Bérénice Serra

French media artist and researcher based in Caen (FR) and Zürich (CH). Her work and research focus on the notion of publication — how contents go public in the digital age.

Her projects can be web-to-print books, installations, digital drawings, web based projects, interventions and performances. She releases most of her work under open source and creative commons licences.

She teaches art publishing and digital art in Normandy, France.


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NEWS

Athens Digital Arts Festival, 10.2021, artist talk, online.
Les écologies du numérique, soon, book (participation), ESAD Orléans, FR.
No School Nevers, 08.2021, artist talk, Nevers, FR.
Volumes Book Club, 06.2021, artist talk, Kunsthalle, Zürich, CH.
Collection Livres d'artistes, acquisition, FRAC Normandie Rouen, FR.

Tradescantia
Self-hosted website on ESP32
2021


berenice-serra.com/tradescantia

I developed tradescantia during NØ SCHOOL Nevers 2021 as a way of reflecting on self-hosting web-based artworks. This project has two components: a webpage hosted on a ESP32 (microcontroller) and a QR code which was printed with solar energy using photosynthesis.
The ink is 100% chlorophyll.

Swipe
Working drawing
2020



Modus Tollens
Mirage Festival, Lyon, FR
2020



Group exhibition feating my work Customs. Images: Kévin Ardito

Inspired by the story of Audrey Batonneau, former research officer in nanobiotechnology, the artists and researchers of the Digital Research Unit wanted to group several proposals that reflect their experience and their unique vision of the world in a paradoxical relationship with the truth within a digitalised hyper-information society. Artworks by K. Ardito, A. Barthélémy, O. Demurger, A. Desaubliaux, V. Godard, L. Gouhier, D-O. Lartigaud, B. Serra, G. Seyller.

Customs
database, suitcases, website
2020



« Vos données personnelles ont été prélevées sur l’étiquette de votre bagage, dans un train que vous avez pris récemment et dans lequel je me trouvais. » A database (last name, first name, address, telephone number, e-mail) constituted outside of digital environments allows the proposal of service and/or collaboration in the manner of a targeted advertisement.

Volumes Art Publishing Days
Zürich, CH
2020


Project selected for the Volumes Award 2020: volumeszurich.ch/award-2020

berenice-serra.com/swipe

The Swipe notebook is a writing copybook that enquires into forms of writing in the digital age. Developed in 2020, during the quarantine period due to the coronavirus outbreak, this edition is conceived to be accessible to everyone from their place of residence. It can be printed from a website, following the web-to-print technique.

Swipe on paper
HTML + CSS Print, digital print
2020



The Swipe project proposes to learn a writing system inspired by the principle of gestural text entry. Swipe considers trails produced by the use of the virtual keyboard as a writing system in its own right. The writing copybook contains practical and poetic exercises to learn this writing system outside its digital environment.

Swipe on keyboard
translation app, Processing
2019



Development: Bérénice Serra and Jacques-Daniel Pillon

Swype is a virtual keyboard developed for touchscreen smartphones and tablets that allows the user to write by sliding his finger from the first to the last letter of a word. Using a predictive text system, this keyboard can achieve a writing speed of 50 words per minute. The Swipe project proposes a translation app that highlights a link between writing speed and the enrichment of language through graphic writing by recording the signs generated with the Swype keyboard. Each word then produces a new sign.

Space cheap, pop culture & science fiction
Le Shadok, Strasbourg, FR
2019



Group exhibition feating my work Swipe, Strasbourg, July 2019.

Space Cheap, pop culture and science fiction is a hybrid exhibition offering multiple perspectives on science fiction (SF). Far from reducing SF to mere "folklore", this exhibition presents artists and designers whose works dialogue with the imaginary of science fiction by tracing a more or less utopian future. Artworks and texts by Damien Baïs, Thomas Barbé, Alain Barthélémy, Ophélie Demurger, Alix Desaubliaux, Pierrick Faure, Valentin Godard, Martin Guillaumie, Jérémie Nuel, Bérénice Serra, Maeva Borg, Alexandre Lefebvre, Claire Malot and Nicolas Nova.

Public talk
After social networks, ENSAD, Paris, FR
2019



after-social-networks.com

Les îles intérieures
Mirage Festival, Lyon, FR
2019



Group exhibition feating my work Les expéditionnistes, Mirage Festival, March 2019.
Images: Marion Bornaz


Within the exhibition, the public is invited to rethink the sharing of information, focusing on the relationship between individuals. Unlike bots and the algorithmic web, it is the relationship between humans that will be discussed here. Following the example of peer2peer, the digital exhibition is thought of as a living and unstable object that changes according to the present actors.

Valis
Ars Electronica, Linz, AU
2019



Group exhibition feating my work Swipe, Ars Electronica: Out of the Box, September 2019.

This year, Ars Electronica celebrates its 40th anniversary and, as always, turns its gaze forward in an artistic and scientific survey of digital reality, its prospects and our options for action. In keeping with its title, “Out of the Box — the Midlife Crisis of the Digital Revolution,” we embark on an expedition to artistically and scientifically survey our modern world and its techno-economic influences, its prospects and our options for action.

Autonomie Zéro
Biennale Némo, Cité internationale des arts, Paris, FR
2019



Group exhibition feating my work Résidence, Biennale Némo, November 2019.

The Autonomie Zéro exhibition aims to put the human back into the machine as well as to reveal the importance of the decisions or intuitions that are ours and will probably remain ours for a long time to come. Algorithms, we are told, are likely to learn by themselves if they are stimulated. It is this essential stimulation that we want to examine here, through the works of artists as closely as possible to the technical devices they use to create together. The de-dramatization of the absence or loss of autonomy allows us to consider interdependence as the primary value of today's art in this all-digital era.

Résidence
catalog of the online exhibition,
print-on-demand
2019



berenice-serra.com/residence

Residence is an exhibition protocol designed by Bérénice Serra. It is open to all and relies on the functions of the Google Street View application for smartphone. Established on the model of the artistic residency, Residence welcomes singular works as an online residency program, available 24/24h. The first edition of the catalogue was printed in 500 copies in March 2019.

Interstice
Territoires Pionniers, Caen, FR
2019



Solo exhibition at Territoires Pionniers - Maison de l'architecture Normandie, Caen, FR.
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Residence
Online exhibition, 360 images, website
2018



berenice-serra.com/residence

The Résidence protocol allows anyone to download, modify and re-upload 360 views inside the Google Street View platform. It relies on the open publishing tool contained in the Street View application for smartphone, which allows any user to augment the online visual mapping. This tool, initially set up to release the responsibility of the American company towards the published contents - by applying the copyright on the images taken by the users — opens a creative breach in its use. The photos are not subject to any moderation by Google and will only be removed if "undesirable content" is reported. Embracing the opportunities for detour given by the very functioning of the publication tool, this project now includes the participation of Marion Balac, Raphaël Fabre, Arzhel Prioul, Seitoung, Bérénice Serra, Julien Toulze and Mathieu Tremblin. The works are visible online by all users of Google Street View.

Residence
Working drawing
2018



Inaugural exhibition
Réfectoire des nonnes, Lyon, FR
2017



Group exhibition feating my work Public, Réfectoire des nonnes, October 2017.

Public
free newspaper, 100 copies
2017



Collection: FRAC Normandie Rouen, acquisition 2021

In electronics stores all over the world, smartphones are on display for potential buyers. Attached to the furniture, these tilted and aligned objects are no longer "mobile" or even "personal". However, all the primary functionalities integrated into smartphones are operational: note-taking, calendar, contacts, camera, clock, etc. Some visitors then activate the camera — by default, the one on the front of the device. Once the shot is decided, the image is stored automatically (and without intervention) in the phone's image gallery. Since 2014, the PUBLIC project has consisted of collecting the portraits left on these phones. The primary challenge of this collection is to rethink the circulation of these user-generated images and their mode of distribution. In places open to the public, the distribution of the free newspaper PUBLIC reactivates specific plastic stakes linked to the history of the portrait, at the time of the databases involving the algorithms of facial recognition.

Galerie
Performance
2016

berenice-serra.com/galerie

Galerie was performed on October 22, 2016 at the FNAC store — Champs-Élysées in Paris.
With the collaboration of Julien Nédelec, Benoît Pype, Eric Watier, Guillaume Viaud, Selma Lepart, Michaël Sellam.

Galerie
Offline exhibition, performance
2016



Press review by Romain Semeteys: lechassis.fr

Group exhibition hijacking smartphones in electronics stores. With the collaboration of Julien Nédelec, Benoît Pype, Eric Watier, Guillaume Viaud, Selma Lepart and Michaël Sellam.

Galerie
Working drawing
2016



Public
Collection of images, website
2014-2017



In electronics stores all over the world, smartphones are on display for potential buyers. Attached to the furniture, these tilted and aligned objects are no longer "mobile" or even "personal". However, all the primary functionalities integrated into smartphones are operational: note-taking, calendar, contacts, camera, clock, etc. Some visitors then activate the camera — by default, the one on the front of the device. Once the shot is decided, the image is stored automatically (and without intervention) in the phone's image gallery. Since 2014, the PUBLIC project has consisted of collecting the portraits left on these phones.

Petipeu étalon
Sculpture, silver
2014



Finalist of the Marc Charras — Creation & Invention Prize 2015

Nowadays all scales can be measured between the index and the thumb. This sculpture forces a unique measure of the gesture that usually accompanies the expression "just a little bit". The only measure that could be contained, before digital tools, between the index finger and the thumb.

A-T-T-E-N-T-I-O-N
Biennale Internationale Design
Saint-Étienne, FR
2015



A-T-T-E-N-T-I-O-N is a group exhibition, feating my work Petitpeu étalon, curated by David-Olivier Lartigaud and Samuel Vermeil. Images: ©Aldo Paredes

And if in the context of our digital society, where we delegate attention to machines to extract meaning from the billions of data generated on a daily basis, human attention has retained its value to the extent that it is at the heart of an "economy" that is constantly being redefined, ranging from the concentrated user (playing a video game or using software, for example) to young social media users who have become adept at multi-tasking. All the more reason to question how we develop, from an ethical, structural and aesthetic point view, the objects and environment that make up our daily, connected world.