Here are the main criticisms
2019. Julie Fortin
2012. CRDP de Versailles
2013. Robert Hopkins
2011. Violaine Brissart
2010. Annick Mambon
2008. Laurence Argueyrolles
2007. Michel Serpin
2001. Janny Plessis Lumeau
1998. Julien Kostrèche
1998. Sophie Bouniot
Julie Fortin – Philosopher – June 2019
“There is no art, no past, no future. Art that is not in the present will never be.” Pablo Picasso.
If art can cross time, styles, influences and other currents, it is nonetheless that it is in perpetual mutation. It reflects the evolution of techniques, materials, technologies. Art is inspired by society and its contemporaries. It is timeless but fits in its time and the mark of its imprint by its influences, trends and declensions.
The advent of cybernetics has been a notorious societal marker since the end of the twentieth century. Technological objects have taken a prominent place in our lives, sometimes even taking the place of man and creating in him new desires and possibilities by making possible today the impossible of yesterday. And tomorrow ?
Le artistic movement of the cybertrash provides an answer through the subtle assembly of electrical and electronic components intended from their genesis to an obsolescence programmed because of technological advances that take place. Initiated in the 1990s by the contemporary sculptor Rémy Tassou, the cybertrash magnifies the rejections of these machines that were part of our daily lives by revealing their hidden beauty so often ignored until then.
I discovered Rémy Tassou’s work almost a year ago.
At first somewhat astonished by this innovative art, I became more interested in his works. I discovered a beauty at first unsuspected because the eye is conditioned to see the pieces that make up these artistic puzzles in their original environment.
The artwork “Nikon” is the one that marked me the most. This imposing totem is an assembly of silver cameras now collectors and testifies to the technological breakthrough that occurred with the advent of digital. This work symbolizes the cybertrash by its raw size, the cameras are assembled in their entirety to form a harmonious mass. Passionate about the image, this timeless work represents in my opinion the photograph of the evolution of the devices.
The wall sculpture called “Roadrunner” also caught my eye because you can see another side of cybertrash. Square-shaped with golden tones reminiscent of classical works, it is divided into distinct levels but intertwined with each other in a resolutely modern style. The contrast is striking between the meticulous structural articulation of the work and the aesthetic restitution performed by an alloy of multiple components (capacitors, resistors, etc.) from different electronic parts.
Moreover, the art of Tassou is fully in line with the ecological concerns of our time by offering obsolete electronic objects a surprising but beneficial form of recycling. The fact that the raw material of this art is drawn from the existing limits consumption and shows the way in terms of resources used. This is especially true when you see the final result on these totems and other wall sculptures.
Rémy Tassou’s artistic work has already given him many opportunities, but I think that his works and the cybertrash movement are gaining more recognition and recognition, both for their artistic quality and for their eco-responsible approach. it helps.
Robert Hopkins – Journalist – Engadiner Post – July 13th, 2013
Rémy Tassou is currently exhibiting a selection of his strikingly original works in Switzerland for the first time, and, rather appropriately, he has gone straight to the top, for this exposition is at no other than the prestigious Suvretta House Hotel in St Moritz at 6,043 above sea level.
On one other occasion a decade ago on the same premises, the German watchmaker Glashütte exhibited a selection of its time pieces and on view was a blown-up version of the workings of one of its products in all its mechanical glory.
Through its size it was quite impractical, but there was great beauty in its asymmetrical functionality.
It seems Tassou, too, knows what appeals the Swiss psyche, namely orderliness, precision, technology. For his works are functionless, too, yet they all appear as if they have been removed from some highly sophisticated piece of high-tech hardware. More than this, they exude a form of beauty alien to the natural world, but beautiful nevertheless.
Old circuits and other electrical parts have all been carefully arranged to enable the viewer to forget their intended purpose and just concentrate on their simple beauty.
Some have been framed in traditional gilded frames, other works are free-standing like totem poles.
Either way, they would fit in with the most modern interior decor, or make a striking statement in more traditional surroundings. What is more, each one can look quite different depending on the way it is lit.
It is no wonder so many of Tassou’s works have been sold in cities of such widely different cultural backgrounds as London, Kuwait, Moscow and Singapore.
Centre Régional de Documentation Pédagogique de Versailles. – Revue Docsciences – 2012, October.
Telephony-based wall sculpture and motherboards,
129 x 123 x 17 cm, 42 kg.
The object manufactured in art has its tradition: Pablo Picasso invents collage in 1912, Marcel Duchamp creates his first ready-made in 1913. Other artists choose used objects: Kurt Schwitters collects old paper, Pierre Buraglio works with window frames and Arman raises bins to the rank of works when Jean Tinguely recovers old wheels. Today, the technological object is outdated and doomed before being worn out.
The artist Rémy Tassou disembowels him and composes accumulations with his guts: he draws a protean work with abstract and ornamental motifs where sculptures, columns and wall reliefs intersect. With cybertrash art, Rémy Tassou gives birth to the new icons of a civilization that reveres its technology.
The work is frontal. On a golden background almost monochrome stands out the form with contrasting values, punctuated by some saturated colors. The viscera of the machine compose the background, its envelope the pattern.
Multiple analogous objects are juxtaposed. They represent a unique sign without any link with them but a set of formal rhymes brings them together: the drawing of the heart redoubles the curves and lines of the handsets.
In addition to seeing, the object engages the touch, the word, and the other through the handset.
Violaine Brissart – Recyclages Récupération – N°6 – February 2011
Rémy Tassou. Cybertrash sculptor.
Rémy Tassou dissects the guts of computer machines. In his workshop Grasse, electrical and electronic components metamorphose into sculptures and totems.
All day long, Rémy Tassou juggles balance sheets and income statements. But it’s the evening he comes to his true passion: electronic components. “Electronics was born in 1945, and I, ten years later, the appearance of these materials coincides with my presence on this planet,” he says, convinced that the invention of electronics is as important than the discovery of fire. Fascinated by these colorful and aesthetic materials, he dismantles with curiosity electrical and electronic objects and exhibits his findings. When invited to dinner, he enjoys replacing the traditional bottle of wine with a bottle filled with memory sticks. “Such a bottle has a computing power superior to any computer!”, He jokes. The apprentice artist notices that his friends keep his presents. Better: they highlight them in their living room.
The concept of cybertrash is born. “To create is to do something that does not exist.” By taking hold of a material that previous generations could not have imagined, many possible creations were offered to me. to confront an art such as painting … “, he judges. When the Reuters subsidiary he is working for restructured in 2000, he became a full-time sculptor. He moved to Grasse and began to recover mobile phones, cathode ray deflectors, capacitors, microprocessors, resistors, fuses and other motherboards in the waste disposal centers. He sorts them meticulously, by color, and transforms them into his studio-gallery.
A work like Second Life summarizes its approach, offering three possible readings: aesthetic, ecological and historical. “This chrome planet made up of home electronics represents a reflection on the recycling of WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment: Ed) on the entire planet.This is also a plastic research that gives to see a material that we do not usually see.
Finally, my work is the memory of a cybernetics doomed to obsolescence barely elaborate, explains the artist. Ultimately, the electronics will be totally invisible. My sculptures are heritage works because they are destined to disappear. Most of the components I use are no longer manufactured … “.
These “antiquities of the future”, which are exhibited in various galleries in the south of France, have also joined the walls of collectors, including Karl Lagerfeld.
Annick Mambon – Nice-Matin – 3 juin 2010
Contemporary art, when Rémy Tassou recycles.
In the hands of Rémy Tassou, recycled objects become the basis of sober and eloquent works of art.
For three years, Rémy Tassou tried to convince radio listeners that ” there is no more beautiful collection than a collection of contemporary art “. Taking up Dubuffet’s reflection, according to which ” art must arise where we do not expect it “, the cybertrash artist, installed place de la Poissonnerie, exhibits his sculptures permanently in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Art Seiller gallery, but also, lately in a place to say the least unusual: the glass roof of the Center Leclerc. ” Contemporary art has its place in this type of structure !” And these eight sculptures, including two more than 200 kilos, were appreciated by the public and the clientele, whether you are an art lover or not … or sensitized to waste management.
From the laptop to the work.
Thus, the Syndicat Intercommunal of Valorization of the Waste of the zone Cannes / Grasse, had appealed to him. “I find that organizing a collection of small electronic and electrical equipment is a clever move. This waste is an environmental problem. Incinerated with household waste, they are dangerous. But become harmless from the moment when sorted, they are recycled by industrial”.
By depositing his expired mobile phone, we make a concrete and humanitarian gesture and we participate in the development of a sculpture !
He decided to take the opposite of these artists who show striking and aesthetic images taken by helicopter.
According to Rémy Tassou, ” the great tenors of the protection of the planet communicate on fear. A change of registry is desired, because the crisis has weakened many people, and there is no need to add”.
That’s why the triad ambassadors joined the artist by offering their solutions to the eco-citizens.
Laurence Argueyrolles – Télérama – n°3052 – July 2008.
Tassou. The exoplanet.
His sculptures, assembling electronic components and musical material, bear witness to our times. Astonishing.
Wondering what to do with your 8o transistor? No more worries: Tassou recycles, Tassou transforms, and beautifully! He is the only one in the world to practice what he has now called for fourteen years the “Cybertrash”. These totems or wall sculptures are made only with electronic components. The choice of this material is for Tassou a certain universality: it is found in the four corners of the world, in the belly of very different objects. Their viability is restricted.
Composing a work from cathode-ray tubes will quickly become a challenge for this artist who works the series! He goes through the dump sites, the manufacturers and also relies on donations. His studio is full of tiny pieces from all over, arranged by color, tone and type in small jars. Tassou spends hours there, a meticulous and passionate work for this Parisian, who has been posing for five years his memory cards and other arms of record players in Grasse.
For four years, more than 250 artists in the making confirmed or affirmed, have succeeded. Six months of waiting are required to expose at night on rudimentary panels installed around the old cast iron hall. “The art market is too opaque, the young artist who arrives in Saint-Paul-de-Vence is immediately repressed by gallerists,” said Tassou. Here he can judge the impact of his work on the public.
“The confrontation is uncomplicated, it allows to question sometimes.” The visitors leave with goodies, small elements created by the artist invited for the occasion, then distributed as “first element of his collection of contemporary art”. A way to demonstrate that art is priceless!
Michel Serpin – Sophianews – February 2007
Tassou sculpteur cybertrash
Magic because complex, today’s electronics is however perfectible. So perfectible that, says Tassou, she will be invisible tomorrow. Therefore, all the work of memory is to be done during this period of visibility “hyper brief” in the history of Humanity, since it extends only from 1945 to 2050. The “Cybertrash” of Tassou is therefore to use the scraps of cybernetics to bring them to life in other ways.
It is in Grasse that for three years, Tassou, native of Nantes, realizes his works, celebrating the real beauty of electronic components that will emerge in space in the form of wall sculptures or, in three dimensions, totems. “Unique sculptures and totems that record the memory of obsolete technology from the very beginning”.
Because there is no artistic expression without ties and true talent is also to pay tribute to those who have opened ways, Tassou is recognized in the wake of César and Arman who have accustomed the public eye to certain forms: compressions for Caesar and assemblage sculpture for Arman. Now remains to create a dynamic, to impose a style so that, beyond the world of collectors, a large audience is passionate about cybertrash sculpture.
Keeper of the Garden of Remembrance, guardian of an intrinsic beauty and magician, Tassou believes that “interesting sculpture when it can not be painted or photographed”. We can only name it … Keyboard … lrridiun. And it’s whispering like first names of science fiction heroines …
Works visible every day at the artist’s studio: www.tassou.com. 4 place de la Poissonnerie in Grasse and from March 28th to April 8th during the Tassou exhibition at Lavoir de Mougins.
Janny Plessis-Lumeau – LMS news – September 2001
“The cybernetics antique dealer”
Remy Tassou exhibited his work at the Salle Saint Esprit in Valbonne last June. Caught up in a unique adventure since 1988, this 45-year-old from Nantes, now settled in Paris, has paved a new way in contemporary art. A science fanatic and former businessman, be is the founding father of ‘Cybertrash’, the ostensible purpose of which is the glorification of computer waste. Sophia Antipolis, the NICT Science Park, is therefore the obvious place to display his artistic work.
So here we are at the heart of the electronic chip, on a voyage of discovery into microprocessors that have been catalogued, analysed and classified before becoming works of art, wall paintings or totems. Wall sculptures of such significant weight (“Driver” weighs in at 10 kg) clearly represent much more than a simple assembly of salvaged parts.
Well before him, Cesar. Annan and Ben had engaged in the art of amassing, piling and crushing. But Tassou strives, above all. for aesthetic quality. He loves beauty, and that is what attracts the eye to these strange assemblies: the harmony of his colours and shapes could leave une thinking they had been created solely to be part of the final tableau.
Over and above style, Remy Tassou also makes a statement about the extraordinary world of cybernetics.
And it is moving to rediscover, in middle of a piece of work, the names of forgotten figures such as “Wheastone”, the famous inventor or that of “Nixdorf”, whose body and soul were swallowed up by the powerful Siemens. These works, which are mainly computer memories, hold thousands of data from our era, from then- former activity, and from the runaway business of information technology. They are destined to become the antiques of tomorrow, the hieroglyphics of the 3rd millennium doomed to oblivion save for the helping hand of Tassou.
The artist is exhibiting at the “Opera Gallery”, in the grand Saint Germain room at the Hotel Lutetia and at”Art Sept” on Promenade des Anglais à Nice. A few of his works are also on display in New York and Singapore, but Remy Tassou is used to the warm welcome he always receives in Valbonne and at the Fondation Sophia Antipolis where he regularly exhibits. Tassou’s quest is incessant. His oeuvres are endlessly reworked, and now that he has fully mastered the technique, his assembly is precise, the frames full and the relief marked. Anticipating the future of computer science, he can only greet with enthusiasm the arrival of a human vocabulary in cybernetics. For we now speak of plasma screens, soft memory and (why not) the use of live cells in “neuroprocessors” which, according to the artist, represent the fusion between the human neuron and the microprocessor.
So who said the world of computers was devoid of poetry and charm? Remy tassou has just created a new work called “Hip”, an erotic-cybernetic assembly, inspired by a lady dressed in lace… And as we all know, lace has always inspired artists, even those who specialise in cybertrash!
Julien Kostrèche – L’Evénement du Jeudi – Décember 1998
Rémy Tassou, artist “cybertrash”
During the day, Rémy Tassou, 44, works in finance. But at night, he wanders the streets of Paris in search of corpses of microcomputers or electronic devices abandoned on the sidewalk. The machines that work do not interest him: “I prefer to look at them when they have given up the soul, to strip them, feed me from their bowels and free them from their cybernetic coping”. Clearly, this artist “cybertrash” recovers thousands of components and connects them to each other to compose wall sculptures and colorful totems. “I’m ecstatic about their inner beauty, because some components graze goldsmith”. We understand better why the artist secretly dreams of being able to someday “trasher” a satellite or military electronic equipment for which gold and platinum are frequently used.
One would be surprised that the only cybertrash artist on Earth is a French, because “the ‘made in France’ is almost non-existent”, he says amused.
Sophie Bouniot – L’Humanité – October 1998
Rémy Tassou, cyber-artist
Rémy Tassou has provoked the intrusion of the imaginary into the universe of components of the microcomputer, telephony or electronics, which allows to release the classic structures of their assembly.
At first, it is for the artist to disassemble industrial machines, in order to extract the substantive marrow: their components. The artistic approach is extended in the unification, the link by a plastic relationship of these components in wall sculptures or totems. IBM 4869, Input, Laser, Rack, Dolby, Sodium or Luminescence are the result of this work. These works are elaborated in glass volumes filled with components whose classification is established by natures and by colors. The materials concerned by the “cybertrash” are surrounded, the limit between what is cybertrash and what is not being extremely palpable.
The works are a rigorous and methodical accumulation of cathode ray tubes, hard disks, vinyl records, sodium vapor lamps, deflectors, engines of household appliances, etc. The inspiration of the artist is not clear and precise, it goes through the phase of disassembly, inventory management, creation and finishing. There is an empirical side in the conception of his works, they each constitute an aesthetic and technical stage, which calls for a consecutive and perpetual inventiveness.
Rémy Tassou metaphorically compares his artistic approach to a ride in the mountains. “We start to choose the theme of the play as we would choose his mountain, then we take out his cards before starting the climb.It’s the same principle as sorting the components that we will use. from the beginning of the race, then it is lost in the undergrowth, in the back roads, but it remains the goal to reach.The design of a piece is an identical approach, a slow but rigorous progression. The originality of the research associated with a concern for architectural perfection and a sensual care given to the composition undoubtedly define the “cybertrash”, an art that arouses curiosity and enthusiasm.