Jean-Michel Rolland


Jean-Michel Rolland is a French artist born in 1972.
A long time a musician and a painter, he brings together his two passions -the sound and the image -in digital arts since 2010. Through video art works, generative art, audiovisual performances and interactive installations, he questions the temporality, a genuinefourth dimension inherent to movingimage, as well as the duality between his two favorite mediums, the sound and the visual. His formal research is guided by the desire to reveal the intrinsic nature of our perceptual environment and to twist it to better give new realities to the world around us.
His works, always very experimental, are a reflection of the sometimes unexpected internal world of their author and are however the object of an important diffusion abroad. Several have been rewarded for their originality, by Digital Graffiti in Miami (USA), Multimatograf (Russia), dokumentART (Germany and Poland), the University of North Carolina (USA), Festival do Minuto (Brazil), Artaq (France) and The International Video Art Review (Poland).Convinced that dematerialization of the digital arts is more a strength than a weakness, he leaves access to most of his productions.

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MASSACRE - 4:28, 2019

17 photographs found on the Internet are reworked to deliver a personal vision of bullfighting.
This artistic documentary where the red color, the color of blood, is omnipresent deliberately ignores the presumed beauty of the gesture to focus on the barbarism of this outdated practice.

TRACES:LIGHTS - 3:18, 2019

Audiovisual experimentation from a video filmed by car, by night in Beijing.
Uncontrolled movements of the camera are used to give a new reality to the lights of the night.
The music is generated by the variations of the total brightness on the screen.

TRACES:BIRDS, 1', 2018

November in Marseille, starlings gather on a crane before their big departure to Africa.
The photographic trace, lost with the film, is here reinvented to show the flight of birds under a new aspect.
Will their freedom of movement forever remain a distant dream for humanity?

TRACES:WAVES, 4:46, 2018

The photographic trace, lost with the film, is here reinvented to show the waves of a sea in fury under a new aspect.
This video aims to free itself from the immediacy of reality by adding the near past to the present moment, thus highlighting the cause-and-effect relationships that govern the world.