Past Event

A series of installations by Adrien M & Claire B

Inanimate objects come to life and spaces juxtapose in a new exhibition-experience by the French company Adrien M & Claire B, presented for the first time in North America.

PHI is thrilled to present Mirages & miracles by Claire Bardainne and Adrien Mondot, whose work subtly deals with the relationship between poetry, technology, the human body and art. Leaving its European borders, Mirages & miracles will be shown as a Canadian premiere in Montreal. A lyrical universe, built through augmented reality, virtual reality, holographic illusions and video-projections.

The exhibition is divided into four different series. The Silence of Stones is a tribute to life nestled in things seemingly lifeless, motionless, inorganic. The second part, Illusions, allows us to experience a set of unprecedented scenarios, blurring the boundary between animate and inanimate, real illusion and fake miracle. At last, Tempo Geologico is a series of short performances for one spectator aiming to explore the contours of what constitutes life, through poetry, the power of computer science and the magic of fiction. What makes something alive?

Photo credit (cover): Sandra Larochelle

The Silence of Stones

In a series of eight experiments in augmented reality, the spectator can observe drawings and stones through an iPad. Stones are simple, heavy and motionless. Stones are the archetype of what is real and concrete. But listen to their silence, and you will hear them speak. If you take a close look, they grow transparent and their inertia starts pulsing. They speak of the forces that consumed them, of the distances they have travelled, of the genies they shelter, of the hairs they grow.

Photo credit: Adrien M & Claire B


Three small optical theatres, through which the spectator can observe an object coming together finely and coincidently with a reflected image. With Pepper’s ghost mechanism, light rays are partly bent by a transparent and reflecting glass. Imaginary spaces can now be superimposed on reality.

Photo credit: Romain Étienne, Adrien M & Claire B

Tempo Geologico

Immersive experience in a projected image environment. It is an immersive experience inside an environment composed of projected images. It allows visitors to stand within the heart of the stone and perceive the invisible changes in the geological strata and experience geological time.

Photo credit: Adrien M & Claire B

Adrien M & Claire B

Conception and art direction : Claire Bardainne et Adrien Mondot
Graphic design : Claire Bardainne
Computer design : Adrien Mondot
Computer development: Rémi Engel
Composition and sound design: Olivier Mellano
Dance : Bérengère Fournier, Samuel Faccioli, Akiko Kajihara
Exhibition management : Jean-Marc Lanoë
Digital Toolset and sound control : Mélina Faka, Yannick Moréteau, Elvire Tapie, Jean-Marc Lanoë en alternance
Carpentry : DeFacto / Julien Quartier, Charles Robin — Atelier Gautier
Steel locksmith : Mathieu Laville, Rémy Mangevaud, Elvis Dagier
Aluminum locksmith : Teviloj / Ludovic Laffay
Leds electronics : Sébastien Albert alias Dudley Smith
Lithography : URDLA, centre international estampe & livre
Sérigraph : Olivier Bral
Printing : Artprint
Blown glass : Nicolas Sartor
Technical direction : Alexis Bergeron
Administration : Marek Vuiton
Production and broadcasting : Joanna Rieussec
Production : Margaux Fritsch, Delphine Teypaz
Mediation and production : Johanna Guerreiro

Adrien M & Claire B

2 Pôles cirque en Normandie / La Brèche à Cherbourg – Cirque Théâtre d’Elbeuf
Scène nationale d’Albi
Les Subsistances, Lyon
Lux, scène nationale de Valence
Espace Jean Legendre, Théâtre de Compiègne
Arenberg Creative Mine – Communauté d’Agglomération de La Porte du Hainaut

Fonds [SCAN], Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes

Les Subsistances, Lyon
Villa Médicis, Rome (Italie)
URDLA - centre international estampe & livre, Villeurbanne
UrbanLab, Lyon

The Adrien M & Claire B Company is accredited by DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region and is supported by the City of Lyon.

Adrien M & Claire B
The company Adrien M & Claire B creates digital and living art forms, ranging from stage performances to installations. It is co-directed by Claire Bardainne and Adrien Mondot, whose approach puts the human experience at the centre of technological issues, with a strong visual focus on the body and the use of unique technology created in-house. They strive to create living digital art: mobile, handcrafted, ephemeral, and responsive.

Claire Bardainne is a visual artist with a background in graphic design and scenography. Her research focuses on the pictorial and graphic imaginary, graphic signs, especially in their space-constructive capacity.

Adrien Mondot is a multidisciplinary artist, computer scientist and juggler. He is interested in movement, and works at the intersection of juggling art and computer innovation.

Adrien M & Claire B's official website
Instagram: @AdrienMClaireB

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