One year ago I had a terrific conversation with French artist Donatien Aubert entitled :“MATRIX – A trip in Generative art with crystals, flakes and galaxies”. Donatien Aubert is the prodigious talent of ENSAPC, the National HigherSchool of Arts of Paris-Cergy. His practice is developed from digital tools: CAD Computer Aided Design, animation, rendered three-dimensional models, computer programs at large. From this, he creates new works: interactive installations, sculptures, videos, photos.
Avid reader of contemporary authors about converging technologies (nanotechnology, genetic engineering, information technology and cognitive technologies), such asJeremy Rifkin and Francis Fukuyama, he structures his original researches in epistemology, logic, art of memory, science fiction, speculative philosophy, ethics and ecology.
The thesis offered by various futurists, like the transhumanist Raymond Kurzweil, that humanity, through the above-mentioned technologies, could decide about its evolution seems more and more plausible. Changing our empathetic nature, our need for recognition would change our ethics and could therefore destabilize the political systems in which we live.
After one year, my critical text of his work: “The Infinite Possibilities of Modularity”, 2013, AV, Université Cergy-Pontoise, Paris, has been published. Donatien Aubert deploys a proteiform work which discovery can be accomplished by exploring a field of knowledge that engages in crystallography, molecular structures, and cosmology.
In this critique I focused my remarks inspired by Aranda/Lasch’s modular designs, particularly by examining the modular aspect of the structures that have interested Donatien Aubert, and unlimited capacity configurations that are likely to occupy these crystalline formations.
Donatien Aubert’s work takes the form of experimental research, bringing together contemporary scientific, epistemological and artistic issues. He develops projects from complex IT processes to articulate his ontological questions problematizing his demonstrations areas. Each project includes material that qualify space singularly, searching for new possibilities of modularity.