Thomas Charvériat

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Thomas Charvériat
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Thomas Charvériat, Shanghai 2009
Born Thomas Harron Charvériat
(1974-03-07) March 7, 1974 (age 40)
Paris
Nationality  France
Education Tulane University in New Orleans, School of Visual Arts in New York, Columbia University in New York, The Audiovisual Institute (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) in Barcelona
Known for Electronic Art, Digital Art, New Media Art
Awards The Joan Sovern Award for Excellence and Distinction in Sculpture, The Annette Kade Charitable Trust Fellowship

Thomas Charvériat (born 1974) is an artist, curator and art director.

Biography[edit]

Life[edit]

Thomas Charvériat was born in Paris and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography in 1998, and pursued graduate coursework at Columbia University, receiving a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture in 2000. His teachers at Columbia University included Jon Kessler and Ronald Jones.
Later, he moved to Barcelona where he obtained a Master in Digital Arts with honors from the Audiovisual Institute (Pompeu Fabra university). Currently, Thomas Charvériat lives and works in Shanghai.

Career as Artist[edit]

As an artist, Thomas is known for his work utilizing LED, video, GSM modules, SMS, light sensors, sound and humor that interact with the spectator, and putting together everyday objects to generate interactive and entertaining works.[1] A review in Eurasia One writes that "Style and wit are combined to create a playful, visual, auditory and kinesthetic experience."[2] He has exhibited in Paris, Rome, New York and Shanghai among other cities.[3]

Notable Works[edit]

The Return Policy Project was a year-long exploration into the consumer’s dependency on electronic products in 2000. The name came from the method of using return policies to put the products back into circulation once the electronics had been altered. The idea was to affect a person's life by affecting the objects which the particular life was based or built around.[4] The project is reminiscent of the work by the Barbie Liberation Organization, a group of artists that purchased talking Barbie dolls, opened them, altered them, and returned them to stores to be bought by an unsuspecting shopper, in order to play with the relationship between consumer and product.[5][6]

Career as Curator[edit]

Charvériat is the founder of Liu Dao, an internationally recognized art collective including artists and engineers whose collaboration is dedicated to the development of a technological platform for the future benefit of the artist community.[7] The philosophy of the collectives is to create originality from the benefit of dialogue and collaboration among young artists, thereby rising above work that is solely commercial or overly derivative.[8] Through communication between the curator, art director and artists of Liu Dao, an exhibition subject is chosen and developed as inspiration for each artwork in a Liu Dao exhibition.[9]

His curatorial aim is to promote the use of technology and interactivity in art. Charvériat is the director of island6 Arts Center in Shanghai and Montcada5 in Barcelona, two not-for-profit ventures dedicated to promoting emerging artists.[10] Since 2004, his organizations have supported 250 artists and helped in the creation and realization of 1400 projects through a growing technical consultancy laboratory and a unique and intensive art production residency program.[11] Charvériat also encourages young artists to work together as a way of developing non-egocentric identities that help them stand out from the enormous number of artists in the world in order to break though competition barriers in the art profession.[12]

Selected Exhibitions (as artist)[edit]

Year Title Venue Location
2010 Libido, Mortido island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2010 Fakirs island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2009 Placebo island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2009 30 Degrees island6 Arts Center and Studio Rouge Shanghai, China
2009 Synesthesia island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2009 Individual: New Art from Beyond Beijing Red Gate Gallery Beijing, China
2009 LEDs animés Galerie Twenty-One [1] Paris, France
2009 Art Paris (art fair) represented by Galerie Loft Grand Palais [2] Paris, France
2009 The Artist Died Yesterday island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2008 Automata island6 Arts Center and ifa gallery Shanghai, China
2008 Urban Lust island6 Arts Center and ifa gallery Shanghai, China
2008 Quadrare il Cerchio Allegra Ravizza Art Project [3] Milan, Italy
2008 Clouds of Crowds island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2008 Roma Contemporary Art (art fair) represented by Mana.art Palazzo dei Congressi Roma, Italy
2008 PlugIT Blue Lotus Gallery [4] Fotan, Hong-Kong
2008 Made in Shanghai island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2008 Made in China island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2008 Chinese Mingong, Thoughts on Contemporary China ifa gallery Shanghai, China
2007 Fernelmont Contemporary Art (Festival) Château de Fernelmont [5] Château de Fernelmont, Belgium
2007 Eurasia One island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2007 Nuit Blanche (first Asian edition) Shanghai Exhibition Center Shanghai, China
2007 Remote/Control curated by Wenny Teo and Ella Liao Museum of Contemporary Art [6] Shanghai, China
2007 Bits, Bytes and Pixels ifa gallery Shanghai, China
2006 Forward/Backward and Reloading island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2006 Invisible Layers, Electric Cities island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2006 Transhallucinogenetic (Curated by Coldcreation) Ciudadela de Pamplona, sala del Polvorín Pamplona, Spain
2005 Art Futura[7] Mercat de les Flors, [8] Barcelona, Spain
2005 Real Time Ram Foundation Rotterdam, The Netherlands
2004 Observatori 2004 (Curated by Coldcreation) City of Arts and Sciences Valencia, Spain
2003 Coldcreation opening exhibition Coldcreation Gallery Barcelona, Spain

Selected Exhibitions (as curator)[edit]

Year Title Venue Location
2010 Absolute 0:00 [9] co-curated by Pete Bradt island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2010 Psychic Apparatus [10] island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2010 Libido, Mortido [11] co-curated by Zane Mellupe island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2010 Fakirs [12] co-curated by Zane Mellupe island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2009 Placebo [13] co-curated by Zane Mellupe island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2009 Synesthesia [14] island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2008 Clouds of Crowds [15] island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2008 PlugIT [16] Blue Lotus Gallery [17] Fotan, Hong-Kong
2007 Bits, Bytes and Pixels [18] ifa gallery Shanghai, China
2006 Getting Along [19] co-curated by David Estes island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2006 Forward/Backward and Reloading [20] island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China

Selected Exhibitions (as art director)[edit]

Year Title Venue Location
2013 Melted Paraffin Wax island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2013 "In Search of Nostalgia" island6 Hong Kong Hong Kong
2013 island6 Bund Grand Opening island6 Bund
2013 Through The Wormhole island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2013 "Overload: A Tale Of Officide" island6 Hong Kong Hong Kong
2013 Sydney Contemporary Carriageworks Australia
2013 Temporal Visions island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2013 Medina 50 island6 ShGarden Shanghai
2013 "The Art of Wu Wei" island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2013 "Metropolis Rises" Red Gate Gallery Beijing
2013 "The Beauty of Xiao Yao" Lotus Arts de Vivre Bangkok
2013 "Modus Operandi" 1O Design Hong Kong
2013 "Urban Operandi" island6 Hong Kong Hong Kong
2013 "Body-City-Mechanism" island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2013 "The Art of Wu Wei" Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok
2013 "Need.Want.Hunt." island6 Hong Kong Hong Kong
2013 "Ménagerie à trois" Red Door Shanghai
2013 "Need, Want, Hunt" island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2012 "The Cat That Eats Diodes" Hong Kong island6 Hong Kong Hong Kong
2012 The Cat That Eats Diodes island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2012 The Secret Collection of Yüan Meng Ch'ien island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2012 "island of Oddities: The Yüan Meng Ch'ien Collection" island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2012 Dripping With Aurum island6 Hong Kong Hong Kong
2012 island6 for Chivas Collective Three On The Bund Shanghai
2012 Them That Glide Past Our Windows island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2012 "Wired Blossoms and Electric Angels" The Atrium, The Opposite House Beijing
2012 Across The Waibaidu island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2012 "Ooh La La!" Studio Rouge The Bund Shanghai
2012 "Sin City - Impressions of Shanghai: New Work by island6" Tally Beck Contemporary New York
2011 RAM Christmas Project 2011 RockBund Art Museum Shanghai
2011 Goddamned Shanghai island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2011 Far Beyond The Firewall island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2011 SHContemporary 2011 Shanghai Exhibition Centre No.1000 Yan An Road (Middle), Shanghai 200040
2011 Everyday Frenzies 躁动人生 island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2011 Spring Floods and Peach Petals with The Arts House The Arts House Singapore
2011 "Everyday Frenzies" Green T. House Beijing
2011 "Plugged In" Tally Beck Contemporary New York
2010 "Electric Shanghai" La Table de Tee Bangkok
2010 "Garden of Autumn Vapours" Red Gate Gallery, Beijing
2009 The Artist Died Yesterday [21] island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2008 Automata [22] island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2008 Urban Lust [23] island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2008 Made in China [24] island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China
2007 Stop/over Cities [25] island6 Arts Center Shanghai, China

References[edit]

  1. ^ Art Futura by Montxo Algora Barcelona 2005 published by artfutura - ISBN 84-922084-8-1
  2. ^ Eurasia One Rolf A. Kluenter, Dr. Christoph Schreier and Andrea Neidhoefer 2007 published FoldPress & Timezone8 Publications (pages 20-21) ISBN 0-9549960-1-1
  3. ^ "Shanghai de Faguoren". that's Shanghai (Urbanatomy). November 2010. Retrieved November 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ Charvériat, Thomas. 23-02-10 "Return Policy Project". M5project. 
  5. ^ http://www.rtmark.com/blo.html website
  6. ^ http://www.we-make-money-not-art.com/archives/2007/04/the-blo.php
  7. ^ Neckelmann, Matthew (2009). "Artyfacts". That's Shanghai (Shanghai, P.R.C: China Intercontinental Press) 25: 54. ISSN 1672-8033. 
  8. ^ Nudd-Mitchell, Christopher (April 2010). "Shanghai Curators: Thomas Charvériat". Urbanatomy. Retrieved April 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ "The fantastic light at Louis Vuitton". The China Post. 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-05-17. 
  10. ^ Catching, Rebecca (April 2007). "Perpetual Motion". That's Shanghai: 42. ISSN 1672-8033. 
  11. ^ Grgona, Natalie (September 2007). "island6". Le Petit Shanghaien (in French) (Shanghai, P.R.C: Association du Cercle francophone de Shanghai) 51: 30–31–32. 
  12. ^ Muzyczka, Nick (May 14, 2010). "Collectively Gazing into the Abyss". The Global Times, Culture Section: 6. 

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