Desert Numerique#5 04>06 07.2014

FRIDAY 04/07 > SUNDAY 06/07/2014

In 2014, Désert Numérique focuses on notation : this latency between the idea and its formalization. Through all its forms, from the recipies into score, algorithm, program and code, script, rules, logical diagramms, map and route, modus operandi,... all forms of writing that fix, delimitates, memorizes, delays, diffracts, cut, split, and built this very Western relationship to the world and technology.

Chapter 1. Writing
Be it a computer program or a musical score, notation generally involves the execution of a sequence of instructions with different degree of interpretation. The process is similar to the transition between the virtual to the actual. JODI collective composed by Joan Heemskerk and Dirk Paesmans based in the Netherlands, essential pillar of the Netart scene, will open the festival with a selection of Netart works that deconstruct both language and code.
Algo-Lit collective with An Mertens, Catherine Lenoble, Brendan Howell, Olivier Heinry and Nicolas Malevé, will gather and work around i- literature and free software, following the principles of the Oulipo-meetings: they will share work and thoughts and write/code together algorithmic based texts. At Désert Numérique, the collective will share its researches on collective writing process through a radiophonic piece. Catherine Lenoble will lead her Semantic dicontamination workshop, on the analysis/deconstruction of the digital art Newspeak.
The result of the writing workshop proposed by Catherine Strauss with the help of Marjolaine Rolland at Espace Public Internet de la Vallée de la Roanne during the year at Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert is shown at the festival.

Chapter 2. Recipe
Notation can't be explored without engaging coking recipes : a participative banquet will be held for the opening night, where everyone is invited to bring a speciality of his region. For the dessert, we will eat the result of a workshop made by Élodie Ravion with the children of Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert primary School and them teacher Alice Dubief.

Chapter 3. Score
Since 2010, Sébastien Roux works on the concept of translation: Nouvelle is a sound creation inspired by the Legend of Saint Julien L’Hospitalier by Gustave Flaubert, and Inevitable Music is a listening session based on the instructions given by the American artist Sol LeWitt's to realise his Wall Drawings.
Cécile Babiole is invited to compose a score for eight sewing machines, that will be played by musicians, tailors and amateurs from the Valley, during a 3 days workshop, and for a performance called Stitch'n glitch.
Espace multimedia gantner proposes to answer to notation topic with a documentation of Peter Vogel's Partitions de réactions through sketchs of his scores and audiovisual documents.

Chapter 4. Drawing
From score to drwing, through routine: following a sheme on a map, pre-programmed routines that can be repeated by the different planes in the air, during Drone Tone performance by Alejo Duque and Cyrille Henry.
Notation drive us into Fernand Deligny's lignes d'Erre(roam lines). In echo, festival's audience will be invited to draw a trajectory and a line on a map while visiting the soundwalk realized by the students of ESAD-GV (École Supérieure d'Art et de Design de Grenoble - Valence) driven by Fabrice Beslot and Franck David.
RYBN will exhibit its Algorithmic Trading Freak Show, an algorithmic cabinet of curiosity, composed by several rare specimens of monstrous financial algorithms.

Chapter 5. Transmission
Writing is a support for indirect communication. Its transmission is essential, and depends on the conservation of the integrity of its support. Any alteration may lead to the loss of a part of our history, and therefore, our identities. Referring to Earth–Moon–Earth (Moonlight Sonata Reflected on the Surface of the Moon), by Katie Paterson, Fossile collective with Samuel Racine and Lili Mamath will present Bug in the code, a performance based on the slow destruction of a printed text, eaten by termites. How can we transmit the experience of the festival ? Written as a newspaper, visitors and artists are onvited to contribute to the memory and to the Narrative of this fifth edition, on posters. Mickaël Roy accompanies this collective processus.
Fabrice Schoumacher, alias Fab Fuzz, shows a sound and light installation : his Dreaming Machines, programmmed, on their own, cast onto the wall, shapes of soft, hard, incisive colors.

Chapter 6. Execution
Zoé Benoit proposes reading sessions on tents, inviting participants to bring a book about flow. In partnerships with Grame (Centre National de Création Musicale, Lyon).
A video studio and stage will be installed in the middle of the village. Movies will be shot from instant made scenarios, and will feed an audiovisual dialog for a local and temporary TV. Dedicated to amateurs, helped by artists and technicians : Lionel Palun, Sarah Brown, Jérôme Fino, Joris Guibert, Ivan Chabanaud, with the help of Virtuoses.TV.
Another open platform will be hosted this year : the Placard headphones Festival and its JumpOn summer edition on tour, will stop at Désert Numérique for a marathon of concerts during the week-end (pending).

Chapter 7. Trace / Anticipation
Last part of the festival, the transformation of the real related to algorithmic surveillance technologies, with a screening of Moutons 2.0 by Antoine Costa and Florian Pourchi. The movie, who shows RFID chips installation on sheeps to guaranty their traceability, strongly echoes the relation of the village with technology.
Alejo Duque and Cyrille Henry will propose a performance called Drone Tone, coproduced by Désert Numérique and La Muse en Circuit with the help of SCAN Rhône-Alpes and DICRéAM. The musical performance deals with the frightening power of military drones, and its score is based on remote controlled flying devices. Drone Tone explores different ways of generating sound by transforming drones into musical instruments.

Four workshops led between June, 2013 and June, 2014 take end by a final presentation for the opening of the festival. This educational and artistic workshop is proposed to 18 children of Saint-Nazaire-le- Désert's primary School, and implied several artists. The starting point has been defined by Emmanuel Ferrand: to read this cliff as a musical score; then Cécile Beau tried to listen to the trembling earth ; Élodie Ravion created recipes to reproduce and eat Écharennes'cliff, and Jérôme Fino will finish with a carnival of sound objects. Sarah Brown, who filmed the whole process, shows the video archives created with the children. This workshop has been supported by Fondation de France, DRAC Rhône-Alpes and CRDP de l'académie de Grenoble.
Other workshops and meeting are planed before and during the festival.


Internum network, federates digital art scene in South-East of France, will meet at Désert Numérique on Thuesday and Friday, 3-4 of July.

Call for participation

To all artists, volunteers, participants, visitors!
Bring a book, dvd, magazine, that left an impression on you and changed your relationship to the digital technologies.
Inaugurated in 2010, at the EPI de la Vallée de la Roanne (at Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert), this library is free consultation, and includes more than 250 books, DVD, etc. The actualizaition of the catalog is made with the precious help of Géraldine Letovanec (librarian of ESAD-GV).

Legends :
TEXT, by Jodi | Algo-Lit | Photography of the village commented in the writing workshop at Espace Public Internet | Peter Vogel, Partitions de réactions | Cécile Babiole, Stitch'n glitch, Concert of sewing machines | Cécile Babiole, Stitch'n glitch, detail | Sol Lewitt, Wall Drawing #260 | Sébastien Roux, Inevitable Music | Detail of the stained-glass window of the cathedral of Rouen telling Saint Julien's legend | Fernand Deligny, Lignes d'Erre | Mouton 2.0. La puce à l'oreille | A. Duque C. Henry, Drone Tone | RYBN, Alogrithmic Trading Freak Show | Workshop Écharennes | Rencontres Internum.

After the festival:
>>>Call for participation, info, contact


Désert Numérique is hosted by Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert, a small mountain village, whose church, chapel, school, streets and fields are proposed as spaces for artistic experimentations. Both public invitation to the discovery of digital art in - and through - a natural context, and a professional meeting, Désert Numérique aims to compare and combine digital and analogical art practices, in a very particular way that arouse curiosity. Désert Numérique proposes to put digital art down to a collective History, and defuse the myth of the technological escalation.


Boris Husser, general stage manager, realized DN5 stamps with a laser cutting machine.
Carl.Y, general stage manager, will assist Cécile Babiole this year, during the workshop and concert of sewing machines.
Fabrice Schoumacher electrician manager.
Sylvain Bèche, cook manager.
Emmanuel Richier, sound manager.
LBB, sound regording manager.
Ivan Chabanaud, stream manager.
Bernard Dermineur, Peter Vogel's host.
Karen Dermineur, Marika Dermineur and Michèle Lision: Désert Numérique's hostesses.
Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert and inhabitants: Désert Numérique hosts.


Désert Numérique is supported helpfully by:
CNC-DICRéAM, Region Rhône-Alpes, Drôme, Fondation de France, CRDP of Grenoble Academy, DRAC Rhône-Alpes, Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert, Pro Helvetia, Mondriaan Fonds (pending), et la Fondation FREE (pending); and from its partners:, 720 Digital, Agence aiRPur, Animation et Patrimoine, Arte Creative, Artkillart, Auberge du Désert, Sylvain Bèche, Bistrot, Brasserie du Désert, Espace multimédia gantner, Cantine des cocottes, Camping municipal, Club Rencontre-Amitié-Joie, ESAD-GV, EKO, EPI of the Valley of Roanne, Grame, La Grosse Entreprise, Lavoir du Désert, MCD, Municipality and School of Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert, Office de tourisme of the Valley of Roanne, Paroisse, Roanne Active, Selfworld, Sonic Protest, AND Yopla system.
The inhabitants of Saint-Nazaire-le-Désert, volunteers and all the friends.

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