Eric Joris is a visual artist, working with multimedia, film, cartoon and design. He is the artistic director and key figure behind CREW, a Belgium-based performance group that develops experimental works at the interstices of live art and technology: robotics, computer sciences and theater.
background comprises filmmaking, visual arts, economics, and industrial
design. (Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts (Antwerp), film directing at
the RITS Media Institute (Brussels), languages and art history at the
Sorbonne (Paris), Cambridge University (UK), Collegium Palatinum
(Heidelberg), and economics at the European Executive training
program in Japan (of the European Commission).
In 1991 he started making strips (Bandes Dessinées) such as "Chelsy" or "Les Cuisiniers Dangereux". In 1995,
with the arrival of digital drawing boards, the internet and
computer games, he took his cartoon strips into new media and
experimented with them in theater. After 2000, he focused on conceiving a theatrical
environment using "multimedia as a prosthesis" and redefined CREW, a small organisation composed of scientists and
artists that became the organisational and artistic vehicle for this.
Since "Crash", from 2004, the group is developing immersive technology
together with entirely new theatrical concepts, whereas audience become the protagonists, ‘performing’
at the inside of the image and sound, at the inside of the story…