Louis-Philippe Demers is a
multidisciplinary artist using machines as media. He worked on the
conception and production of several large-scale interactive robotic
installations, so far realizing more than 225 machines. His robotics
works could be found in theatre, opera, subway stations, art museums,
science museums, music events and trade shows. As a freelance designer,
he develops, conceives and realizes interactive systems. He
participated in more than seventy artistic and stage productions while
collaborating with recognized artists such as: Bill Vorn, Christian
Möller, Stelarc, Robert Lepage, Peter Gabriel and Le Cirque du Soleil.
His works have been awarded several prizes and were featured at
major international venues such as Lille 2004, Expo 92, Expo 2000,
Sonambiente, ISEA, SIGGRAPH and Sonar. He received three Interactive
Kunst prizes Ars Electronica (Distinction 96) and one honorable
mention in digital musics in 2005. He received the first prize of
artificial life Vida 2.0 and the prize for Interactive Lighting at
Lightforms 98. Devolution received six prizes in 2006
including the Ruby Innovation Award in South Australia, Outstanding
Performance from Australian Dance Awards and two Helpmann Awards, the
Australian equivalent of the Broadway’s Tony.
From 1994 to 1998, he was the president of Kunst Macchina
Production Company; a group specialized in the commercialization and
the R&D of software solutions for the entertainment. From 2001 to
2005, Demers was a Full Professor of Digital Media and Exhibit Design
at the Hochschule fuer Gestaltung affiliated to the world renowned ZKM
(Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie). In late 2006, Demers joined
NTU at the Interaction and Entertainment Research Centre. Since June
2008, Demers became the Associate Chair Research at the School of Art,
Design and Media.
He is the creator of the robotic work The Tiller Girls, which was performed at V2_ in 2010.