About

Alex Saunier is a Montreal-based artist and researcher that creates multi-sensory light experiences and performances by merging together computational lighting and sound design.

Working at the frontier between perceptible and imperceptible, tangible and intangible, material and immaterial, Saunier explores the relations between human perception and digital processes. He hybridizes sound synthesis, artificial life algorithms and lighting hardware in a pursuit of ever more embodied and sensual experiences. Through artistic creation Saunier ties together human bodies and computational processes, revealing how they interact, destabilize and shape one another. Saunier earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics and physics followed by a masters in sound design and engineering from the renowned ENS Louis Lumière (Paris, France) before engaging in research in design, robotics and interactive systems at the ENS Arts Décoratifs (Paris, France).

He is currently a doctoral researcher at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) where he conducts research on practices of lighting in the age of autonomous computational systems.

His artistic work has been presented in various international venues such as Ars Electronica, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, Exit Festival, MuffatWerk, Impakt Festival and BCN_LLUM. 

 

 

CURRENTLY

Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.
PhD candidate within the Individualized program under the direction of Chris Salter, Lynn Hughes, and David Howes. Expected 2021.
Proposed title: “Performative Lighting – Composing with autonomous, emergent and self-organizing processes.”
Member of the Milieux Institute, Hexagram, labXmodal, TAG (Technoculture, Art and Games) research center, and the Center for Sensory Studies.

PAST RESEARCH
  • 2013-2016 : Diip – Rective Interaction, EnsadLab, ENS Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
    Works on interactive light installations
    Research on behavioral objects, development of a modular robotic toolkit: MisB Kit
  • 2012-2013 : EMeRI, EnsadLab, ENS Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France
    Works on mobile displays
SCOLARSHIP
  • 2009-2012 : master of sound engineering, ENS Louis Lumière, Noisy-le-Grand
  • 2007-2009 : Classes Préparatoires aux Grandes Ecoles, mathematic and physics specialisation
  • 2007 : baccalauréat, scientific specialization
EXHIBITIONS AND PERFORMANCES
  • 2020 : Bcn_llum (Barcelona, Spain)
  • 2019 : Dive festival (Bochum, Germany)
  • 2019 : Impakt festival (Utrecht, Netherlands)
  • 2019 : Muffatwerk (Munich, Germany
  • 2018 : Sights of Feeling (Montréal, Canada)
  • 2018 : Ars Electronica- Taking Care (Linz, Austria)
  • 2017 : MAPP_MTL (Montreal, Canada)
  • 2017 : ISI_Lab (Montpellier, France)
  • 2017 : FiraTàrrega (Tàrrega, Spain)
  • 2016 : Nuit Blanche (Toronto, Canada)
  • 2016 : Le Shadok (Strasbourg, France)
  • 2015 : Fête des Lumières (Lyon, France)
  • 2015 : Journées du patrimoine (Thomery, France)
  • 2015 : Douve Blanche (Eggreville, France)
  • 2015 : Mac+ (Créteil, France)
  • 2014 : Gallerie Rhinocéros et Cie (Paris, France)
  • 2014 : Eniarof (Tourcoing, France)
  • 2013 : Eniarof (Aix-en-Provence, France)
  • 2013 : Mobilisable, Laboratoire de l’édition (Paris, France))
  • 2012 : Réclame! (Marne-la-Vallée , France)
ARTISTIC PRODUCTION AND COLLABORATION
  • 2018 : Hexagram, director of production for the exhibition Taking Care at Art Electronica
  • 2018 : Chris Salter, Haptic Field, project management
  • 2017 : Chris Salter, N-Polytope, electronics and project management
  • 2016 : Samuel Bianchini, Pas de deux pas deux , research and programming
  • Since 2014 : Misb Kit, development work for EnsadLab, electronics, mechanics
  • 2013-2016 : Engineering work for Antonin Fourneau, electronics
  • 2015 : 1024 Architecture, Wild lines, electronics, mechanics
  • 2015 : Thierry Fournier, Sous-ensemble, electronics, programming
  • 2014 : Samuel Bianchini, Surexposition, technical management
  • 2014 : Antonin Fourneau, Luminous Memory, electronics
  • 2014 : Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves, Satori (live performance)
  • 2014 : Stéfane Perraud, Horizon
  • 2013 : Stéfane Perraud, Friction
  • 2013 : Floy Krouchi, interactive speakers prototype
  • 2013 : Zimoun, AC motor controlling system
  • 2013 : Stéfane Perraud, Plus bleu que le bleu
  • 2013 : Marie-Julie Bourgeois, Torii
  • 2012 – 2013 : Artlab de Digitalarti, Paris
  • 2012 : Antonin Fourneau, Water Light Graffiti
  • 2012 : Marie-Julie Bourgeois, Parallèles
TEACHING AND WORKSHOPS
  • 2016 : Designer Days (Paris, France), Introduction aux objets à compartments
  • 2015 : EnsadLab (Paris, France), introduction to electronic and programming for lighting installation
  • 2015 : Hexagram/NXI gestatio (Montreal, Canada), Toward behavioural objects (II)
  • 2015 : Designer Days (Paris, France), Introduction aux objets à compartments à l’intention des enfants
  • 2015 : La Chambre Blanche (Quebec, Canada), Atelier d’objets à comportements
  • 2014 : Hexagram/NXI gestatio (Montreal, Canada), Toward behavioural objects (I)
  • 2014 : TEI 2014 Munich, creating behavioral objects using modular robotic
  • 2013 : CNR de Boulogne-Billancourt, programming and electronic for music
  • 2013 : ENS Louis Lumière (Saint-Denis, France), introduction to physical computing
LIGHT LIVE SHOW (EXTRACT)
  • 2014 : Félicie d’Estienne d’Orves, Satori
  • 2014 : Bloum (Paris, France), electro-rock band
  • 2013 – 2014 : CNR Paris 11 (Paris, France), theater and opera performances
  • 2012 – 2013 : Révélateur production, musicals
MUSIC RECORDING AND POST-PRODUCTION (EXTRACT)
  • 2012 : Supertracktor (Paris, France) , EP metal
  • 2012 : Echoes (Rouen, France) , EP progressive rock
  • 2011 : Isabel Aboulker (Paris, France), Douce et Barbe bleu, opera
FILM RECORDING AND POST-PRODUCTION (EXTRACT)
  • 2013 : Mélusine , 22min, Noémie Héraud (director)
  • 2011 : L’envol du toi, 16min, Coralie Avignon (director)
PUBLICATION
  • Salter, Chris, and Alexandre Saunier. 2020. “From Turntable to Neural Net. Sound Art, Technoscience,Craft, and the Instrument.” In The Bloomsbury Handbook of Sound Art, edited by Sanne Krogh Groth and Holger Schulze.
  • Bianchini, S., Saunier, A., & Bajou, A. (2017). Du comportement des objets au comportement entre les objets, le cas de “Pas de deux pas de.” Revue Inter, 125.