mfc – michèle didier, Paris

Jean-Baptiste Farkas, Cari Gonzalez-Casanova

Jean Baptiste Farkas

Jean-Baptiste Farkas defines himself as a service provider. With his company IKHÉA©SERVICES, he offers artworks that are not art objects. They start with protocols and guidelines that invite us to act off-the-wall in our society.



Cari Gonzalez-Casanova

For Art-o-rama, Cari Gonzalez-Casanova will present a new project The eye you see with, inspired by her research on technologies and algorithms generated images. Its title comes from a sentence by the theologian Meister Eckhart “The eye through which I see God is the same eye through which God sees me” and from the eponym book by Robert Stone.


Imitating the modus operandi of the algorithmic discipline of modelling and virtualization of the world, this purely textual project offers a visual world which only materializes inside our imagination.

Through an analogic composition of real botanical, geographical, ornithological, and ethnological data, Cari Gonzalez-Casanova describes a synthetic result, just as it was generated by the GAN algorithmic system which allows to the user to produce a synthetic image only through plain written guidelines.


Interested by the wide use of those GAN systems (Generative adversarial networks) – algorithmic architectures using two networks of neurons, opposing to each other to generate new synthetic bodies of data which can seem like real data, Cari Gonzalez-Casanova questions the more and more blurry threshold between reality and artifice. If that threshold has been widely questioned by art and literature, by philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, theology, entomology and botanic (in the context of the study on camouflage), our visual system and its part in the interpretation of the world it is looking at, has never been more put to the test than during our algorithmic era. This (erreur dans le texte en français / cet projet) project is also strongly inspired by Aurélie Jean’s book in which she speaks in a romantic way about her passion for coding, and in which she also compares (la monde) the world of algorithmic to Alice on the other side of the mirror “where all hypothesis is also hypothetic itself… between reality and virtuality… a genuine stake for civilization, because it becomes so clear that one will must accumulate knowledges not to get lost in it”.






Jean-Baptiste Farkas


N°29 Trojan horses (2004)

Unique piece

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«Ce qui nous frappe nous fait penser!»

Le Cheval de Troie est un leurre d’oeuvre qui prend place dans une exposition collective pour lui causer du tort


Jean-Baptiste Farkas


N°31 In the name of art (2007)

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User du prétexte de l’art pour enfreindre un ordre, une loi, ou une obligation.

Par extension, s’autoriser tout et n’importe quoi au nom de l’art.


Cari Gonzalez-Casanova

The Eye You See With – L’oeil avec lequel on voit

Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN)


The Opinu (2020)

Edition of 5 + 1 A.P.






The Opinu population lives

in northern Japan and on farthest

most eastern part of Russia.

They are fishermen and hunters.

They are have a patriarchal social

structure and are polygamic.

Their morphology resembles that of

the Aboriginal peoples of

Australia, but their skin is

sometimes copper like, similar to

that of others Asians. Their build

and hair however is more

pronounced, their skin lighter,

their facial lines less smooth and

their browbone more developed


There are a variety of traditional

tattoos present in the Opinu

culture, specific to each part of

the body : there are ones specific

for the  forehead, face, abdomen,

buttocks, back, thigh, vulva and

legs. The tatoos can take several

geometric shapes, semiotic symbols

and symbols of actions :

represented by a series of points,

straight lines and simple or

complex decorative forms,

cylindrical patterns, V-shapes,

asymmetric lines, parallel lines,

twisted lines, inclined lines,

curves and obliques, transversal

lines, lines crossed, triangles,

squares, rectangles, circles,

closed and open shapes, opposite

angles, plant forms, animal and

natural shapes, fillets, five-form

spikes, and crowns.


The gaze of the Opinu expresses

calm and gentleness, however in

some, it can be a sinister mixture

of sadness and ferocity.


Cari Gonzalez-Casanova

The Eye You See With – L’oeil avec lequel on voit

Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN)


Portrait of a bird (2020)

Edition of 5 + 1 A.P.





The plumage of the Mayaguez Tofo

mimics that of tree bark.

To deter predators, he stretches

and contorts his neck slowly so as

to resemble a snake.


Due to certain anatomical

peculiarities, the claws and tongue

in particular, they are classified in the family

of peaks.


Their song consists of the

following stanzas repeated five to

six times per minute:

– Kiékiékiékiékiékiékié


Both male and female express

themselves the same way,

responding to each other in their


Their remarkable song is considered

to be one of the most beautiful of

the peaks.

They are quite generous too as we

can enjoy their song from February

to May. Preferably early in the

morning or late at night.

Like all singers, they love

high positions.


When migrating, they are satisfied

with a “tsip”.

Since their migration is nocturnal,

this simple sound is often heard at

night. Even if the movement

continues during the morning.


They live in the south oceans of

the tropic of Capricorn, as well as

in the Northern Pacific. The

reproduction of the Tofo takes

place on land, in colonies

scattered on the Antarctic and

Subantartic islands. They

nest in colonies on isolated

islands. The couples are faithful

for life.


In addition to their scapulars

adorned with purple, their plumage

is distinguishable by the pretty

black line which starts from the

base of its beak and runs along the

neck to reach the chest. The length

of its claws, oversized to

facilitate its movements in the

reed bed also help the Tofo perch

on trees.


To attract the attention of the

females, the male Tofo raises his

beak to the sky and spikes up all

of his feathers. The female answers

him with greetings which can

sometimes be accompanied by bill



The male Tofo seems to enjoy this

parade of postures because he reproduces

it throughout the season

including during feeding time.

During reproduction, four or five

eggs are laid and will be

brooded for 26 days by both

parents, alternatively. Relays

between spouses are often spaced

for several hours. This can be

explained by the hazards of the

fishing trips that can take them

several kilometers from the nesting



On each return, an elaborate

courtship ritual dance is



Cari Gonzalez-Casanova

The Eye You See With – L’oeil avec lequel on voit

Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN)


Portrait of a city (2020)

Edition of 5 + 1 A.P.






A city where palaces have

spiral staircases inlaid with


On the city square there is a low

wall on which the elderly sit to

watch the youth go by.

And four aluminium towers rise from

its walls.


A city bathed by its concentric

canals and flown over by kites.

Stretching out to the horizon,

outside the landscape is empty.


Yet between the estuary and the

forest, one can see many vineyard

“islands” appear.

These graveled lands slightly

overhang inland marshes.


A curving landscape of limestone

hills, where plots of vines and

cereal crops run along the river

for about 30 km.

Narrow dry valleys, called

“Combes”, cut the plateau in the

direction of the estuary.


The shores of the past, inscribed

in the cliffs, constitute a spatial

landmark and a memory.


Cari Gonzalez-Casanova

The Eye You See With – L’oeil avec lequel on voit

Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN)


Landscape (2020)

Edition of 5 + 1 A.P.






Mount Delia is an isolated mountain

found in the central Chilean plain.

Nicknamed the Door to Hell, it is

located in a volcanic region

amongst charred landscapes that

sometimes emit noxious fumes and

rocks in supernatural colors.


Mount Delia, covered mostly in

stones and trees, is mainly a

stratovolcano consisting of

andesite. Its summit crater,

about 2 km in diameter, is almost

entirely filled by a lava dome

whose top is the highest point of

the volcanic edifice.


It is surrounded by three volcanic



The slopes of the mountain are

marked, here and there, by

explosion craters and abundant

prickly pear cacti. An agricultural

and windy land nonetheless, the

particularity of the agricultural

methods on Mount Delia involve the

construction of semicircular low

stone walls around individual crops

so as to protect them from sub-

Saharan winds.


This nature is rough,

straightforward and courageous.