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Biography

Fragmentin is an artist collective based in Lausanne, Switzerland, founded in 2014 and composed by three ECAL (Lausanne University of Art and Design) alumni: Laura Perrenoud (*1991, Lausanne), David Colombini (*1989, Lausanne) and Marc Dubois (*1985, Basel).

At the crossroads of art and engineering, Fragmentin’s work questions the impact of the digital on everyday life by investigating these technologies' disposition towards control and opacity. Influenced by the likes of Alain Damasio, Eric Sadin and James Bridle, Fragmentin's works are often conceived as spaces for discussion on crucial contemporary themes and issues such as climate change.

Through installation, video, interaction and performance, the studio’s artworks demystify complex systems and reveal the tension between emergent technologies and society: participants are driven to act-out a dystopic choreography in an experience which questions virtual reality as medium (2199, 2016). A web-app connected to a meteorological sculpture bursts serendipity into your digital life by using pollution levels to glitch selfies; sunlight intensity to destroy data and the rhythm of the rain to broadcast matching music (The Weather Followers, 2017). An atrium where visitors can witness a rain creating disturbing patterns and illustrating notorious geoengineered weather events recounted on seperate screens (Displuvium, 2019). A smartphone exposed to extreme temperatures reflects on its own inadequacies, in an environment marked by catastrophic climate change (Your phone needs to cool down, 2019). A topographic map speculating on the melting evolution of glaciers and helping to finance tree planting in Switzerland (Val d'Arcadia, 2019). An online broadcast of chimerical and non-decipherable images in constant evolution aggregating with the help of filters the five most viewed videos of youtube on a semantic field defined by the artists. (burningcollection.tv, 2020).

Fragmentin’s work has been exhibited in Switzerland at the Haus der elektronischen Künste HeK (Basel, CH), Kunsthalle Zurich (Zurich, CH), NOV gallery (Geneva, CH), The Mapping Festival (Geneva, CH), the Locarno film Festival (Locarno, CH), the Cabaret Voltaire, Artlab EPFL (Lausanne, CH) and la Becque (La Tour-de-Peilz, CH). The trio’s installations have also travelled to the The ZKM (Karlsruhe, DE), Jeu de Paume (Paris, FR), the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Art and Space (Prague, CZ), The Mirage Festival (Lyon, FR), Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (Montreal, CA), The Cello Factory Gallery (London, UK), The National Theatre (Londres, UK) and at the York Art Gallery (York, UK). While continuing to exhibit their work in museums and to develop collaborations with galleries, Fragmentin aims to make art and its debates more accessible to the general public and more rooted in the public space, notably by proposing artistic interventions in natural and urban space, creating online experiences and participating in "Art for Architecture" competitions.

Several institutions have acquired Fragmentin's works for their permanent collection. These include: HeK Basel (Displuvium, 2019) and the Art Foundation PAX (The Weather Followers, 2018).

The three artists have been awarded several prizes: the App Art Award at the ZKM in Karlsruhe in 2017, the Pax Art Award in 2018 at the HeK during Art Basel, and the Prix du Rayonnement de la Fondation Vaudoise pour la Culture 2019 at the new MCBA in Lausanne. In addition, since 2017, the trio has been nominated for several art awards: the Lumen Prize (2017 - 2019), the Aesthetica Art Prize (2020) and the Art Laguna Prize (2020).

In 2015, Fragmentin spent three months in residence at CERN as part of the COLLIDE (Arts at CERN) program. This experience has allowed them to lay the groundwork for projects intersecting science, art and technology, in collaboration with physicists operating from the Geneva campus.

In February 2019, Fragmentin inaugurated his first solo exhibition at the HeK by participating in the exhibition Schweizer Medienkunst with !Mediengruppe Bitnik and Lauren Huret.

Following a competition organized by Pro Helvetia, Fragmentin’s artistic proposal was chosen to represent Switzerland at the 14th edition of the Prague Quadrennial – the largest scenography platform in the world. Exhibited in Prague from June 6 to 16, 2019,“Artificial Arcadia: measured and adjustable(?) landscapes”, developed in collaboration with Kosmos architects, focuses on hybrid transitions between natural, technical and digital landscapes of Switzerland.

Since 2016, Fragmentin has been invited to hold several workshops such as:Reintroducing Randomness: Artistic & Technological Urban Interventions at the Musée d’Art Digital, Zurich (MuDA) or “BYOP” at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste (ZHdK) or "Hacking Nature" which will take place during the "Alps Art Academy" this summer in Tenna (CH).

The three artists regularly give lectures or teach at universities and institutions such as ECAL (Lausanne,CH), HEAD (Geneva,CH) or HeK (Basel,CH).

In 2020, Fragmentin is participating in a series of group exhibitions: at the Kunstraum in Vienna, the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris, the Getxophoto festival in Bilbao, the York Art Gallery, Art Carouge 2020 in Geneva and Art Safiental: a biennale of Land Art and Environmental Art in Grisons,CH, where the group will create a sculpture on the topic: Analog/Digital.

Artists

David Colombini
*1989, Lausanne

Education
- Bachelor: ECAL, Lausanne
- Master: Royal College of Art, London

 

Marc dubois
*1985, Bâle

Education / Teaching
- Bachelor: ECAL, Lausanne
- Since 2018: Creative coding teacher at ECAL

 

Laura Perrenoud
*1991, Lausanne

Education / Teaching
- Bachelor: ECAL, Lausanne
- Since 2019: Visiting lecturer at ECAL

Photo: Charlotte Krieger

Contact

Fragmentin c/o univercité
Chemin du Closel 5
1020 Renens, CH


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Thanks

Thanks

Foundation Vaudoise pour la Culture
Swiss Cultural Fund UK
Pro Helvetia
Art Foundation Pax
Canton de Vaud
Ville de Lausanne
Ville de Renens
Migros pourcent culturel
Arts at CERN