Maurice Benayoun (MoBen or 莫奔) is a French pioneer new media artist and theorist residing in Paris/Hong Kong. He uses many forms of media in his work including video, immersive virtual reality, the web, wireless technology, performance, large-scale urban art installations and interactive exhibitions.
Below is a recent quote from him:
“ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, REAL TIME GRAPHICS, SOUND GENERATION, MULTISENSORY APPARATUSES AND ROBOTICS MAY BE HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED, BUT MAKING ART IS NOT JUST A COMPLEX FORM OF DIY TO BE CONFUSED WITH FUNNY ELECTRONIC GADGETS” – Benayoun
I chose to explore “The Tunnel under the Atlantic, 1995” by him, an experimental work using tele-virtuality that allows users situated on each side of the Atlantic Ocean, Paris and Montreal, to meet each others and to interact in a virtual space they have created together.