The Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF), which runs from November 3 to 12, features Jean-Michel Jarre as guest of honor. The French musician is presenting his latest immersive project, The Eye and I, giving a masterclass and will receive an award.
Technology in the service of art
Widely recognized as one of the pioneers of electronic music, Jean-Michel Jarre began his musical career in the 1970s, quickly gaining international acclaim with his 1976 album, Oxygène.
Renowned for his exploration of new technologies and his giant concerts conceived as artistic multimedia experiences, Jean-Michel Jarre chairs the “Immersive Creation” Commission of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée since 2022.
The Eye and I
The musician will be on hand for the world premiere of his latest immersive production, The Eye and I. This virtual reality experience highlights the issue of surveillance in contemporary society through the music of Jean-Michel Jarre and the images of Taiwanese media creator Hsin-Chien Huang.
The work is based on the panopticon concept devised by 18th-century utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham. During the experience, viewers can move around different rooms to feel the surveillance hidden in the real and virtual worlds. The Eye and I will be presented in the immersive space Territoires Virtuels throughout the 29th GIFF edition, from November 3 to 12, 2023.
Masterclass and awards ceremony
Jean-Michel Jarre will retrace his musical career and talk about his interest in new technologies during a public masterclass on November 7th.
The artist will receive the Film & Beyond Award in recognition for his contribution to music and the digital arts. Each year, the award honors an interdisciplinary artist for lifetime achievement. Jean-Michel Jarre join perivous winners Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2016), Abel Ferrara (2017), Peter Greenaway (2018), Park Chan-wook (2019), Woodkid (2020), Riad Sattouf (2021) and Alexandre Astier (2022).
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