|Maurice Benayoun is a transmedia artist born in 1957. His work explores the potentiality of various media from video, to virtual reality, Web and wireless art, public space large scale art installations and interactive exhibitions. Maurice Benayoun's work has been widely exhibited all over the world and received numerous international awards and prizes.
Co-founder in 1987 of Z-A (Paris) a pioneer Computer Graphics and VR lab, Maurice Benayoun, between 1990 and 1993, wrote with François Schuiten and directed The Quarxs, the first HDTV CG series widely awarded and broadcast in more than 15 countries. In 1993, he is prize-winner of the Villa Medicis Hors Les Murs grant of the Foreign Ministry for his Art After Museum project, a contemporary art collection in virtual reality.
After 1993, he creates VR, Web art and interactive art installations. Among them, in 1995, the Tunnel under the Atlantic, televirtual project linking the Pompidou center, in Paris, and the Museum of contemporary art, in Montreal. In 1998, he won the Golden Nica, Prix Ars Electronica, Interactive Art category for World Skin, a Photo Safari in the Land of War. Both works are considered by critics as major works in the field of interactive art. Invited artist at the ZKM, Germany, Ars Electronica Center Austria, ICC Tokyo, Art Center Nabi Seoul, National School of Fine Arts Paris… Professor of media art at the university Paris 1, Pantheon-Sorbonne, he is co-founder and co-director of the CITU research center (Création Interactive Transdisciplinaire Universitaire) that he is currently co-directing. www.moben.net