Claire Bardainne is a French visual artist with a background in graphic design and scenography, born in 1978 in Grenoble. A graduate from the Estienne School and Paris Arts Déco School, her research focuses on the imaginary realms conveyed by pictures and graphics, especially in their space-constructive capacity.
Adrien Mondot is a French multidisciplinary artist, computer scientist and juggler. Born in 1979 in Grenoble, he is interested in movement, and works at the intersection of juggling art and computer innovation.
Claire Bardainne and Adrien Mondot meet in 2010 at the Centre des Arts in Enghien-les-Bains. In 2011, they join forces and found the company Adrien M & Claire B. All work is created as a duo and the company is directed as a pair. Pivotal to their research is their wish to transcend the spatial boundaries of stage and the time limits of performance. Their shows and installations immerse the body in images, they blend sensitive and handcrafted art with digital devices, developing when possible bespoke computing tools. They strive to create living art: mobile, handcrafted, ephemeral, responsive.
« We put digital tools at the service of the living, to make theatre, to create live moments shared by the living. We believe that poetry, beauty and metaphor are powerful keys, and it is with this intention that we use technologies. »
Today, the company counts around 30 collaborators, with several performances, exhibitions and installations touring internationally simultaneously. In France, its headquarters are based in Lyon (Rhône) and its research-creation studio is based in Crest (Drôme) at Villa Aphéa. The company is subsidised and accredited in France by the DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region. It is also supported by the City of Lyon.