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Birthplace
France

Birth year
1971

Lives in
Chicago

Works in
Chicago

Website

Statement

France Cadet, born in 1971, is a French digital and robotics artist whose work ironically raises questions about various aspects in science debates. First teaching as a volume and robotic professor at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence (2000-2011), she has now joined The School of the Art Institute of Chicago as an associate professor and chair at the Art and Technology Studies department. In addition, she has been giving robot-like training workshops for several years.

Ms. Cadet came from a background in science before turning to artistic studies. Known by her robotic and bio-oriented multi-media installations which combine these two interests, she has done solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, in Europe, Asia (Japan, Korea, China...), Brazil and United-States. Her works is regularly exhibited in international new-media festivals such as Ars Alectronica, Exit, Sonar, Emoção Artificial... likewise in traditional contemporary Art galleries and museums (CAAC in Sevilla, Quadrum Gallery in Lisbon, Pascal Vanhoecke Gallery and Palais de Tokyo in Paris) and Art fairs (ARCO in Madrid, Art Paris and SLICK in Paris…).

She received the 1st Prize of VIDA 6.0, an Art & Artificial Life International competition in Madrid, and was mentioned by the Digital Stadium Awards in Tokyo. Her work was also purchased by the Museum of Contemporary Art, the MEIAC in Spain.

Most of France Cadet’s artworks tackle serious problems but in an ironic and ludic way: funny toys, pleasant games, charming pets, cute robots…

In a large part of her work she uses a commercial robotic dog on which she performed surgery, customized their forms, and reprogrammed them with unusual behaviours. These new strange creatures allow her to embody questions concerning contemporary anxieties about biotechnology, animals rights, dangers of cloning, eugenics, and to make a critical social comment about ethical questions and possible consequences of a technologically driven future, through ironical caricaturization but which is based on very-real facts.

CV

Education:

1995: DNSEP = National Superior Diploma of Artistic Study (taken after 5 years of fine-art courses) Aix-en-Provence School of Art.
1993: DNAP = National Diploma of Artistic Study (taken after 3 years of fine-art courses) - Toulon School of Art.
1990: DEUG A (Sciences) 1st year (University Diploma taken after 2 years of science courses- University of La Garde - France..
1989: BAC C - Sciences (equivalent A level).


Skills:

- Electronics: Conception and realization of PCB.
- Programming (basic, C…).
- Electricity.
- Mechanics.
- Iron work.
- Foudry.
- Volume work (resin, latex, molding, casting...).
-Computer work: 2D, website, programming… (Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash…).


Exhibitions:

              -  Solo:

2008: - "Curiosité articifielle (Artificial Curiosity)" - Numeriscausa Gallery - Paris - France
2007: - "Dog:Lab cuestiona la biotecnología con humor" - Espacio Movistar - Barcelona - Spain
2006: - Solo exhibition- SAGACE Gallery - Pau - France
2004:  - "Plug & Play": Porte-avion Gallery– Marseilles - France
- "Leçons": galleria Quadrum – Lisbon – Portugal.
1999: - "Les Crédébilités Scientifiques" - "Untitled" Gallery - Marseilles - France

              - Group: (selection)

2010: -"Nouveaux Monstres" (New freaks)- LIFE -Saint-Nazaire - France
-"Back to the robots" - SonarMàtica - Sonar 2010 - Barcelona - Spain

-"Shanghai 2010 - Exposition universelle" - Pavillon Lille Europe - Hong Miao Gallery - Shanghai - China
-"Sexe et convenance II" - Pascal Vanhoecke gallery - Paris
-"ART PARIS " with Pascal Vanhoecke gallery - Grand Palais - Paris - France
-"GaMe" - [D.A.M] Gallery - Berlin - Germany
-"Festival des souris, des hommes 1.2" (of mice, of men) - Exhibition "Curiosité Artificielle"(articial curiosity) - Le Carré des Jalles - France
2009: -"Nouveaux Monstres" (new freaks) Saint Sauveur Station - Lille - France
-"Desir - Emoi" - Numérosix Gallery - Aix-en-Provence - France
- "Beware of the plantimal"- Exhibition with Eduardo Kac - Black Box Gallery - Linz - Austria
- "Dessine-moi un mutant"- Scène numérique - Aix-en-Provence - France
- "ART au Paradis"- 10 places on "rue Paradis"- Marseilles - France
- "Gamerz 04 "- Espace Sextius - Aix-en-Provence - France
- "Plus d'histoires..." Carré Sainte-Anne - Montpellier - France
2008: - "Gaude Mihi 2"- Haïdouc Gallery - Bourges - France
- "Homo Ludens Ludens" -
LABoral Centro de Arte - Gijón - Spain
- International Festival
"EXIT 08" - Maison des Arts de Créteil - France (program)
- International Festival
"VIA 08" - Le Manège - Maubeuge - France (program)
- "Urban Living"
Wood Street Galleries - Pittsburgh - USA.
2007: - "Gaude Mihi" Galerie Pascal Vanhoecke - Paris - France.
- "Fastforward on new media art: robots" -
PAN: Palazio delle Arti Napoli - Italy.
- "BIOS 4" CAAC: (Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo) Sevilla - Spain. 
- "Amours, délices et orgues" - La Ferme du Buisson - France.
2006: - "La Provence au Pernambouc": MEPE: Museu do Estado de Pernambuco - Recife - Brazil.
- "Emoção Artficial 3.0" - Sao Paulo - Brazil.
- "SMARt2006" : Symposium - Music, Art and Robotics - Hochschule für Künste Bremen - Germany.
- "META.morfosis" : MEIAC - Badajoz - Spain.
2005: - "Sciart V3.0": National Science Museum - Daejeon - Korea.
- Festival "EXIT" :MAC Créteil – France.
- Festival "VIA": Le manège Maubeuge – France & PASS - Frameries – Belgium.
- "Japan Media Art Festival": Tokyo.
- "DigitaleeMeUTE" : La Friche Belle de Mai - Marseilles - France.
2004: - "Digital Stadium" : NHK - Tokyo.
- "ARS ELECTRONICA 2004": Timeshift – Linz – Austria..
- "Machinista" – International Art & Technology festival - Glasgow.
- "Bloody Mary" – Aperto Gallery– Montpellier - France.
- "ARCO 04" - Fundación Telefónica Stand. - Madrid - Spain.
- "LILLE 2004" : Cultural capital 2004. "Monde Parallèle Robot" - Lille - France.
- "Technopoc’Art" : Museum of the object - Blois - France
2003: - "Arborescence 03" Art, Nature & Technology - Aix-en-Provence - France.
- "Art Dealers 2003" - Roger Pailhas Gallery - Marseilles - France.
2002: - "Je veux" OneStarPress Editions- Realization in "real time" - Palais deTokyo - Paris - France.
- "Guinea Pigs" - La Vilette - PARIS - France - Curating: "Sextant et Plus".
2001: - "Le cerveau" with the contribution of the CNRS - Aix-en-Provence School of Art - Sextius Gallery & Natural History Museum.
- "E&L - L&E" - Eyguesiers Gallery - Aix-en-Provence - France.
1999: - "Le chemin à l'envers" - Motorbike Museum - Marseilles - France.
- "Récréation Contemporaine"- Ha Ha Art Tickle Museum & Marquage gallery - Marseille - France.
1998: - "Ephémère" - Marseilles - France.
- "V'là l'printemps !" - Cargo Gallery - Marseilles - France.
1995: - "Quand les machines rient" - Centre d'Art et de Plaisanterie de Montbéliard - France
- "Altermate - Automate" - "Friche Belle de Mai" Gallery - Marseilles - France.
1994: - "Art Mecanic" - "Pertinente Décadence" Gallery- Marseilles - France.


Editions:

              - Books:

2008: - "Art au paradis" (art in paradise) - catalogue of the exhibition - French.
- "ANTENNAE #9: mechanical animal" - cover + interview + texts - English.
- "NEURAL #32: machine affection" - cover + interview - English
2008: - "Digital Arts, Tendencies, Artists, Places & Festivals" MCD et M21 Editions - French.
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"Homo Ludens Ludens" Catalogue of the exhibition - 3rd episode of the trilogy dedicated to the world of game "Playware", "Gameworld" and "Homo Ludens Ludens"
- Leonardo Vol 41 - N° 1 -"Art Embodies A-Life: The VIDA Competition" - English.
2007: - Carnet Sagace - ESAC Pau - French.
2006: - "Provence - Pernambuco" arte contemprânea - catalogue of the exhibition - English/Portugese.
- "Emoção Artficial 3.0" - English/Portugese.
- "A minima ::" #16 Contemporary visual and conceptual proposals – English/Spanish.
- "METAmorfosis" el museo y el arte en la era digital - English/Spanish.
2005: - "ROBOTS, génèse d’un peuple artificiel" French (Minerva ed) + 2 other editions: English and German.
- "PARACHUTE" n°119: Extra Human AI by Carol Gigliotti - French/English.
- "MAP" Japan Media Art Festival – Tokyo - English/Japanese.
2004: - "Digital Stadium" : English/Japanese.
- "Timeshift" Ars Electronica 2004 – English/German.
- "BELIO:015: Robots": Experimental Art and Design project – English/Spanish.
- "Bloody Mary" catalogue of the exhibition – French.
- "A minima ::" #6 Contemporary visual and conceptual proposals – English/Spanish.
- "ARCO 04" - Feria Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo - Madrid - Spain - English/Spanish.
- "Robots!" – Edition: lille2004 - French/English.
- "R comme robotique" – Rémy Kerténian – Cote Magazine #83 - French.
2003:

- "Trou" n°26 - Special "Art Dealers" - French.
- "Artothèque" Collection 2003. Edition: Sextant et Plus - French.
- "Jeune Création" for the exhibition "Guinea Pigs" in La Vilette – Paris - French.

2002: - "Je Veux" - Editions OneStar Press & Palais de Tokyo - Paris.

              - Texts:

2007: - "Folie canine à l'ère robotique" : Jacque Norigeon - Carnet Sagace - ESAC Pau - June 2007.
2006: - "Robots pour être vrais" : la République des Pyrénées - 29 November 2006.
- "Ces robots chiens sont des clones" : Sud ouest - 23 November 2006.
2005: - "La Vie Artificielle et les Vies des Non-Humains" : Carol Gigliotti - Parachute 119 - French/English.
- "Mutations canines à Exit" : Cathy Blisson - Telerama - French.
- "La science intruse" : Annick Rivoire – Libération - French.
2004: - "Dog[LAB]01": Laurence Rilly - Arte / Cultures électroniques - French.
- "On the lessons": Antonio C-Pinto – English.
- "About Dog[LAB]01"- Jame Coupe - English.
- "Dog[LAB]01"- Chris Csikszentmihalyi - English.
2003:

- "Des souris et des femmes" - Emmanuel Loi - Le "sous-officiel" #14 – French.
- "On vous souhaite bien du plaisir" - Dominique Juan - Cote Magazine #76 – French.


              - Interview:

2009: - Amusement n°4 - March 2009.
- Interview by Sonja Britz for "Antennae 9: Mechanical animals" – English.
- Interview de Alessandro Ludovico pour "NEURAL #32: machine affection" - Anglais.
2004: - Entretien avec Jean-Jacques Leberre, Porte Avion Gallery's director.
- "Arte.Ficial: France Cadet" for "BELIO:015: Robots:" – English/Spanish.
2003: - "Comment faire craquer les hommes : deux leçons de séduction" - Agnès Giard – French.

               - Press:

2009: - "Carrousel de l'érotisme à la galerie numérosix" - La Provence - 11 october 2009
- "Monstres à puces électroniques" - Le Soir - 10 october 2009
- "Monstres ludiques et interactifs" - La Libre - 01 october 2009
- "Monstrueusement décalé" - Nord Eclair - 16 September 2009
- "Métamorphoses abouties à Aix-en-Provence" - Libération - 05 june 2009
- "Parcours d'Art contemporain" - Madame Figaro - 06 june 2009
- "Parcours d'Art Rue Paradis" - Art & Décoration - june 2009
- "L'art au Paradis" - COTE MAGAZINE - May 2009.
- "
D'ARS n°193"
- Amusement n°4 - March 2009.
- "Robot, as-tu donc une âme?" - Cimaise magazine - Caroline figwer - March 2009.
2008: - "Slick, Fiac, Show off et autre diva" - Arte tv - Véronique Godé - 3 November 2008.
- "Curiosité Artificielle" - Arte tv - Véronique Godé - 20 october 2008.
- "Sex and the com" - CB NEWS special Woman & Man - Anne Melcer - 16 June 2008.
-
'Netartistas' introducen estímulos sensoriales en los videojuegos: R. BOSCO - S. CALDANA - El Pais - 8 May 2008.
-
"Entrez dans Exit" : Véronique Godé - Fluctuat Net - April 2008.
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"Des festivals qui décoiffent." : Avantages - April 2008.
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"De l'hybride dans l'Art." : Cathy Blisson - Sortir Telerama - 26 March 2008.
- "Un festival qui bouleversera vos sens" : Guy Duplat - La Libre - 26 March 2008.
- "Un réel peut en cacher un autre" : Jean-Marie Wynants - Le Soir - 21 March 2008.
- "Via: bain électro" : Marie Lechner - Libération - 18 March 2008.
- "Zoom : Portraits-robots de trophées": Astrid Girardeau - Ecrans - Libération - 17 March 2008.
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"Les manipulations robotiques de France Cadet." : Cathy Blisson - Sortir Telerama - 27 February 2008.
- "Art Embodies A-Life: The VIDA Competition" - Leonardo Vol 41, N° 1 - February 2008.
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"Exhibit proposes new amenities for downtown life." : Kurt Shaw - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - 24 February 2008.
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"Art Review: 'Urban Living' gadgets electrify" : Mary Thomas - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 6 February 2008.
2007: - "Le site du jour : CyberDoll, sexe et robotique..." : Astrid Girardeau - Libération - 22 november 2007.
- "Des sextoys qui disent «Oh oouiiiiii !»" : Libéblog - 21 november 2007.
- "Le gode n'est pas un substitut du phallus mais de la main, une main améliorée survoltée" : Agnès Giard - Libération - 24 november 2007.
2006: - "Robots pour être vrais" : la République des Pyrénées - 29 November 2006.
- "Ces robots chiens sont des clones" : Sud ouest - 23 November 2006.
- "Arte e ciência em interseções lúdicas" : Diaro de Pernambuco - 20 September 2006.
- "Provocaçoes digitais" : Folha de S.Paulo - 18 July 2006.
- "Canine cloning" : Bristol Evening Post - 9 February 2006.
2005: - "Farmers' anger at a mad cow robot" : Daily Press - 28 september 2005.
- "Union slams robotic BSE artwork.": BBC news - 28 September 2005.
- "Cultures du sexe. Internet et joystick masturbatoires.": Annick rivoire - Libération #7539 - 5 August 2005.
- "La Vie Artificielle et les Vies des Non-Humains" : Carol Gigliotti - Parachute 119 - July/August/September 2005.
- "Mutations canines à Exit" : Cathy Blisson – Sortir Telerama #2881 – 30 March 2005.
- "La science intruse" : Annick Rivoire - Libération #7432 - 2/3, April 2005.
- "Du rêve et des jeux pour tous" : Jean-Marie Wynants - Le Soir - 12 March 2005.
- "Folies robotiques": Marie Lechner - Libération #7395 – 28 February 2005.
2004: - "Dog[LAB]01" : ARTE / Cultures électroniques. November 2004.
- "Accord parental souhaitable": Ventillo n°112 - Pedro morais. December 2004.
- "Have 25 Years of Progress Helped?" Michelle Délio - Wired news - September 2004.
- "Wer bastelt mit an virtuellen Welten" Der Standard: – 6 September 2004.
- "Crash culture" - Annick Rivoire - Libération #7191.
- "Art from the machine: Gleams of the Inhuman" - James Coupe for Machinista.
- "ABC de ARCO" #5 - 16 Frebuary 2004.
- "Telefónica premia perros robóticos transgenicos" - El Pais/CiberP@is - Text by Roberta Bosco.
- "El Punto" de las artes #729 6-12 February 2004.
2003: - "Digitales Bonnes anées" - Annick Rivoire - Libération #6737. - 10 January 2003.
- "Des souris et des femmes" - Emmanuel Loi - Le "sous-officiel" #14 - May 2003.
- "On vous souhaite bien du plaisir" - Dominique Juan - Cote Magazine #76 - May 2003.
- "Project Room sur les Marseillais" - L’Hebdo Marseille #139 - 3 June 2003.
- "Art Dealers joue seven à Marseille" - Art Sud" - June 2003.
- "Deux nuits de doux délires à l’Ecole d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence" - La Provence - 5 November 2003.
2001: - "Une initiation ludique aux mystères de la robotique" - "La Provence" - 12 September 2001.
- "Pour clore le FER en beauté" - "Nord Eclair" - 31 August 2001- Belgium.
- "Des ateliers de création de robots : un véritable succès ! " - "Nord Eclair" - 17 August 2001- Belgium.
- "Nouvelle Gazette" ed. Centre - 11 August 2001- Belgium.
- "La Province" 7 August 2001 - Belgium.
- "Les robots investissent le PASS" - "La Province" & "Nouvelle Gazette" - 7 August 2001 - Belgium.


Awards:

2005: - Jury recommended work for the "MAP" Japan Media Art Festival – Tokyo - Japan.
2004: - 1st Prize of "Digital Stadium" – Tokyo – Japan.
2003: - 1st Prize of VIDA 6 festival - Madrid - Spain. "Art & Artificial Life International Competition".


Residencies:

2005: - 8 months Residency at Bristol Robotics Laboratory: BRL
- Grant from the Lerverhulme Trust.
2003: - One month Residency at Lezarap’art – Marseilles - France.


Public collection:

2007: - Communauté d’agglomération Pau Pyrénées (CDA) - France
2006: - MEIAC - Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo - Badajoz - Spain


Lectures:

2007: - "Sonde # 0007: Du robot au théâtre" - 34° rencontres d'été - La chartreuse - Villeuneuve lez Avignon - France - Pdf file - See the video
- "BIORAMA"- DRU: Digital Research Unit - Huddersfield - UK
- "Do biologists dream of robotic art?" with Régine Débatty - LIFT07 - Geneva - Suitzerland - See the video
2006: - "Robotics and Interactivity" - "Emoção Artficial 3.0" - Sao Paulo - Brazil.
- "Teaching Robotic Dogs New Tricks" - SMARt2006 - Hochschule für Künste Bremen - Germany.
- "The Art of Behavioral Programming of Robots" - School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
2005: - "Dog[LAB]02 Show'n Tell" Watershed - Bristol - England.
2004: - "L’homme et la machine : vie artificielle, interactivité, robotique": "Arborescence 04" festival - Agora des Sciences – Marseilles - France.
- "Business Japan" : seminar on innovative technologies – Technopole l’Arbois - France.


Work experience :

2011 to now - Associate professor and chair - Département Art and Technology  The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
2004 to 2011: - Volume & Robotics teacher at Aix-en-Provence School of Art - France.
2000 to 2004:

- Robotics teacher at Aix-en-Provence School of Art (extracurricular workshop) - France.
- Creation of the robotics workshop for teenagers (extracurricular workshop).

              - Robotics workshops for adults:

2007: - Workshop "Mechatronics" Hfk:University of the Art - Bremen - Germany.
- "Vida 9: Art, Robotics and Artificial Life" - Madrid - Spain.
- "GAME": Game Art Multiplex Experiments - Aix-en-Provence School of Art - France.
2006: - "The Art of Behavioral Programming of Robots" - School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
2005:

- "IDRE" - Intelligence over the Network- Aix-en-Provence School of Art - France.

2001: - Robotics training for the employees of the PASS Museum – Belgium.

              - Robotics workshops for teenagers:

2007: - Lego Course - Collège R.Rolland - Marseilles - France.
2006: - Lego Course - Collège R.Rolland - Marseilles - France.
2005: - Lego Course - "Sialoo interactive" - Lambesc - France.
- Lego Course - Collège R.Rolland - Marseilles - France.
2004:

- Lego Course - "Sialoo interactive" - Lambesc - France.
- Lego Course - Collège R.Rolland - Marseilles - France.

2003: - Lego Course - "Sialoo interactive" - Lambesc - France.
- Lego Course - Aix-en-Provence School of Art - France.
- Electronics/Robotics Course (15/18 years old) Lycée Châtelier - Marseilles - France.
- Lego Course - Collège R.Rolland - Marseilles - France.
2002: - Robotics/New Media Course(12/18 years old) L'Olivier Bleu - Marseilles - France.
- Lego Course(9/13 years old) - Aix-en-Provence School of Art - France.
- Lego Course - Collège R.Rolland - Marseilles - France.
2001: - "FER au Pass" - "Robotic Experiences Festival" – Lego Course - Belgium.
- Electronics/robotics Course (12/18 years old) L'Olivier Bleu - Marseilles - France.
- Lego Course - Collège l'Estaque - Marseilles - France.
- Electronics/robotics Course (15/18 years old) Collège R.Rolland - Marseilles - France.
2000: - Creation of the robotics workshop for teenagers (extracurricular workshop) at Aix-en-provence School of Art - France.
- "AVIGNONumérique" - Cultural Capital 2000. C.U.T Robotics - Robotics courses.

              - Technical contribution:

2003: - Collaboration with Mathieu Briand on the project SYS*017.ReE.06/PIG-Eq\5*
(autonomous lectronic devices with video camera glasses).
2001: - Technical contribution for Shilpa Gupta's interactive multimedia installation.
1999:

- "CYMAR @ WEIMAR" - Capitale Culturelle 1999
Electronic technician: setting up and maintenance of the exhibition.

1997: - Painting Workshop in collaboration with a stage and writing workshop.


Recent Exhibits

France Cadet participated in these exhibits:

Feb, 2012 Crossing Wires: Technology and Play
Evanston Art Center
 
Jun, 2011 "Curiosité Artificielle" (artificial curiosity)
Ravaisou Gallery
 
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Evanston Art Center Ravaisou Gallery
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