Gregoire Rousseau has been teaching actively technology in contemporary art practice in Finnish academy of Fine Arts since 2008, and as invited teacher in Aalto university, Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris, Oslo academy of Fine Art, and La Cambre academy in Bruxelles.

Thanks to his education background and work experience in electrical engineering, he built and developed the first laboratory dedicated to electronics in Finnish Art Academy. Students can then work on their own and share their knowledge in a space open to both artistic experimentation and finalizing solid artworks ready for exhibition time. The emphasis is set on electricity as form of energy, from moving audio speaker membranes to various actuators. Many Arduino shields were built, including the famous Kuva Shield. This shield is  an edition of 50 printed circuit boards made in factory, implementating the first functions one must learn to develop any Arduino project. Beside Arduino project, analogue electronic equipments-sound and actuators related- are built as well as computer software-Processing for computer and Openframeworks for RaspberryPi- to interface with sensible world; environment, body, external data...


Following is engineering education and work positions in Siemens, Nokia and Vaisala, Gregoire is professionally efficient in electronic/PCB design both analogue and digital -Eagle CadSoft, LTSpice-, microprocessor programing-Arduino, C and assembly, embedded system programing- Linux for RaspberryPi, Processing, Max, OpenFrameWorks-.


 


The first open space in Finnish art academy dedicated to electronic design, coding research ,visual content, motion in artistic practice...

Watch Thomas Westphal talking about his work in the electronic lab -the installation with tv screen in motion- while i work on the next course and up coming exhibtions. >Youtube video here<
, and TV report on my work in academy

=>Documentary on National TVhere<=

=>In  Academy magazine<=







=>DIGITAL
 The first pedagogical Kuva Arduino shield produced and tested with its dedicated library.
I designed this shield to implement digital inputs and outputs, pulse width modulation filters, analogue inputs for knobs and other sensors, MIDI out to control more audio devices and transistor powered output for motors.

=>ANALOGUE
 I designed kuva sound modulation circuit board: an effective dual square wave low frequency oscillator, which outputs modulate each other.

The user can select the frequency range for each oscillator and control them with various type of resistive sensors: light sensor, temperature, bending ou pressure sensors.

The modularity of the board offers a very wide range of use from sound production to relay control... 

-notice the very well etched old academy logo-.

=>PROGRAMING

I developed Excerpt, a video application dedicated to visual art practice with Processing software. 

Excerpt is a real-time video-manipulating software that allows experimental vjaying and playing of video files. Excerpt does not only work as a video mixer that merges video streams into a single channel but also intends to gather several video streams onto screens and work as a platform for connecting united images generated in real time. Except can be easily connected to Arduino to inferface with sensor and the sensible world.



=>The page below documents the courses and seminars organized since 2009.


Electricity at Large
UWAS-Aalto- ,16 Oct – 25 Oct 2019.


Course “Electric Energy in the Arts”,
and exhibition.

The exhibition “Electricity at Large” finds its tittle from Marcel Duchamp’s quote “The only possible use of electricity in the arts; Electricity at large”. Duchamp wrote this sentence in his first collection of personal sketches released in the publication “From the Box” as early as 1914, or a year before beginning his work on the Large Glass. The participants in course “Electric energy in the Art” attempted to take on similar attitude in the process to find form as a collective thinking body.



2019 “Indisciplinary Symphony”
Theater academy / Oodi Library

The Indisciplinary Symphony course and public event have been prepared by Ivana Momčilović during her residencies at HIAP. Ph.D. in One Night collective explores how learning can happen through art, what would be aesthetic education for all and is there still any emancipatory role left for the artist in the (capitalist) society. The collective collaborates with philosopher Jacques Rancière and has been inspired by his writings on the concept of indisciplinarity.


The public event on Saturday 1 June at Oodi library will present the results of the course which is organized as a collaboration between the three University of Art Helsinki schools (Academy of Fine Arts, Theatre Academy and Sibelius (Music) Academy) and HIAP, in the last week of May. The participants of the course are invited to displace academic separations of genres, disciplines, and expertise to work with different aspects of knowledge, the methodological




2018- “Electric energy in the Arts” seminar in Academy.
As a group we decided to relocate the course outside academy premises. Together we visited electricity related places, from local shop to experimental electronic audio association. 
We experimented with electricity and related this hard know-how together with artist  and theory texts.

Following long discussion with coffee, we then decided to share our new knowledge in form of a self edited publication-fanzine- using copy machine method. The publication was launch during the opening of our electric bar.
Electric Bar intends to encourage and develop new forms of meeting space to discuss use of electric energy within  art practice context. 


2018-  “Surface of Electricity” exhibition following seminar on “Electric energy in the Arts” in Aalto University, UWAS unit.
“Electricity at large, the only possible use of electric energy in the arts.” This quote from Marcel Duchamp back in 1914 indicates the importance of electricity for art history and contemporary artistic practices. This very specific form of energy that one can not grasp impacted directly on everyday life and therefore also on artistic practice in the 20thcentury. As a group, we will explore the development of electrical technology and its manifestations in the art context. We will follow a genealogy and experiment with  electricity as a medium. The course includes related field trips, hands on material, screenings and open discussions.


2017 “Proposition for waiting for the future”, three days of audio-video performance in Exhibition Laboratory,
Academy of Fine Arts.

This project originates from “Video and Sculpture” and “Electricity and Sculpture” courses, both run in Finnish academy of fine arts by Gregoire Rousseau in sculpture department. 

Briefly, “Video and Sculpture” does not focus on video recording/ editing / post production but toward understanding of video material as first matter to be installed in a space. The approach in the course tends to develop work which elaborates on video as a possibility for
volume in motion, which relates directly to sculptural practice. The scope of the course covers; analogue/digital video signals, video media player configuration, methods for real time video.

Practically, participants get acquainted with implementing new video technique in their art practise and use of video material in a new performative context.

I invited Vincent Rioux, professor of digital department in Paris academy of Fine art  .





2016- NON-PARALLEL PROCESS at Yle news -National Finnsh TV-14/03/2016

The formal exhibition proposal relies on the concept of electricity as a form of energy.

Participants:
 Gregoire Rousseau, Flora Bouteille, Felipe de Avila, Henrik Heinonen, Inma Herrera, Artor Jesus Inkerö, Yassine Khaled, Felix Lundberg, Reija Meriläinen, Fatmir Mustafa, Ruben Ostan Vejrup, Erno-Erik Raitanen, Tuomo Sundvall, Timo Viialainen.

The exhibition Non Parallel Process originates from the Electricity and Sculpture course organized in the Sculpture study programme of the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinkiin Exhibition Laboratory in March 2016. This course, run by Gregoire Rousseau, has been operating for four years.



2016 Electronics in the arts

One semester course on electronics in own art practice. Series of lecture on electronics both analogue and digital. Support to develop new projects.

SAMA-Sound Art- course, part of Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.

Production of three specific Arduino shields.


2015
Analogue electronic applied to audio technology /
Academy of Fine Arts.

On student request, i organized one week long workshop on audio practice.

We reviewed first passive components, then went on to understand what is an oscillation,how to maintian it, feedback concept, and an introduction to filtering and analoghe effects.

Each student built then own audio device. 


2015- "Animal locomotion" workshop took place in February 2015 in Bruxelles.
Arranged as a collaboration between sculpture departments of Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and La Cambre Ecole National des Beaux Arts de Bruxelles. The workspace and exhibition held in De la Charge gallery.
The group produced an exhibition inspired by, or referring to "Animal locomotion" work by Muybridge.

Gregoire Rousseau & Margaux Schwarz.




2014- Artist in society course concept,
run with Minna Henrikson.

As a group, we interwieved artists, located only in Nilsiankatu building, on their practices; their relation to studio, their economical struggles, the role of curators and how they would define their own position Finnish art context.

The interviews were video recorded and played back all together during the last days in my studio.








YLE-National Finnsh TV- dedicated one short documentary on technology development in Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. Gregoire Rousseau presents his work and shows both engineering and artistic skills...in 2015.



2014- “Eva wans to have sex in the garden of even” exhibition following “Electricity in Sculpture” course by Gregoire Rousseau in 2014 at Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, FAFA gallery Helsinki.






On national TV set with Jani Puronen, invited on YLE NEO programm, Jussi Mankkinen, to present technology development and exhibition in Academy of Fine arts 2014.


2013 “Electronics in arts” at Workshop at Aalto University/Pori unit
Workshop/lecture regarding use of electronics in contemporary arts.



2010- Second course in the frame of Gizmology unit organized by Minna Langstrom, and first one documented on video.
This course possesses a strong emphasis on electricity within sound art field.



2010- Video documentation of the design for Christian Henin during stay in Oslo academy of fine arts.


Robot developed in 2010...