In a forest that he digitized, Simon runs. Within an autobiographical narrative, running embodies the intimate link between the protagonist and the forest, a forest that has witnessed a multitude of personal events and that is now being destroyed by a gravel pit. Immersed in an ambivalent world between realism and dream, Simon questions the reasons that pushed him to digitize the forest. He questions his relationship with the living world and the limits of digital representations of nature.
Simon de Diesbach
After a Bachelor’s degree in Media & Interactive Design at ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne), Simon de Diesbach co-founded the studio fragmentin.com with which he developed various interactive innovation projects. Motivated by the desire to further his knowledge in storytelling and cinema, he left the studio in 2017 to start a Master’s degree in Film at HSLU D&K (Hochschule Luzern – Design & Kunst) where he directed Limits, a short experimental animation film selected at the Locarno Film Festival, using 3D laser scanning and motion capture technologies.
Theoretical and practical research on new technological and aesthetic approaches represents a major interest of the artist who exhibits in Switzerland and abroad. Simon de Diesbach is currently working at HSLU D&K as an artistic collaborator on a long-term research project supported by the SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation), exploring new ways of accessing the archive of the theoretician Siegfried Kracauer, especially through VR. Simon de Diesbach also regularly gives workshops in animation and design in various art Swiss schools and universities.