GIFF: The Eye and I – Jean-Michel Jarre & Hsin-Chien Huang

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“The Eye and I” will be presented as a world premiere in the Virtual Territories immersive park throughout the GIFF event (November 3 – 12).

“The Eye and I” is an immersive production, created in collaboration between with Taiwanese artist Hsin-Chien Huang and Jean-Michel Jarre.

Drawing on the original meaning of the word “surveillance”, which once referred to “eyes in the sky”, this collective immersive experience looks at the omnipresence of this phenomenon in contemporary society. This installation is arranged in 12 rooms/cells with a panopticon structure – a set-up which allows those in control to see without being seen; this enables spectators to explore the history and development of virtual and physical surveillance in the 21st century, as used generally in society and specifically in institutions.

The 29th edition of the Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF, November 3 – 12) will pay tribute to the legendary composer, performer, producer and creator of immersive Experiences, Jean-Michel Jarre. He will be presented with the Film & Beyond Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music and the digital arts, and will be giving a masterclass (November 7).

Hsin-Chien Huang is a New Media Creator with backgrounds in art, design, engineering, and electronic gaming. His career endeavors explore the possibilities of cutting-edge technologies in art, literature, design, and stage performance. In recent years, Huang’s revolutionary VR works have attracted international attention and won a variety of awards. His VR film Chalkroom, made in collaboration with Laurie Anderson, won the Best VR Experience Award at the 74th Venice Film Festival in 2017.

Bodyless won an Honorable Mention at the 2020 Ars Electronica Festival and the Golden Mask at the Newimages Festival in Paris. His work Samsara won the Jury Award at the Texas SXSW Festival in the United States, Grand Prize for the Best VR Narrative at the Cannes Film Festival XR category and Honorary Mention in the Computer Animation category at Prix Ars Electronica.

Read TechvangArt interview with Hsin-Chien Huang about Bodyless here:

Read TechVangArt review about Samsara, here:

Jean-Michel Jarre, A visonary artist at the cutting edge of new technologies

A visionary artist and a key figure in electronic music, Jean-Michel Jarre has distinguished himself throughout his career with his avant-garde vision of art and his keen interest in new technologies. His musical career began in the 70s alongside pioneers such as Pierre Schaeffer and he has gone on to sell over 85 million albums worldwide, establishing his status as a master of the genre. Jean-Michel Jarre has made his mark on the music industry with memorable works such as the legendary album Oxygène and his many extraordinary concerts. His creativity is also closely linked to his exploration of new trends in technology (such as AI and the metaverse). He has excelled in the production of spectacular audiovisual experiences, producing concerts in the metaverse and creating immersive works. In 2022, he was appointed Chairman of the new “immersive creation” commission of the National Centre of Cinematography and Animated Pictures (Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée [CNC]), created to encourage the emergence of immersive works in France. As part of the GIFF, Jean-Michel will talk about his extraordinary career and his interest in new technologies in a public masterclass on November 7.

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Each year, the Film & Beyond Award presents an interdisciplinary artist with a Lifetime Achievement award. Jean-Michel Jarre is the latest recipient of this award, which has previously been presented to Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2016), Abel Ferrara (2017), Peter Greenaway (2018), Park Chan-wook (2019), Woodkid (2020), Riad Sattouf (2021) and Alexandre Astier (2022).

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A coproduction EDDA, IN ART Gallery and France Television, presented with sponsorship from MSI France and PICO XR France. With financing support from Taiwan Creative COntent Agency (TAICCA) and Centre national du cinema et de l’image animee (CNC)

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