Jean-Christophe Yacono (yako)

Jean-Christophe Yacono, still from FEAR IN MOTION

Jean-Christophe Yacono (yako) is a French and Canadian multimedia visual artist. Photographer and author of interactive and digital works for small and very large screens and public spaces, his practice concretizes the transitory through photographic and animated imagery.

He is interested in movement that generates interaction and trans-disciplinary co-creation. yako questions place, the fleeting and present moment, and the displacement of the gestural trace that materializes through the digital process.

Trained in graphic design and photography at the École Supérieure des Arts Modernes de Paris, as well as in digital and interactive arts, yako has developed a marked interest in the new practices and writings of web art, multimedia and contemporary performing arts.

His work has been presented at the Biennale d’Art Numérique (BIAN), the Festival International du Film sur l’Art (FIFA), the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC), Cirque du Soleil, PdA’s ArTV studio, the Centre Pompidou (CNAC), the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec and the Galerie Centrale Powerhouse, among others.

FEAR IN MOTION and WIDOW’S WALK (Cinédanse film)

The images of Jean-Christophe Yacono (yako) are blurred, they always have been. He has always been attracted to images in which one perceives time, a scenery that scrolls, the feverishness of a body that moves or a hand that apprehends. As if what attracts him is what he cannot completely grasp. To perceive the time which passes rather than to look at the stop on an image, constrained, posed, unrealistic. Like color, sharpness seems trivial and devoid of added meaning.

WIDOW’S WALK is a film of New York artist Jil Guyon’s live performance of Widow Walk at Musée d’Art de Rouyn-Noranda, festival Cinédanse, Québec, 2022. The performance finds Guyon, Béatriz Mediavilla, and Mistaya Hemingway executing a suspenseful walk in radically slow time. This short film is a digital point of view of that event.