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Benayoun (aka MoBen) Maurice
French pioneering new-media artist born in Algeria (1957). He lives and works in Paris.
 
His works employs various media - including (and often combining) video, virtual reality, the Web, wireless technology, performance, public space large scale art installations and interactive exhibitions.
 
He is a pioneer new media artist and theorist. As short film director, installation artist, museum and exhibition designer, interaction designer and theorist, during the past 30 years to now, Maurice Benayoun explores the potentiality, the aesthetic and social impact of various media from video to computer graphics, Virtual Reality to Web and wireless art, public space large scale art installations and interactive exhibitions. His work has been widely exhibited all over the world and received numerous international awards and prizes.
 
He is exhibited in international museums and galleries: Centre Pompidou, Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art (Lyon, Montreal), Kiasma (Helsinki), Eyebeam, Museum of the Moving Image NYC, Streaming Museum NYC, ICC Tokyo… From the Quarxs -one of the very first computer animation series in the early nineties – to NeORIZON giant street installation in Shanghai (2008), not to forget the Tunnel under the Atlantic World Skin, a Photo Safari in the Land of War (Golden Nica, Ars Electronica 1998), or the Mechanics of emotions with Occupy wall Screens in NYC, Benayoun’s work try to exceed technologies by exploring new ways of creating meaning through experiencing metaphoric situations. Beside his art works, Maurice Benayoun has been involved in the conception direction of many large scale exhibitions, events and architecture projects including the permanent installation inside the Arc de Triomphe of Paris.
 
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