Studio Elémentaires is composed of two French artists, Apolline Couverchel & Gauthier Haziza and develops both commissioned projects and production of self-initiated projects.
Our duo gathers complementary practices at the crossing of Living Arts and Visual Arts. Coming from Theater, our respective education in set design and lighting design has revealed us the language of Performing Arts. The light orchestrates time, the stage transforms spaces.
Theater’s arts and techniques are composing in harmony to provide an experience in real-time. Foundation of our practice, Theater has shaped us to have an eye on the present moment to translate its story into sensitive acts.
Since the studio’s creation in 2013, we have aimed to export out of the theater’s walls our scenic approach of space. We are attached to enrich the specificity of this language when in contact with new territories.
Our artistic installations translate an experience of a present context, inspired by the environment that surrounds us.
Each project is single, as well in its content as in its form.
We engage the setting up of a specific working format for each artistic production. We don’t aim for repetition but interactions for inventing new frames of stories.
The expression of an idea convokes a particular technique and our realisations take shape under various scales, from object to small architecture.
The transversality of our fields of application enables us to constantly develop our tools and skills. We work at the crossing of crafts and new technologies.
Visual artist / Set designer
Visual artist / Light & interaction designer
SHANG XIA – HERMÈS GROUP
April 2016 – January 2017
Studio Élementaires was invited by Qiong-Er Jiang, Founder & Artistic Director of SHANG XIA to design the new Cultural Object, In the Moment.
SHANG XIA is a brand for art of living, committed to innovative design which brings to modern life the Chinese sense of style and the virtuosity of traditional crafts.
“As above, so below”, the name SHANG XIA is simple but profound. It evokes the heritage and the construction of intangible bridges which link traditions and the present, East and West, Art and Lifestyle, Human and Nature.
THE SWATCH ART PEACE HOTEL
March – July 2015
Studio Élementaires was invited to stay at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel Residency in Shanghai during a four months period.
The Swatch Art Peace Hotel artist residency gathers artists from all around the world to experience a unique cultural environment dedicated to contemporary art.
In this residency program, we worked on two projects inspired by traditionnal chinese kites and the concept of time – Ciels-Volants and Passe-Temps.
ATELIER LUMIÈRE – FABLIGHT
Head of Education
ENSAAMA – Olivier de Serres
We are attached to share our craft, acting in the National School of Applied Art.
The Fablight – Atelier Lumière – forms a common core inside the interdisciplinary school focusing on arts and technics of lighting design.
We converge learning process and experimentations through different working groups, extended by a specific lecture program and outdoors workshops.
We collaborate with
Shang Xia brand – Hermès group
Windows design of Shanghai and Beijing Boutiques
Style One – Concept store
Lever de Rideau – kinetic installation
Kids fashion show – set design
Maia Active brand – Fashion
AW Lookbook – set design
Artist Daliah Spiegel
Meneater – Interactive installation
Artist Elliott Causse
Pendulum, in Flux 7 exhibition – kinetic installation
Prismes – kinetic installation
Light House, in Flux Élémentaires exhibition – kinetic installation
Car Crash – interactive and kinetic installation
Compagnie Astrakan – Daniel Larrieu
Flow 612 – drawing and interaction design
Camille Roy, stage director
Set & light design
Paris, 2013 – 2014 – 2015 – 2016
Hotel Renaissance Trocadero
Kinetic light installation with Artist Dominique Doulain
Dior – research and art direction for an exhibition project
Royal College of Music
The Infinite Bridge – artistic consulting
Sophie Loucachevsky, stage director
Conservatoire National Supérieur d’Art Dramatique
Two Way Mirror – set and light design
RATP – research and art direction
Consulting for Oxford Big Project
Pascal Bernardin – Encore Production
Illusions exhibition – research and art direction
Tsvetnoy Central Market
Represented by JR & Associée agency
2013, AW Lookbook – set design
2014, SS Campaign – set design
Dusan – Officine Générale – Damir Doma
The Chalet Society,
The Hidden Word Exhibition – interactive installation
Chef Paul Pairet
Palais des Beaux Arts de Paris
Twins – kinetic installation for Cookbook exhibition
Orchestre culinaire – interactive installation
Shanghai, 2013 – 2014
École Normale Supérieure
La Nuit Sartre – light installation
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