Maurice Benayoun
School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong

MoBen 莫奔 aka Maurice Benayoun is a media artist, researcher and exhibition designer based in Hong Kong. Professor at the School of Creative Media, City university of Hong Kong, director of the R&V research program, M. Benayoun was Associate professor of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne and Paris 8 universities, founder of Citu-Paragraph Lab and of the H2H Lab Research Group. rnOne of the pioneers of media art and interaction design, MoBen’s highly diverse work explores all the artistic fields of expression using various media from virtual reality to mobile interfaces and urban scale installation. In museum and interactive exhibition design we can notice The Navigation Room and The Membrane were created for the Cité des Sciences de la Villette. The Navigation Room (New Image New Networks, 1997), one of the very first highly networked exhibition with 800 000 visitors, presented, through an innovative interface, Hypercube, a highly personalized visit and content, ending up with a web page for each visitor. The Membrane (2001) — the core of the Man Transformed exhibition — was a large surface/skin breathing and feeling the presence of the visitors. The Panoramic Tables for the Planet of Visions pavilion for Hanover EXPO2000, directed by François Schuiten, was an innovative application of augmented reality. In 2006, together with the architect Christophe Girault, they created the new permanent exhibition inside the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, which opened in February 2008.rnrnHis artistic work has been exhibited in major contemporary art museums (Centre Pompidou, MAC Lyon, MAC Montreal, Kiasma (Helsinki), Eyebeam, Moving Image (NYC), ICC (Tokyo), Machida Museum, Museum of Art Seoul…) Commissioned by biennials (Seoul 2012, ZERO1 San Jose 2012, Tokyo…) and part of many public and private collections MoBen’s work has been twice commissioned by the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain (1995, 2008, France).rnMoBen won numerous international awards including the coveted Golden Nica (Ars Electronica Festival, 1997).rnrnwww.moben.netrnLast publicationsrnMaurice Benayoun, MOBEN OPEN ART, 1980- 2010, Collective, monography+DVD, Scala ed. Paris, 2011rnThe Dump, 207 hypothesis for committing Art, FYP editions, France 2011rn