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Jean-Marc CHOMAZ is an artist physicist, director of research at the CNRS, professor at the École polytechnique, co-bearer of arts & sciences chair École polytechnique, École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs-PSL and the Carasso Foundation. He co-founded the Hydrodynamics laboratory of CNRS-École polytechnique which he chaired from 1990 to 2012, the laboratory of excellence Systems and Engineering of Paris Saclay University (LaSIPS), chaired from 2011 to 2019 and La Diagonale Paris Saclay in 2012. Alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he advises or has advised 31 PhD including 3 in art and co-authored more than 250 publications. He received the CNRS Silver Medal, 2007 and the Ampere Grand Prize of the Academy of Sciences, 2012, was appointed "Fellow" of the American Physical Society, 2001 and of the Euromech, 2018. His research concerns the dynamics of soap films, the theory of instability, the vortex breakdown, geophysical and stratified fluids, biomechanics and since 1992 arts & sciences.


As an artist, he created the installations Un chemin qui chemine, Time traces, Terra Bulla, triptic Une solution au problème de raréfaction du Temps Futur presented in Bogota, 2019, Passé, Anamorphose ,in Bourges contemporain 2021, Thousand shades of Green for OU\/ERT in 2019, Incipit Temporis, Silmarils, Veridis Sol  and wrote the poem series N56u3N4A published in the review Plastir. In collaboration with the Duo HeHe, he created Fleur de Lys, Domestic Disaster # 3, Planet Laboratory, and Absynth at the Nemo festival, 2018, with Anaïs Tondeur the exhibition Lost in Fathoms, 2014, with Ana Rewakowicz and Camille Duprat Misty Way and the Nephelograp, mist impression, 2017, with the choreographer Aniara Rodado, the installations Basic Transmutation and streamlines, 2016, with Evelina Domnitch & Dmitry Gelfand, Luminiferous drift, 2016 and ER=EPR at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2017, with Olga Flór, Conjonction and Alchimie de la couleur and with Anouk Daguin, Télescope d’intérieur. He founded with Laurent Karst and François-Eudes Chanfrault the collective Labofactory with the installations Infraespace, Fluxus, Wave, Exoplanet, 2080, Infinite, Redshift, Blackout, Soleil irrésolu presented in Amsterdam, Moscow, Paris, Boston, Berlin, Bogota, Atlanta.

Laurent KARST is an architect-designer, graduated from the Strasbourg School of Architecture and the Domus Academy of Milan in industrial design. Winner of the Villa Médicis prize in 1995 for a research on the use of industrial waste, he then worked in various international architecture agencies, notably with the Jean Nouvel agency. At the same time, he developed, in collaboration with Serge Eloire, architect, a series of sculptures immersed in the sea. Amphitrite I and a monumental project of cybernetic urban sculpture for the Compagnie Parisienne de Chauffage Urbain La Fontaine à vapeur du Gand Verre.  In 2006, he created Atelier 16 - architectures and develops small-scale architecture and design projects, with a particular attention for raw materials and their implementation, with a strong plastic and artistic imprint. Teaching at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Dijon in design and architecture, he created, in 2014, the Atelier de Recherche Art et Science around this rapprochement between the arts and sciences, which connects art and design students and researchers from the Faculty of Sciences in Dijon. Co-founder in 2005 of LABOFACTORY with the artist-physicist Jean-Marc Chomaz, he was from 2017 to 2019, in charge of developing teaching modules in Art and Science at the Ecole Polytechnique. At the same time, Laurent Karst has accompanied in design various start-ups supported by the X Novation center of the Ecole Polytechnique. In October 2021 he will defend a thesis at the Sorbonne for a research entitled "Art and Science Interfaces and Space Devices".

Laurent KARST est architecte designer, diplômé de l'École d'Architecture de Strasbourg et de la Domus Academy de Milan en design industriel. Lauréat du prix de la Villa Médicis en 1995 pour une recherche sur l'utilisation des déchets industriels, il travaille ensuite dans différentes agences internationales d'architecture, notamment au sein de l'agence Jean Nouvel. Parallèlement, il développe, en collaboration avec Serge Eloire, architecte, une série de sculptures immergées dans la mer. Amphitrite I et un projet monumental de sculpture urbaine cybernétique pour la Compagnie Parisienne de Chauffage Urbain La Fontaine à vapeur du Gand Verre.  En 2006, il crée Atelier 16 - architectures et développe des projets d'architecture à petite échelle et de design, avec une attention particulière pour les matériaux bruts et leur mise en œuvre, avec une forte empreinte plastique et artistique. Enseignant à l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Art de Dijon en design et architecture, il créé, en 2014, l’Atelier de Recherche Art et Science autour de ce rapprochement entre les arts et les sciences qui met en relation des étudiants en art et en design et des chercheurs de la Faculté des Sciences de Dijon. Co-fondateur en 2005 de LABOFACTORY avec l'artiste physicien Jean-Marc Chomaz, il a été de 2017 à 2019, chargé de mission à l'Ecole Polytechnique pour le développement de modules d'enseignements en Art et Science. En parallèle, Laurent Karst a accompagné en design différentes Start up portées par le centre X Novation de l'Ecole Polytechnique. En octobre 2021 il soutient une thèse à la Sorbonne pour une recherche sous l’intitulé “Interfaces art et science et dispositifs d’espace”.

Composer, orchestrator, researcher, Filippo FABBRI conceives the sound universe of films, theatre plays, contemporary art installations and events by focusing on the relationship between sound, space, body and mind. Born in 1980, he obtained a Bachelor of Computer Engineering in 2002 and a Masters in Systems Engineering in 2005 at La Sapienza University in Rome. He is particularly interested in micro-nanosystems and intelligent materials, obtaining in 2009 a doctorate in applied physics at the Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics of the École Polytechnique and, subsequently, a doctorate in Systems Engineering at the 'La Sapienza University in Rome. At the same time, he completed his piano studies, he studied musical composition and orchestration at the H. Berlioz Conservatory in Paris, and advanced music writing and composition techniques at CRR93 d'Aubervilliers.


Maître de Conférences at the University Paris-Saclay since 2010, he carries out his research in the fields of nanosciences and, more recently, in the fields of sound-art and immersive technologies. His interests include intelligent (nano) materials, synaesthetic interaction, adaptive acoustics, spatialization, object-based audio, sonification, augmented reality and art-science. He works particularly in the fields of contemporary art, with numerous exhibitions and workshops in France and abroad (Cité Internationale des Arts, Maisons des Métallos, Center G. Pompidou, Parc Floral, Stubbins Gallery (Atlanta, GA ), Ruskin School of Art (Oxford), etc.), theater, dance and film. As a pianist, multi-instrumentalist and sound artist, he has performed at various events on the national and international scene. He founded and directs the Professional License in “Sound and Image Techniques” at the IUT de Cachan and he created the new professional recording, filming and post-production studio “STAR” (Audiovisual Systems, Technologies and Networks) of the University of Paris-Saclay. An active member of the Labofactory collective, he has co-created new immersive musical art-science installations, such as "Exoplanets", ‘‘WaterDrums’’ and ‘‘Sky’’. As a pianist, saxophonist and sound artist, he has performed in various ensembles and events.

Gregory LOUIS is a singer- songwriter and musical performer. Graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole Normale Supérieure des Télécommunications, he finally turned to music at the end of his studies and embarked on a prolific and multifaceted career. He writes and produces film music, but also works on many projects in the record industry. For the past fifteen years, he has collaborated with renowned artists in the French electronic music scene, including Guy-Manuel de Homem, Christo (Daft Punk), Eric Chedeville (Crydamoure), Romain Tranchart (Modjo), Guillaume Atlan (The supermen Lovers), with whom he writes and produces works. At the same time, he created and produced within his music group "ESSS", which he founded, various electro-pop sounding music and video pieces.

More recently, he has been collaborating with the Labofactory collective on the works "Sound Stream", "Unsolved Sun" and "Sky" presented in various events in Paris and Berlin and gathered in 2018 for the inaugural exhibition of the Chaire art et science "Nous ne sommes pas le nombre que nous croyons être" at the Cité des Arts de Paris. For "Sound Stream" he designed an analog interface between sound and optical waves and composed the sound score with the composer Augustin Viard. More recently, he co-composed the sound part of the installation/performance "Water Drums" in close connection with the sensory imprint and its symbolism of the sound and optical device. He regularly performs in duo with composer and researcher Filippo Fabbri, most recently in Atlanta in 2019.

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