Klaus Fruchtnis is a Paris based French-Colombian digital artist, researcher and educator. His research is based on the areas of photography, multimedia, digital drawing and media experimentation, as well as collective and participatory projects that involve art, technology, cultural, social and political aspects. His vision of new media fosters more than the artistic aspect; it involves shared projects and initiatives with multicultural partners, new approaches to education and the development of digital literacies. His work has been exhibited, performed and published internationally. Over the past years, he has developed different projects with museums, art centers, correctional centers, local communities, city councils, universities, etc., and, as a result of this, he has created through his own practice, and as part of his artistic research, highly effective and innovative teaching techniques and pedagogical methods. These include a streaming educational channel with new media content, urban mobile workshops, and engaging in discussions with the directorate of cultural affairs of several cities in France in order to develop technological cultural policies. Fruchtnis was born in Colombia and lived in France, Canada, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan and Russia. He has a BFA/MA in Art & Digital Arts from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts of Paris and Rennes, France, and a MFA in Design Technology, Art & New Media from La Sorbonne University Paris 1 (a joint diploma with ENSCI Les Ateliers and the École Télécom ParisTech ENST.) In 2010-2011, he was part of the EnsadLad research program at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs of Paris, France. He works as Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at at Paris College of Art.
Title: In transit
Description: in transit was designed as an image lab whose versatility and instantaneous nature mirror the rapidity of change in the world. It is also a suspension on time with a new perspective and vision, another way to experience the new (technological) territories. These new territories highlight the beautiful, perplexing and sometimes disturbing elements of the space that surrounds us, but also by the surreal quality of the imaginary world that exists. in transit creates an intermediate and sensitive place, which occurs between the human and the space. It provides the opportunity to explore a particular amalgam, between reality and imagination. The reality is a pretext and the glance rambles!
in transit is a multimedia project developed in New Zealand in 2006. It’s the starting point of my ongoing research about the image and its origin. Presented as a playful and interactive piece, it explores different tools that convey to the same point: the accessibility to new forms of art through the use of limited technologies (existing in 2006). This project defines questions of landscape, territory and non-place, meaning a concept and/or mental attitude more than an immediate perception, or recognition of the inhabitable thing. in transit was created and imagined as a net art piece, to be experienced online and through the use of a computer. The audience can discover at its own pace the several layers present in the artwork.
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