Naziha Mestaoui (1975),
architect, urbanist and multimedia designer

Naziha MESTAOUI was born in 1975 in Brussels, she has a diploma of Architecture (LaCambre, Brussels). She worked in the field of architecture and urbanism dealing with technologies.
Yacine AIT KACI was born in 1973 in Paris and studied graphic design, video and multimedia (Ensad). He had a career in cultural multimedia as designer and director and worked for the French television(Le Louvre, DVD-Rom, cd-rom Yves Saint-Laurent,  Archimède on ARTE tv channel,…).

They both met in 2000 and decided to operate a fusion between their fields of creation. Established in Paris in 2000, Electronic Shadow is a hybrid design platform whose activity is based on research and innovation on both the artistic and technological point of view (patented system based on space/image projection). This pluridisciplinary approach allows original propositions
which merge both space and image, material and light in the most diverse contexts from art to architecture, design, scenography, ...

In 2004 Electronic Shadow receives an honorary mention at the Ars Electronica Festival and in 2005 the Grand prize of the Japan Media Art festival in the art section. For more than five years, Electronic Shadow multiplies exhibitions (NY MoMA, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, La Villette, KunstlerHaus, Japan Media Art Festival Etc.) and creates applications from this artistic research (French Cultural center in Palermo, Pavillon de l'Arsenal, Double Vision with Carolyn Carlson, Fiac Luxe !, etc.).

http://www.electronicshadow.com

naziha@electronicshadow.com

Co-Founder of LAB[au], Laboratory for architecture and urbanism in 1995, in Brussels, Belgium.
interactive biography: metalab works from 95-july2000

CURRENT PROJECTS :

[2001] //: Centre culturel français de Palerme et de Sicile à La zisa
Conception and realistation of a hybrid architecture project. Design of the real as well as the virtual architecture of the centre. Global project, including architecture, design, technology and persectives about future contents in this kind of spaces. www.zisa.org
[ Naziha Mestaoui + Yacine Aït Kaci]

[2001] // : V-Med 2.0, Helsinki - Palerme, October 2001
a video/real-time 3D interactive installation is a reflection about the collective memory, including different spaces and times and creating a sea of images and memory. This work is presented simultaneously in Helsinki and Palermo , performing a network installation
exposing the concept of the 25th time zone. V-Med 2.0
[ Naziha Mestaoui + Yacine Aït Kaci]

[2001] // : Méditerranée virtuelle 1.0, Palerme
Inauguration of Palermo's euro-mediterranean cultural centre, Sicily, fév 2001. Présentation of the interactive installation: "Méditerannée virtuelle 1.0:
Palermo"
[ Naziha Mestaoui + Yacine Aït Kaci]

[2001] // : wearable computer, L'écharpe communicante, exhibition 'Workspheres' MOMA, New York 8 February -22 April 2001 (USA) [ Design: Naziha Mestaoui + Yacine Aït Kaci + CRSTOF with the "Studio créatif" of France Telecom R&D and with the support of France Telecom North America ] echarpe communicante video 1.3M

[2001] // : L'écharpe communicante, movie presenting the different concepts and activities integrated into the clothing [Realisation: Naziha Mestaoui + Yacine Aït Kaci, Co-Production Electronic Shadow with the"Studio créatif" of France TELECOM R&D] echarpe communicante, movie video 1.3M

 

PROJECTS :

[2000] // : 3D portfolio, 3D interactive presentation of the respective projects of Yacine Aït Kaci and Naziha Mestaoui before the foundation of Electronic Shadow in august 2000 [ Naziha Mestaoui + Yacine Aït Kaci ] http://www.electronicshadow.com 3D model

[2000] // : installation i-skin , 3D visualisation of the istallation realised for the i-skin project [ Naziha Mestaoui ] http://www.i-skin2.com/3D/ 3D model

[2000] // : i-skin 2.0, virtual identity, exhibition 'Musée de la mode' Paris from 09.10.00 - 29.10.00 to (F) [ Naziha Mestaoui + CRSTOF+ Yacine Aït Kaci ] http://www.i-skin2.com video 2.5M

[2000] // : Personality Cristal, 3D interactive system representing the personality, used in i-skin2, exhibited in the 'Musée de la mode' Paris (F) [ Naziha Mestaoui +Yacine Aït Kaci ] http://www.electronicshadow.com/cristal/cristal.htm

[2000] // : i-skin (phase 1), avatar generator, exhibition 'La beauté' Avignon (F) [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] + CRSTOF ] http://www.i-skin2.com

[2000] // : Cannes exhibition pavilion, Forum, Cannes (F) architecture [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] ]

[2000] // : Interactive Databank and map navigator, art gallery 'Encore...Bruxelles' in Brussels(B) exposition Daniel Buren 'd'un déplacement, l'autre' exhibition 15.01.2000 - 30.04.2000 [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] + Daniel Buren ]

[1999] // : e-space, exhibition on immersive and interactive environments, Brussels (B) [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] + Encore...Bruxelles asbl ] e-space

[1999] // : Crstof fashion show in Paris (F) [ scenography , LAB[au]+, CRSTOF ]

[1999] // : Virtual fashion show, la Bodega, Brussels (B) scenography [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] +, Les p'tits belges asbl + Sébastien Wierinck + La Cambre fashion designers + Alias Wavefront + Periactes ]

[1999] // : Play, artmosphère events, Brussels (B) scenography [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] + encore…Bruxelles ]

[1999] // : Telezone, Ars Electronica Project Linz (A) media .arc [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] ] http://telezone.aec.at

[1999] // : Pavilion d'image, artwork for the Nancy university, Nancy (F) architecture [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] + Marin Kasimir ]

[1999] // : i-tube, project and theoritical study for a collective cyberspace and interface design. urbanism [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] ] i-tube

[1999] // : Belgacom Open 1999, Knokke (B) global event concept and scenography [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] + FRACTALS ] belgacomopen

[1999] // : Game Village - video game exhibition, Infogrames, Lyon(F) scenography [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] + AVA + ABCD ]

[1999] // : Metalab -Conception and Réalisation of the navigation system, interface design [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] ] metalab

[1999] // : Lightscape(s), light plan study for the Heizel plateau, Electrabel Sibelgaz, Brussels (B) urbanism [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] + K.Pecheur + P.Desmedt-Jans ] (lightscapes )

[1998] // : TRANSIT[e]: urban development project - BxL MIDI , Brussels (B) urbanism [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] ]

[1998] // : Camouflage, housing renovation project, Wevelgem (B) architecture [ Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] ]

[1997] // : 'Liquid axis' - programmatic landscapes (4° PRIZE) : international urban design competition 'the redesign of the civic axis, cultural capital Thessaloniki 1997 urbanism [ Naziha Mestaoui + Manuel Abendroth + S.Peichler, MB GRAPHICS, I.R.D ( liquidaxis )

[1997] // : PlayaVista, urban development project, Los Angeles (USA) urbanism [ Naziha Mestaoui ]

[1996] // : V.A.X. school, primary school competition Wortegem - Petegem (B)COMPETITION (5° PRIZE) architecture [ Naziha Mestaoui + Manuel Abendroth + Thierry Grundey ]

 

EXHIBITIONS

[2001] // :"Echarpe Communicante", Vienna
Presentation "L'echarpe communicante", the movie at the KunstlerHaus
in Vienna in the context of the design exhibition "Global Tools" from July to septembre

[2001] // : Méditerranée virtuelle 1.0, Palerme
Inauguration du Centre culturel euro-méditerrannéen de Palerme, Sicile, fév 2001. Présentation de l'installation interactive: "Méditerannée virtuelle 1.0:
Palermo"

[2001] // :"Echarpe Communicante", New York
Workspheres Exhibition at the MOMA. Conception and realisation of the prototype, the interface and the video.
Production:Studio créatif de FranceTelecom R&D with the active support of France Telecom North America nomadic section. écharpe communicante, www.moma.org/workspheres video 1.3M

[2000] // :' i-Skin2.0, identité virtuelle ', musée de la mode, Paris (F) 09.10.00-29.10.00 http://www.i-skin2.com . video 2.5M

[2000] // :' Supernova, jeune architecture belge' from 08-09-00 to 22-10-00, Brussels 2000 - ' eSPACE CONSTRUCTionS ' Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au]

[2000] // : 'Architecture Media Player' exhibition in Neaples (Italy), from july 14th http://www.architettura.it/image

[2000] // :' La Beauté, Transfo, Décors à corps', Avignon 2000 (F), 'i-Skin, corporalité virtuelle' Naziha Mestaoui + LAB[au] + CRSTOF, 27.05.00 - 01.10.00 (infos http://www.i-skin.org , http://www.2000enfrance.com/sites/beaute )

[2000] // :' Imagina 2000', village de l'innovation, i-Tube, Lightscape(s). (Imagina interviews and reports:http://www.imaginatv.cegetel.fr, http://www.zewebtv.com, http://www.nirvanet.com/index_nirvanottv.html)

[1999] // : Exhibition - ' Open stad-open city studio ' , ISACF-la cambre, musée, Bruxelles (B).

[1999] // :' Hypertraces ' , Mitic club, Cannes- film festival (F).

[1999] // : 'NovaNoise, urban elements 1, ' Lightscape(s), displacement maps ' , 28.03.99 - 30.03.99

[1998] // :' TransArchi 02 +03 ' - ( http://www.archi.org ) Aedes east, Berlin (D) 03.08.98-22.08.98 UQAM, Montreal (C) 27.08.98-18.10.98 NAI, Rotterdam (NL) 17.11.98-12.12.98

[1998] // :' Stations en hun omgeving' , CAD Kortijk, (B) 19.09.98 - 08.11.98

[1998] // :'Architectural competition exhibition' Warehouse 10,Thessaloniki (Gr)18.06.98 - 30.10.98 [1996] // :' Primary school competition ',B,B,B, Kruishoutem (B) 3.10.96 - 31.10.96

 

CONFERENCES

[2001] // : La fête de l'internet - La Villette - Paris
10h30 - Débat: la propriété intellectuelle à l'heure du numérique
à l'invitation de Daniel Kapelian pour la SACD

[2000] // : Paris (F), Centre Georges Pompidou, Mobius, "projets récents".

[2000] // : Marseille (F), Les Docks du Sud, Fiesta du Web, " Projets, Lightscape(s) / i- Tube".

[2000] // : Brussels (B), Les Bains-Forest, Hortacitylink et Archimédia,Meeting young architects, "la ville est-elle une image?".

[2000] // : Brussels (B), Etablissement d'en face, "Hypertextural environments".

[2000] // : Brussels (B), ISC Saint-Louis, "Espace-temps-information".

[1999] // : Louvain-la neuve (B), CCBW, Process architecture and processual art.

[1999] // : Brussels (B), St Lucas instituut, Lightscape(s).

[1998] // : Brussels (B), Institut Victor Horta, Liquid Axis - from urban to transurban 23.10.98

[1999] // : Brussels (B), Hotel de Ville, Lightscape(s). [1998] // : Brussels (B), Institut Victor Horta, Liquid Axis - from urban to transurban 23.10.98

[1998] // : Thessaloniki (G), Warehouse 10, Liquid Axis- competition

 

SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY

[2001] // : The New-York Times, September 2001
Article by ALASTAIR GORDON on the Workspheres exhibition
As Work and Life Blur, Office Furniture Goes 24/7
..."A team of Belgian and French designers created L'écharpe Communicante, or communicating scarf, a cuddly thing containing a communication system with phone, computer screen and keyboard. Wrap it around your face and you can tele-communicate as you saunter down the boulevard. "...

[2001] // :Abitare, Avril 2001
Article of Giovanna Albretti
about the Workspheres exhibition. lire l'article sur le site designzine

[2001] // :Art Byte
Article "Play Stations" by Carly Berwick about the Workspheres exhibition.
lire l'article sur le site de artbyte

[2001] // :Liberation, 02-03-2001
Article de Marie Lechner: Techno. L'«écharpe communicante», star d'une expo sur l'univers du bureau au MoMA de New York. Le coup du cache-Net
lire l'article sur le site de liberation.com

[2001] // :ouvrage "l'anthropologie de la société digitale"
Textes de Naziha Mestaoui écrits en 2000
en collaboration avec J.Decock et M.Abendroth

[2001] // : A propos de l'exposition Workspheres en général et de la veste communicante en particulier:
- Catalogue de l'exposition Workspheres. Editions MOMA.
- WWD (revue de mode américaine) 09.02
- Financial Times 09.02
- New-York Times 09.02
- NewsWeek 19.02
- Wired (versions print et online) 09.02
- The New Yorker (voir la version web) 28.02

- ABC News (diffusion d'un extrait de la vidéo)

[2001] // :01.net , sujet sur l'Echarpe communicante Par Thierry Virolan

[2001] // :LAB-H2o.com, article sur Electronicshadow à l'exposition Worksphere.

[2000] // : ' 0 .1, the intertextual matrix' , Sigradi catalogue, Rio de Janeiro (Br)

[2000] // : Mdn, Japan September 2000, Hiromi Ito ' pesentation of LAB(au) and Naziha Mestaoui' (J)

[2000] // : Inside Internet magazine, l'hypertexte comme metalanguage"(FR/NL).

[2000] // : A+ magazine, nr. 164, i-Skin, corporalité virtuelle.

[2000] // : BIL BO K, Hors série spécial Fashionartfood show, i-Skin.

[2000] // : La Beauté, catalogue de l'exposition, Flammarion éditions ISBN 2-08-012807-8

[2000] // : les Inrockuptibles, nr.241, Xavier de Moulins : "Tube planétaire"

[2000] // : Inside Internet, nr. 33, june 00, "Espace-temps-information n°2: GUI"

[2000] // : ddo 39, mars-avril 00,Vincent Brunetta:"Chorégraphie Lumineuse pour le Heysel"

[2000] // : Inside Internet, nr. 31, April 00, "Espace-temps-information n°1: topographie du réseau"

[2000] // : A+ magazine, nr. 163, G.U.I., le langage performatif de l'écran.

[2000] // : Imagina 2000 guide officiel, village de l'innovation

[2000] // : A+ magazine, nr. 162, 'info_spaces', la cartographie des réseaux'

[2000] // : Parpaings magazine, february '00, Expressions, "Hypertextu(r)al Environments "

[2000] // : A+ magazine, nr. 161, lightscapes, plan de lumière sur le plateau du Heysel

[1999] // : 'Ce brouillard orange qui dépare le Heizel', Le Soir, p19. vendredi 22 janvier 1999, François Robert

[1998] // : DEAF 1998 'The Art of the Accident' , 010 Publisher, Rotterdam.

[1998] // : Restructuring the city, international competition, Thessaloniki 1997 A.Papadakis Publisher ISBN 1-901092-16-x

[1998] // : TransArchitecture, Aedes Catalog [1998] // : TransArchitectures, Cyberspace and Emergent Theories A&P,archi.org editions ISBN-2-930205-02-4

 

TV + RADIO

[2001] // :France 3 3x+NET, mai 2001
Sujet sur l'écharpe communicante

3x+Neuf : l'écharpe communicante

[2001] // :LCI, 20-03-2001, sujet sur l'Echarpe communicante Par Cédric Ingrand. voir le sujet (real video) sur le site de lci.fr
lire le sujet sur le site de lci.fr

[2001] // :TF1, 14-03-2001, sujet sur l'Echarpe communicante Par Jean-Philippe BAY

[2001] // :Canal + / Nulle part ailleurs 08-03-2001
Sujet de Xavier DeMoulins sur l'écharpe communicante dans le journal du net.
voir le sujet (real video) sur le site de canalplus.fr

[2001] // :RTL.fr
sujet sur l'Echarpe communicante Par Sophie Jousselin , écouter le sujet radio sur le site de RTL.fr

[2001] // :Europe 1 , sujet sur l'Echarpe communicante

[2001] // :France info, sujet sur l'Echarpe communicante Par Jérôme Colombain

[2000] // : Arte 03-10-2000, Thema ' E-democratie, biotechnologie, hypertexte et cyberpunk...', ' Les frontières du virtuel' , emission 'Moteur de recherche', Naziha Mestaoui+LAB[au]: i-TUBE & i-SKIN
http://www.arte-tv.com/them@/ftext/e_revolution/cdc/tipp_fs.html
> moteur de recherche

[2000] // : Paris Première, reportage sur l'exposition "La Beauté" en Avignon, présentation du projet i-skin

[2000] // : Canal+, Nulle part ailleurs JT-NET, Xavier de Moulins 30.06.00 avatars / i-skin, virtual bodyness , présentation du projet

[2000] // : interview cybercafe radio 21, ' Speciale Temps, Espace et Internet ' - 07.04.00 http://www.cybercafe21.net

[2000] // : interview ntv factory, ' Présentation en image d'un navigateur de deuxième génération baptisé i-Tube ', imagina 2000 - 01.02.00 http://www.imaginatv.cegetel.fr.html > créateur

[1999] // : Event Tv, (B) interview ' lightscape(s), displacement maps ' May 1999

 

PRIZES

[2000] // : 'Prix de la Brique Belge ', Lightscape(s) - light plan for the Heizel plateau ( http://surf.to/lightscapes )

[1999] // : ' Tech-art prize ', Vlaams Ingenieurs Kamer - light plan for the Heizel plateau Lightscape(s)- ( http://surf.to/lightscapes )

[1997]// :'Aristotelous Axis, redesign of the civic Axis, Thessaloniki' Urban design competition, Cultural capital, Thessaloniki 1997, 4th prize. Poject: Liquid Axis

STUDIES

[1997-1998] La Cambre - Architecture, Brussels, Belgium

[1996-1997] T.U. Graz, section Architecture, professor; Tom Mayne (Morphosis) U.S.A, Austria

[1993-1996] La Cambre - Architecture, Brussels, Belgium