French, 20th century, male.
Active in Paris.
Installation artist, art theorist.
Edmond Couchot is director of research projects and professor at the Université Paris VIII. He directs the department Arts et Technologies de l'Image (Arts and Technologies of the Image). As a theoretician, Couchot is interested in the relationship between art and technology, notably image arts and computer techniques. He has published several articles and a book on the subject. As an artist, he stresses the notion of the interactivity between man and computers using sound and the voice. Techno-scientific capability with regard to computer visualisation is an invitation to more extended thinking about the range of the so-called numerical image. The latter is not a representation of reality, but rather it gives a simulation of it, or more precisely according to F. Popper's definition, 'the numerical image of synthesis is no longer the optical projection of a pre-existing object, but the visualisation of a numerical model that simulates the object'. Virtuality follows on from the discovery of digitizing, from the possibility of handling all support material according to a logical mathematical matrix of numbers, which reciprocally becomes speech, sound, music, painting, drawing, writing or noise. The numerical image includes images of synthesis, images of graphic, photographic, cinematographic or videographic origin. This new image is no longer static once and for all; it continually reacts to programmed data. From the reality of life, it is towards the virtuality of experience that we are oriented, where space and time are, in principle, recreated....