WJ-S is a software and a flexible public device for web performances allowing WJs (webjays, artists, curators, web addicts, web mutants) to play live with online text, sound and visuals.
Webjays take the control of a multiscreen environment and surf at distance in different browser windows simultaneously.
WJ-S is a visible and collective experience of the surf. The pleasure of browsing is shifted to a live performance environment. Individual and collaborative online productions (in different geographical sites) become collective events (to which an audience is invited).
Following the steps of DJs and VJs, the WJs ( webjays, webjockeys, etc.) directly draw their sources from the Web and mix the network flow in real time.
The WJ-S productions can take the following forms : performances, demos, parties, workshops and conferences.
With support from the Ministry of Culture and Communication, Arcadi Ile-de-France and DICRéAM participation.
ANNE ROQUIGNY : concept // coordination // production
Anne Roquigny, French media arts curator, has specialised during the last 15 years in the production and curating of hybrid digital projects related to sound, visual arts, networks and the internet.
After 3 years (1995-98) of devising and organising the cultural events programs of the Web Bar, an internet café/art gallery in Paris, in 1999 she joined the CICV Pierre Schaeffer, one of the first French new media centres, where she worked as artistic co-ordinator and curator of the international Urban Multimedia Arts festivals, then as co-director of the venue with Pierre Bongiovanni.
From 2002 to 2004, Anne was in charge of the general co-ordination of the preliminary project for a future Digital Arts Center in Paris, dedicated to digital production and to electronic music, at la Gaité Lyrique. Anne is now developing the web performances project WJ-S and co-coordinating in parallel with Peter Sinclair and Jérôme Joy, Locus Sonus a research lab specialising in audio art and its relation to space and networked audio systems. More infos www.roquigny.info
JAMES HUDSON : software developer
James is an Australian software developer based in Berlin, Germany, with a degree in Computer
Science. He has worked in the fields of game development, scientific computing, robotics,
mobile development, media arts, and software services. Being equally comfortable in both
artistic and technical camps, he has assisted a range of internationally-exhibited multimedia
artists to breathe life into their ideas. He is a director and co-founder of Nocturnal Entertainment,
an independent games studio which has released two original console titles. He has recently
worked at Futurice, a medium-sized European software company, and is now working as an
independent developer and producer. More info : www.disconnectionist.com
French new media curator, critic and author, specialised in video and computer games, web animation and digital cinema. She has coordinated ISEA 2000, Paris, and she curated Video Cuts 2001, Centre Pompidou, Gaming Room Villette Numérique 2002, Paris, Tour of the Web 2003, Centre Pompidou, featuring French and international artists.
In 2004, she organised a Gameboy music concert and she curated the wireless art event Wifiledefrance for la Region Ile de France. She was the net.art curator for the 2004 Banana RAM festival, Italy. She curated the exhibit Gametime, Experimedia, Melbourne in October 2004 and la Nuit Numérique for the 2004 Bitfilms Festival, Hamburg, Germany, November 2004.
Her last projects include : No fun games and the gaming experience, Bergen Norway, 2005 ; Mal au Pixel, Paris, France, 2006 ; Articule 3, Emerging Swiss Creation, Annecy, France, 2007 ; Playing to Real, Meudon, France, 2007.
ANNE LAFORET : live browsing // workshops // performances
Anne Laforet is an independent researcher. She completed her PhD in information science (from the University of Avignon in France) on the preservation of net art which will be published in 2011. She has written a report entitled "Net art and artistic institutions and museums" for the French Ministry of Culture in 2004. She has presented her research in Europe and Canada. Anne writes on digital art and digital culture for Arte.tv and Poptronics.fr. She takes part in collective projects, whether art and/ or research. She is a sound performer and WJ (web jockey).
MARIE KOCH : production // coordination // communication
LAURA MIHAI : communication assistant
Laura is in her third years of studies at Bournemouth University (UK), on the BA Public Relations course. Her skills revolve around communication and design, which she acquired during various placements with organisations such as Ogilvy PR, the French Cultural Institute, EuropaFest, etc.