INTERFACE is a weekly seminar organized as part of the Visual Arts and Aesthetics masters at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne with the Sorbonne Artgallery.

Jean Reaper

December 1, 2021

Jean Faucheur is a French painter, sculptor, photographer and videographer born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1956; he currently lives and works in Paris.


After graduating from ENSAD (National School of Decorative Arts) in 1979, he set up his studio in Versailles. Feeling cramped there, he decided to show his work in the street, thus becoming one of the pioneers of new urban interventions (those who were called in 1985 the “Media Painters”).

From 1983, he made paintings on kraft paper in large format, which he then stuck illegally on 4x3m billboards in Paris. During the following two years, he undertook a trip to New York at the invitation of Tony Shafrazy, a famous gallery owner who exhibited Keith Haring, Basquiat and Futura 2000 at the time. He also went to Tokyo and co-founded Les Frères Ripoulin, a collective composed of young painters who, appreciating his work on panels, ask him to introduce them to his technique. A multidisciplinary artist, he organizes wild exhibitions in the Paris metro and at the Palace, is the co-creator of the Jean-Marc Patras gallery and presents his works at the Agnès b. as early as 1984.


From 1986, he left the street to devote himself to sculpture, painting and photography. In 2001, his meeting with Thom Thom, an artist who hijacks advertising posters with a cutter, encourages him to reconnect with the urban scene. This was followed by a cycle of exhibitions “Implosion / Explosion” and “Une nuit” bringing together from 2002 to 2005 close to 150 artists from the region. In March 2003, at the corner of rue Oberkampf and rue Saint-Maur in Paris, the association Le MUR (Modulable Urbain Réactif) was born on the initiative of Jean Faucheur. It is in 2007 that will begin on this panel of 3X8m the first interventions of urban artists every fortnight and this since nearly 15 years. At the same time, he participates in numerous artistic collective experiences (pictorial video performances Akrylonumerik, D-Rush collective, Imaginary Museum, etc.). In the summer of 2015, he was the artistic director of the “Murs de L2” in Marseille and of “À L’scale de la ville” in Paris in 2018 (Ministry of Culture). Since then, he has been president of the urban art federation. His pronounced taste for sharing and breaking up, undeniably poses Jean Faucheur as a precursor and discoverer of talent.

Felicie d'Estienne d'Orves

November 17, 2021

Félicie d'Estienne d'Orves is a visual artist whose material is light. His installations and performances appeal to a phenomenological knowledge of reality and question the conditioning of our gaze. In his work, light is both the tool and the subject. She is interested in the definition of the limits of space, physical and cosmological, by light and its speed.


Winner in 2019 of the Vasarely Foundation prize and guest professor at Le Fresnoy (National Studio for Contemporary Arts), her installation "Eclipse" joined the art collections, Beep Collection Electronic Art (ES), as well as the Fondation Iberdrola (ES). Since 2020, she has received commissions for permanent works such as for the Grand Paris Express as part of the “Tandem” program in collaboration with the Dietmar Feichtinger agency or even as part of the New Sponsors for the city of Louvain (BEL).


His work has been presented at the Center Pompidou – Nuit Blanche – Le Centquatre 104 – Sorbonne Artgallery (Paris) – Le Fresnoy Scène Nationale (Tourcoing) – The Vasarely Foundation (Aix-en-Provence) – Abbaye de Maubuisson (Saint-Ouen-l 'Aumône) – 500 years of Le Havre (Le Havre) – State Studio (Berlin) – Watermans Arts Center (London) – New Art Space / Sonic Acts (Amsterdam) – TBA Teatro do Bairro Alto (Lisbon) – Ars Electronica (Linz) – Elektra Festival (Montreal) – Day For Night (Houston) – OCAT (Shanghai) – Aram Art Museum (Goyang/Korea) etc.


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