Visions of the Digital World



Gilles Tarabiscuité




About the Artist

After studies in GERMAN LANGUAGE (Laval University in Quebec, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg, Germany, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität in Freiburg, Germany), I pursued studies in POLITICAL SCIENCE (B.A. Political Science, McGill University, Montreal + M.A., Political Science, Université de Montréal :
Stalinism in the Age of Glasnost and Perestroika). I finally ended up in ART HISTORY (Minor, Université de Montréal + Ph.D., McGill University, Montréal). At the PhD level (not completed), I worked on the history of collections in the 16th and 17th centuries, more precisely on cabinets of curiosities.

Today, I practice contemporary photography and installation. In the age of artificial intelligence, I am interested in the relationship between humans and digital technologies. My main preoccupation is to rematerialize the art object, to put in space, in three dimensions, the images generated and intended for flat screens. In the context of a large-scale dissemination of digital technologies, I try to think about ways to create links, passages between the material and immaterial, physical and digital dichotomies. I teach multimedia and photography at Cégep Marie-Victorin in Montreal in the graphics department.

My work has been exhibited in Japan, Germany (European Month of Photography - 2018), Greece (MonitorFest - 2018), France (Geste Paris - 2019 with Andreas Gursky, Marina Abramovič, Joel-Peter Witkin among others), the Netherlands (World Press Photo Exhibition Rotterdam + Rotterdam Photo Festival - 2020) to mention a few exhibitions.

About the Works

How to make digital art without a computer? How to take a “real“ photograph that doesn’t look like a photograph? This is what I’m trying to do. I’m trying to imitate computer made images without using any computer. To do this, I build installations with wood in polygonal shapes on which I paste printed photographs. I then do a photo shoot of these installations with strobe lights. The result gives the impression of digitally manufactured images. But in fact, those photographs constitute pure photography, without any recourse to alteration or computer
tampering. In my work, I explore the relationship between man and the machine and the reception / perception of images in the context of digitization and artificial intelligence.

In the age of artificial intelligence, I am interested in the relationship between humans and digital technologies. My main preoccupation is to rematerialize the art object, to put in space, in three dimensions, the images generated and intended for flat screens. In the context of a large-scale dissemination of digital technologies, I try to think about ways to create links, bridges between the material and immaterial, physical and digital dichotomies.





Ryerson Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.
Ryerson Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.