Maurice Benayoun

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • City University Hong Kong and Z-A Production School of Creative Media Curator, Media Artist, _Professor, and Artist Explorer in multimedia


  • ISEA2016

    Maurice Benayoun (aka MoBen or 莫奔) (born 29 March 1957 in Mascara, Algeria) is a French pioneer new-media artist and theorist based in Paris and Hong Kong. His work employs various media, including (and often combining) video, immersive virtual reality, the Web, wireless technology, performance, large-scale urban art installations and interactive exhibitions.


    Maurice Benayoun is a pioneer new media artist living in Paris, France. His work and research explores the potentiality of various media from video, to virtual reality, Web and wireless art, public space large scale art installations and interactive exhibitions. His work has been widely exhibited all over the world and received numerous international awards and prizes. He has been exhibited in international museums: Centre Pompidou, Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art (Lyon, Montreal), Kiasma (Helsinki), Eye Beam and Moving Image (New York), ICC Tokyo, Beijing, Berlin, Seoul, New Delhi. From the Quarxs, one of the very first computer animation series in the early nineties to NeORIZON, a giant street installation in Shanghai (2008), not to forget the Tunnel under the Atlantic, World Skin, a Photo Safari in the Land of War (Golden Nica, Ars Electronica 1998), or the Mechanics of emotions, Benayoun’s work tries to exceed technologies by exploring new ways of creating meaning through experiencing metaphoric situations. Beside his art works, Maurice Benayoun has been involved in many large scale exhibitions, events and architecture projects including the permanent installation inside the Arc de Triomphe of Paris. His work is part of many public and private collections: the French National Fund of Contemporay Art (FNAC), Ars Electronica Center (Linz), eArts (Shanghai).  Since 1984, Maurice Benayoun has been teaching new media at the Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne) and was an invited artist at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts of Paris. He is co-founder and art director of the CITU research centre and assistant professor at the University of Paris 8. In 2006 Maurice Benayoun started at CITU a research field on collaborative art, first  called INOUT, with workshops and exhibitions all over France(2008), then transformed into THE ART COLLIDER, with the participation of San Franisco Art Institute and Linz Kunst Universität in 2010.


    Ars Electronica Award 98 for World Skin. Graduated in Graphic Arts, cofounder of Z-A Production, considered as one of the most creative studio in the area of image processing and virtual reality, he explores digital images, interactivity and intelligent interfaces (Hypercube). He’s author of virtual reality installations and interactive set-up, he teaches at University of Paris I.


    This international award-winning video artist co­founded Z.A Productions (1988) where he does research on computer-generated 3D images while working in the cinema as a special effects art director. He lectures at University de Paris 1 and does collaborative work at CRECA (Centre de recherche et d’etude sur le Cinema) and the CRI (Centre de recherche sur (‘image). His most recent works include Les Quarks, the first 35 mm high-definition 3D series and Dieu est-il plat? and Le Diable est-il courbe?, two virtual reality creations.


    Maurice Benayoun (Z.A. Production) Maurice Benayoun (France,1957) teaches “Art Video and New Images” at the University of Paris. He has participated research projects about special effects and contributed new technology to audio-visual production and to the artist creativity within the Centre de Recherche et d’Etude sur le Cinema et les Arts Audiovisuel (CRECA) and the Centre de Recherche sur Image (CRI).


Current Location:

  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Previous Location(s):

  • FR

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