2018 Ars Electronica- CyberArts Exhibition – OK Center, Linz, Austria

2018 Chroniques, FRAC PACA, Marseille, France


2018 Golden Nica, Ars Electronica Prize, Computer Animation, Linz, Austria.



T R O P I C S dessine une orbite autour d’une exploitation agricole mexicaine. Des voix éparses semblent raviver et troubler la mémoire du lieu. En traversant la matière, le film fige le temps, les hommes et dévoile le spectre d’un paradis perdu.


TROPICS draws an orbit around a Mexican farm. Scattered voices seem to revive and disturb the memory of the place. Crossing the matter, the film attempts to stop time and men, and reveals the ghost of a lost paradise.

« Mathilde has long been interested in the anthropological dimension of the societies that she is brought to encounter through her work, but also in their relationship to the myths and cosmogony at the foundation of some of their beliefs. Behind all this is the depth of the landscapes where live the men that require it—a depth both physical and psychological, and completely unfathomable, as one could already tell from her 2013 film with the evocative title: Focus on Infinity.
Here, the question of landscape is again central but is reconsidered by the artist who uses, for part of it, relatively diverse technical means. With TROPICS, Mathilde Lavenne carries out a sort of transduction of the landscape.
Working from digital data, she uses a FARO scanner, a tool used in architecture to scan buildings. She installs this device on various sites and follows certain routes on the map, some of which she has tracked by foot to produce these stratified images, likened to “a kind of phantom map of the chosen site.” Then, from the myriad of points thus obtained, she renders a three-dimensional landscape. Thanks to this process, Mathilde has obtained a superimposition of layers that gives her progression along these paths lined with banana trees the appearance of a voyage through appearances, in the most literal sense. Nature looks like a laminate of finely meshed films that connect different surfaces of reality, which are not necessarily related to one another in our ordinary experiences.
The black and white shots could give the impression that the images were taken at night with infrared goggles except that here, the reversal of values and the greenish tone that characterize such images are precisely absent.The images give us the feeling of penetrating the structure of matter and reaching what usually remains invisible— with this work, we aren’t invited to discover a landscape that we don’t know but the very strangeness of the world of which it is only one element. »

Gilles A. Tiberghien



Mathilde Lavenne par Nicolas Djavanshir

© Djavanshir. N


Curriculum Vitæ

2018 Casa de Velazquez, Académie de France à Madrid Spain

2016 Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains
2011 Post diplôme – École Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg
2010 DNSEP – École Supérieure d’Expression Plastique de Tourcoing
2007 Master – Art et Culture, Université Lille III


2018 Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

2018 FIAV, Festival International d’Art Vidéo, Casablanca, Marocco
2017 Arica Nativa, International Rural Film, Chili
2017 Madatac, Madrid, Spain
2016 39 ème Festival du Film Court en Plein Air de Grenoble

2016  Shnit International Short Film Festival, Bern, Suisse
2016  Eko film Festival, Brno, Tchèque Républic
2016  Festival International du Film court en plein air de Grenoble, France
2016  Cinemambiente Environmental Film festival, Torino, Italy
2016  The Quarantine Film Festival, Varna, Bulgary
2016  Tehran International Silent Film Festival, Iran
2016  Ismailia International Film Festival, Egypte
2016  Vagrant Film festival, Minsk
2016  Tampere Film festival, Tampere, Finlande
2016  Festival Nature & Environnement, Dompierre sur Besbre, France
2016  Internationale Kurz filmwoche, Regensburg, Allemagne
2016  Vidéoformes, Clermont Ferrand, France
2016  Caméflex, Paris, France
2016  FICEG, Grenoble, France
2016 No dialogue film festival, Bristol, UK
2015 Un festival c’est trop court, Nice, France
2014 Final cut, Nice film festival, Nice
2014 Video sur Court, Nantes

Residency / award

2018 Golden Nica Prize, Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria

2018 Brouillon d’un rêve écritures émergentes de la SCAM , Paris
2017 Résidence LightCone, Atelier 105, Paris, France

2017 Residency Casa Proal, San Raphael, Veracruz, Mexico
2016 Residency A-i-R Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Pologne
2016 Prix Talents contemporains de la Fondation François Schneider, Wattwiller, France
2016 Special secretary prize, Tehran International Silent Film Festival, Iran
2016 Semi finalist G2, Green Earth film festival, Venice, LA, US
2016 Mention special of the jury, Rural lmfestival, Sierra Madrona, Spain
2015 Bourse d’aide au matériel, Drac Nord Pas de Calais.
2014 Prix Pierre Schaeffer, Brouillon d’un rêve de la SCAM, Paris.
2013 Residency Atelier WICAR de la ville de Lille à Rome.
2013 Bourse d’aide à la création d’œuvres numériques interactives, Pictanovo, Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
2012 Bourse d’aide à la création de la DRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais.
2012 Bourse de soutien du CRRAV Nord-Pas-de-Calais
2012 Residence de recherche à l’Atelier Graphoui, Bruxelles.
2011 Landscape, Cities and People, Résidence La Malterie, Interreg IV, avec le soutien du Fresnoy.

Collective Exhibition

2018 Chroniques, Biennale des imaginaires numériques, FRAC PACA, Marseille, France

2018 #Material 4.0, Galeria Museum Sindelfingen, Germany

2018 Medio Acqua, Base sous marine, Bordeaux, France

2018 CyberArts Exhibition, OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria

2017 Villa Médicis- Le Fresnoy : programmation pour le 20ème anniversaire, Roma, Italy
2017 Le rêve des formes, Les films du Fresnoy, Palais de tokyo, Paris, France
2017 Talents contemporains 2015, Fondation François Schneider, Wattwiller, France

2017 Incarnations, Galerie Jean Collet, Vitry sur Seine, France

2016  Panorama 18, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, France
2016 61ème Salon de Montrouge, Paris
2014  Achemar, Lille 3000, la malterie à la Gare Saint Sauveur, Lille, France
2013  Talent Prize, Musée de l’architecture, Rome
2013  Format à l’italienne, Espace Le Carré, Lille
2013  YIA Art Fair, Galerie Backslash, Paris
2012  AU, Beers Lambert Gallery, Londres, RU
2012  Family & friends, Galerie Backslash, Paris
2012  Du vent dans les palmiers, QSP, Roubaix
2012  Traversée, commissariat de Christian Rizzo, La Malterie, Lille
2011  Œuvres Récentes, Backslash Gallery, Paris
2011  Dessin Exquis, SLICK, Paris
2010 EXTRA, Espace Le Carré, Lille
2010 Jeune Création 2010, 104, Paris
2009 La nuit des Musées, Musée de l’œuvre Notre Dame, Strasbourg

Catalogues, Éditions

2017 Catalogue de l’exposition des talents contemporains 2013 – 15, Fondation François Schneider
2017 Catalogue de l’exposition Incarnations, Galerie Jean-Collet, Vitry-sur-Seine, Fr
2016 Cienie/Shadows, Marta Dziedziniewicz, Program Rezydencji Artystycznych AIR Wro, Wroclaw, Poland
2016 Catalogue de l’exposition Panorama 17 – 18, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing, Fr
2016 Catalogue du salon de Montrouge, Marie Cantos, Paris, Fr
2015 Les nouvelles d’Archimède, Lille1, Science et Technologies, #70, Olivier Perriquet, Lille, Fr
2014 Facettes, revue d’art contemporain, Cinquante° Nord, Lille, Fr
2013 Inside art, Roma, Italy
2011 Le contrat du dessinateur, Paris, Fr

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