Collide Pro Helvetia Award 2015
Fragmentin is an artist collective based in Lausanne, Switzerland, founded in 2014 and composed by Laura Perrenoud, David Colombini and Marc Dubois. 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.
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), 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 interventions in natural, urban space, creating online experiences and participating in "Art for Architecture" competitions.
In 2015, Fragmentin spent three months in residence at CERN as part of the Collide Pro Helvetia Award 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. Check the blog of the residency here.