop) / Milano / I

2015

  • Montherey University (Workshop & conference) / Csu Summer Arts / Montherey / USA
  • Tama University (Workshop) / Tokyo / JP

2014

  • Institut français du Japon (Conference) / Tokyo / JP
  • Institut français du Kensai (Conference) / Kyoto / JP
  • Video Sound Art Festival (Workshop) / Milano / I

2013

  • EMAF Festival (Workshop) / Osnabrueck / D
  • Mira Festival (Conference) / Barcelona / ES

2012

  • See Conference #7 (Conference) / Wiesbaden / D

2009

  • Emagiciens (Conference) / Valenciennes / F

Awards

  • Winner of the Milano Design Week Tech Award as part of the Timescapes exhibition (2014)
  • Winner of the Art Collector's Prize - Slick Art fair 2013 / Brussels / B

Exhibitions / Projects  (Selected)

2016

  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / 10 Petits Belges sur la Montagne / Expo Dynastie
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Mont des Arts / Brussels / B 
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Puzzle / Thionville / F 
  • Entropy (art direction & stage design) / Today's Art / Den Haag /NL 
  • Elytre (installation) / Flow / Paris / F
  • Ressac (video & stage design) / Festival Les Beaux Jours / Biarritz / F 
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Perte de Signal / Montreal / CA 
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / L.E.V. festival / Gijon / ES 
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Jerusalem International Design week / Jerusalem / ISR 
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Blue Project Fondation / Barcelona / ES 
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Concordia Gallery / Enschede / NL 
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Semaine Digitale /  Cour Mably / Bordeaux / F 

2015

  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Nemo / Biennale Internationale Des Arts Numériques / Centquatre Paris / F
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Lille 3000, Renaissance / Maison Folie Moulins / Lille / F
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / I Belgi Barbari e Poeti / Vanderborght / Brussels / B
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Graphic Design Festival / Breda / NL
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Patch Lab / Gallery Bunkier Sztuki / Cracovie / PL
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / MACRO / Museum of conemporary art / Rome / IT
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / STRP / Eindhoven / NL
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / SAVE Festival / Moscow / RU
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / LUX / Valence / F

2014

  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Nuit Blanche Brussels / Brussels /B
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts / Taiwan
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Design Week / Milan / IT
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Digital Choc / Institut français du Japon / Tokyo / JP
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Atsuko Barouh Gallery / Tokyo / JP
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Institut français du Kensai / Kyoto / JP
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Le Bon Marché / Paris / F
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / LKFF Gallery / Brussels / B
  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Nuit Blanche / Brussels / B
  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Micro/Macro / Gare St Sauveur / Lille / F
  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Photography Playground / Berlin / D
  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Micro/Macro / Maubeuge / F
  • Cityscape 2095 (with Mandril and Thomas Vaquié) / Micro/Macro / Gare St Sauveur / Lille / F
  • Oedipe (video & stage design / Cie José Besprosvany) / Festival Internacional Cervantino / Guanajuato / Mexico / MX
  • Oedipe (video & stage design / Cie José Besprosvany) / International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama in Cyprus / CY

2013

  • Cityscape 2095 (with Mandril and Thomas Vaquié) / Sundance Film Festival / Park City / USA
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Mira Festival / Barcelona / ES
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Slick Art fair / Paris / F
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Nuit Blanche / Metz / F
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / LKFF Art & Sculpture Projects Gallery / Brussels / B
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Slick Art fair / Brussels / B
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / EMAF Festival / Osnabrueck / D
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Mirage Festival / Lyon / F
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Imal / Brussels / B
  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Berlin Atonal / Kraftwerk Berlin / Berlin / D
  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Mutek Mexico / Mexico / MX
  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Proyecta / Oaxaca / MX
  • Oedipe ( video & stage design / Cie José Besprosvany) / Théâtre Antoine Vitez / Ivry / F
  • Oedipe ( video & stage design / Cie José Besprosvany) / Théâtre Royal du Parc / Brussels / B

2012

  • Paleodiction (with Simon Geilfus and Thomas Vaquié) / Centre Pompidou / Metz / F
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Nemo Festival / Paris / F
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / ShinyToys Festival / Mülheim / D
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / ElectroniK Festival / Rennes / F
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Bozar Electronic Festival / Brussels / B
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Scopitone Festival/ Nantes / F
  • Mécaniques Discursives (with Fred Penelle) / Mapping Festival / Geneva / CH
  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Antigel Festival / Geneva / CH
  • Cityscape 2095 (with Mandril and Thomas Vaquié) / ElectroniK / Rennes / F
  • Cityscape 2095 (with Mandril and Thomas Vaquié) / Mapping Festival / Geneva / CH
  • Animal (stage design for equestrian choreography / Cie Arnaud Gillette) / Théâtre de Thalie / Montaigu / F
  • Animal (stage design for equestrian choreography / Cie Arnaud Gillette) / Théâtre National / La Roche-Sur-Yon / F
  • Intangible States (live audiovisual performance with Stray Dogs) / Transvizualia/ Gdynia, PL
  • Intangible States (live audiovisual performance with Stray Dogs) / De Werf/ Brugge / B

2011

  • Clair Obscure (with Thomas Vaquié and Simon Geilfus) / Collegiale de Neuchatel / Neuchatel / CH
  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Scopitone / Lieu Unique / Nantes / F
  • Intangible States (live audiovisual performance with Stray Dogs) / Mapping Festival/ Geneva / CH
  • Intangible States (live audiovisual performance with Stray Dogs) / Festival Interstice / Le Cargo / Caen / F
  • Intangible States (live audiovisual performance with Stray Dogs) / Domino Festival/ Ancienne Belgique / Brussels / B

2010

  • St-Gervais (with Thomas Vaquié and Diego Inocenzi) Temple de Saint Gervais / Mapping Festival / Geneva / CH
  • Intangible States (live audiovisual performance with Stray Dogs) / Kc nOna/ Mechelen / B
  • Intangible States (live audiovisual performance with Stray Dogs) / Plastic Festival/ brasseries Belle-Vue / Brussels / B
  • Intangible States (live audiovisual performance with Stray Dogs) / Almost Cinema Festival/ Vooruit / Ghent / B

2009

  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Yota Space / Saint Petersburg / RU
  • Songdo (with Joanie Lemercier, Olivier Ratsi, Romain Tardy and Thomas Vaquié) / New songdo city / KR

2008

  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Montpellier à 100% / Montpellier / F

2007

  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Image Radio / TAC / Eindhoven / NL
  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Mapping Fest. / BAC / Geneva / CH
  • 3Destruct (with Thomas Vaquié and Jérémie Peeters) / Biennale d’Art Contemporain. / Louvain la Neuve / B