Installation artist Antoine Schmitt creates artworks in the form of objects, installations and situations to address the processes of movement and question their intrinsic flaws, whether of plastic, philosophical or social nature. From a background of kinetic art and cybernetic art, nourished by metaphysical science-fiction, he endlessly interrogates the dynamic interactions between human nature and the nature of reality. Originally a programming engineer in human computer relations and artificial intelligence, Schmitt now places the program, a contemporary artistic material and unique by its active quality, at the core of his artworks, revealing and literally manipulating the forces at stake. He asks the question of movement, its causes and its shapes using a precise and minimal aesthetic. Antoine Schmitt, alone or through collaborations, has undertaken an articulation of this approach with more established artistic fields like music, dance, architecture, literature or cinema. As theoretician, speaker and editor of the gratin.org portal, he explores the field of programmed art.
His work has received several awards in international festivals: transmediale (Berlin, second prize 2007, honorary 2001), Ars Electronica (Linz, second prize 2009), UNESCO International Festival of Video-Dance (Paris, first prize online 2002), Digital Turku (Turku, FI, honorary, 2011), Vida 5.0 (Madrid, honorary 2002), CYNETart (Dresden, honorary 2004), medi@terra (Athens, first prize 1999), Interférences (Belfort, first prize 2000), machinista 2003 (Russia), and has been exhibited among others at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011), at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris, 2009), at Sonar (Barcelona, 2002, 2004, 2005), at Ars Electronica (Linz, 2003, 2009), at the CAC of Sienna (Italy, 2004), at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (France, 1997), and in Nuits Blanches (Paris 2004, 2008, Amiens 2007, Metz 2009, Bruxelles et Madrid 2010).
Antoine Schmitt's work is part of the collections of the Espace Gantner (Bourogne, FR); Cube (Issy-Mx, FR); Paris Municipal Contemporary Art Fund (FMAC); Meeschaert Collection (Paris-NY); Artphilein Foundation (CH); Frankel Foundation (USA); Société Générale (Paris), Borusan Collection (USA).
Schmitt lives and works in Paris (FR).