Jean-Michel Rolland

Jean-Michel Rolland

1972 | Aix-en-Provence, France.

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A musician and a painter for a long time, I focus on digital art to make my two favourite medium meet: sound and image.

At the origin of each of my creations, musicality plays a role as important as image does and each one influences the other in an assumed relationship of co-presence. This relationship can operate by natural complementarity, by co-construction or by co-generation.

The result is a series of videos, audiovisual performances, generative animations, interactive installations and VJ sets where sound and image are so inseparable that the one without the other would lose its meaning.

In video art, my technique consists in shooting sequences where sound and image have already the same importance. The strong constraint of my approach is to never split them apart but on the contrary to play on their perceptive complementarity to issue new realities out of them.

My works have been rewarded several times (3rd place award at Sustainability Shorts Film Competition (USA 2015), 3rd place award in Video Art section at Multimatograf (Russia 2014), Award of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation, 22 DokumentART (Germany and Poland 2013), 2nd place award at Sustainability Shorts Film Competition (USA 2013), The Five Best Videos of The International Video Art Review THE 01 (Poland 2013), most innovative work prize at Digital Graffiti (USA 2012) and mention from the jury at Artaq (France 2012).

Lives in Marseille, France.

Balls & Cues
PyR 2011