In 1999, fabric | ch created La Fabrique, a digital gallery built for "the 2nd World" of Canal+ (Le 2ème Monde in French), a predecessor of 2nd Life, but in a digital and realistic copy of Paris. We designed La Fabrique to question this very banal and functional approach of 3d MMOGs (massively multi-player on-line games). During three years, it hosted several exhibitions, which speculative topics were relevant in our work around the end of 20th century:
- La Fabrique 00: Digital Prosthesis (1999), featured artists and designers interested in net art like Andy Best, Cristiano Bianchi, Jacques Perconte, Maurice Clifford, Steve Guynup, Victoria Vesna & Craig Brown
- La Fabrique 01: Recombinant Interiors (2000), featured students of ETHZ (CAAD), directed by Prof. Maia Engeli, Prof. Andrew Vande Moere
- La Fabrique 10: Algorithmic Manipulations (2001), featured students of ECAL (MID), directed by Prof. Patrick Keller
- La Fabrique 11: Diffused Energies (unreleased), should have featured contemporary artists, writers and architects like Dominique Gonzalez Foerster, Berdaguer & Péjus, Maurice Dantec or LAB[AU] in 2001, but has not been completed up to now.
A retrospective exhibit is organized at Siggraph 2010 in Los Angeles by Steve Guynup, one of the artists who took part to the first release of La Fabrique.
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