Born in 1974 in Grenoble, France. Lives and works in Paris.
Will it be man or machine that has the last word? This is the question Julien Prévieux asks through his multidisciplinary work. As a keen observer of both individual and collective behaviors, as well as the systems that are increasingly governing the world, the artist examines society with a gaze that is both critical and filled with humor. At a time when social networks, software, and other applications are making individuals an ongoing field of analysis, and even, disturbingly, objects of control, the artist reveals the integral absurdities. The pirate-artist extracts motifs from codes, diagrams, algorithms, and other abstract, ostensibly academic drawings from society’s analytic systems, transforming them into sculptures, drawings, and other choreographies. Underlying all these strategies and calculations are the huge corporations of liberal capitalism, and it is their management policies that he aims at while calling for resistance. Winner of the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2014, the artist’s work is held in national collections and he regularly exhibits in institutions including the MAC Marseille in 2018. He has also created a number of performances, presented recently at the Ménagerie de Verre in Paris and STUK in Leuven. Internationally, his work has been seen in, among other, the biennials of Istanbul, Athens, and Timișoara.
Photo credit: © Adrien Thibault