I met Frederic Durieu in differents events like Numer, he is know as a talented and artistic programmer. Today he introduce his personal work.
Can you introduce yourself and Le ciel est Bleu?
My name is Frederic Durieu, I'm 35 years old and I was born in Belgium.I have a training of engineer. I'm living in paris for 4 years. LeCielEstBleu (it means "the sky is blue" in french) is a company doing interactive programs (offline and onLine). Kristine Malden, Jean-Jacques Birge and Nicolas Clauss are my collaborators. The website Lecielestbleu.com is an interactive art laboratory.
How did you discover programming as an art?
I like mathematics and sciences but I think scientific world is too rigid (exactitude and rigour are obligatory). By progamming interactivity with director (lingo), I can use mathematics to do poetry. The theory's exactitude that I use isn't important but the result. I can invent imaginary functions to obtain beautiful effects : it's very exciting. Therefore, in my mind, the programming is algorithmic poesy.
What are you currently doing?
I'm adapting an interactive version of the famous Jerome Bosch painting: " Le jardin des delices "
What are your objectives?
To give pleasure and dreams to people playing with my works. To make a show about interactive art.
What inspires you?
What do you think about multimedia creation, today?
I'm often disappointed, lot of boring things. I don't like game (winning is the goal), I prefer toys (discovering and understanding are the goal). My work is making interactive toys (as in the "alphabet" CD-rom) and I think there isn't enough interesting interactive toys.
What do you think about Japan?
Unfortunately I have never visited Japan. I notice there's is a lot of japanese visitors on my website I think it's because my work is rather close Japanese taste.