Disnovation, Nicolas Maigret in Residence at Parsons Paris

Parsons Paris is pleased to welcome Nicolas Maigret for his research “Disnovation” commissioned by Benjamin Gaulon, director of the MFA Design + Technology.
“Disnovation” is a critical exploration of the mechanics and rhetoric of innovation.

While in residence Nicolas Maigret’s will participate in the Parsons Paris community at the following events:

  • Public talk as part of the Dorkbot meetings, April 3rd
  • Series of workshops on “Disnovation” April 23rd & May 14th
  • Research blog [coming soon]
Nicolas Maigret’s work in digital art and sound exposes the internal workings of media, through a reflection on their errors, their dysfunctions, their limitations or failure thresholds, through immersive, sensory audio-visual experiences. After completing studies in inter-media art, Maigret joined the Locus Sonus lab, where he explored networks as a creative tool. He taught at École des beaux-arts de Bordeaux and co-founded the collective Art of Failure in 2006. He is also involved with the project Platforme, an artist-run centre in Paris.


The Pirate Cinema makes the hidden activity and geography of Peer-to-Peer file sharing visible.

Conception: Nicolas Maigret | Software development: Brendan Howell


Listen to the surface of the earth transposed into the groove of a vinyl record.
Introduction video.

Conception: Nicolas Maigret, Nicolas Montgermont


Since 2006, the Art of Failure collective has been sending bass frequencies into remarkable architectural structures. These experiences reveal building’s specific acoustic and vibrating qualities.

Conception: Nicolas Maigret, Jeremy Gravayat, Nicolas Montgermont


Concrete and tangible binary code exploration, “System Introspection” is best understood as the physical experience of a computer’s numerical data by meticulous observation of the machine by itself.


Nicolas Maigret’s work has been presented in international festivals, galleries and museums: Sonar (Barcenola, ES) – File (Sao Paulo, BR) – Museum of Art and Design (New York, USA) – SETI (San Francisco, USA) – Upgrade! (Chicago, USA) – Eastern Bloc (Montreal, CA) – Gli.tc/h (Birmingham, UK) – Sonica (Ljubljana, SI) – Leeds Film Festival (UK) – Mapping Festival (Genève, CH) – National Gallery (Kosice, SK) – Cimatics (Brussels, BE) – Gaite Lyrique (Paris, FR)…

The residency runs March 15-April 15, 2014.
More of Nicolas’ work can be seen online: