About

Behind the moniker Cocoon hides Christophe Demarthe, lead singer of Clair Obscur, one of the French leading groups of the post-punk scene of the 80s, and today co-founder of the Acoustic Cameras project. Cocoon is a global project mixing indifferently electronic music, video, photo, text, performance. One of its red threads could be «displacement». Displacement of an individual by another, in the private sphere as in the public sphere, in a desired way as in a constrained way. Another red thread would be the extension of Clair Obscur’s  attempt to move the frames of representation and reception.

Since its creation in 2004, Cocoon has performed in numerous festivals: Le Nouveau Festival du Centre Pompidou, Villette Numérique, L’Ososphère, Interstice, Emo-Son, Qwartz Awards, Nuit Blanche… He has collaborated with visual artists Pierre Beloüin, Ludovic Chemarin©, P. Nicolas Ledoux, Ultralab, choreographers and theatre directors Anne Juren, Annie Dorsen, Agata Maszkiewicz, Superamas. In 2019 he has published his fourth album on Optical Sound.

Contact: christophedemarthe@gmail.com

BIO

2019

• audio work for the performance Taki Pejzaz by Agata Maszkiewicz

Komuna Warszawa, Warsaw, Poland, 9-11 May

Ludovic Chemarin©, Histoire sans fin

duet Olivier Combault & Cocoon

La BF15, Lyon, 16 Feb

You’ve Arrived

vinyl album Optical Sound

2018

• Ludovic Chemarin©, Moments

exhibition / edition

mfc-michèle didier, Paris, 27 Nov – 2 Feb 2019

We Need A Volunteer

performance

The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, Electron Festival, Geneva, 19 April

Intimités

collective exhibition

Le Liberté, scène nationale de Toulon, 8 Feb – 31 March

2017

La Passion de Jeanne d’Arc

silent movie with live music / Carl Theodor Dreyer / Les Voix Animées / Cocoon

Festival Fimé, Le Liberté, scène nationale de Toulon, 10 Nov

A Night Of Real Recognition

live music festival Optical Sound / frasq / Biennale Nemo

Le Générateur, Gentilly, 28 Oct

Acoustic Cameras

collective exhibition

Le Cube, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 23 Sep – 23 Dec

2016

You’ve arrived

live piece for the web project Acoustic Cameras

• audio work for the performance Comma by Anne Juren

Brut, Wien, Austria, 27 – 28 Feb

• co-creation of Acoustic Cameras

online collection co-edited by Optical Sound and La manufacture des Cactées

2014

We Need A Volunteer

performance

Spring ‘S’ Night / Espace de l’Art Concret, Mouans-Sartoux, 29 March

2012

Oh! Hé! Hein! Bon!

music piece for Objets noirs et choses carrées, Nino Ferrer Revisited

CD compilation directed by Philippe Perreaudin, Optical Sound

Cocoon III

CD Optical Sound

2011

Signs

live piece for Les Echos de l’Etale

online event, Les Editions Cactus, 19 Nov – 5 Dec

• sound piece for Banalités Curieuses

collective exhibition curated by Olivia Hernandez and Virginie Thomas (duCygne)

Immanence, Paris, 23 Sept – 15 Oct

We Need A Volunteer

performance

festival Interstice, Station Mir / ESAM, Caen, 19 May

Cocoon@Plateforme

exhibition with guests: Pierre Belouïn, Gilles Berquet,

P. Nicolas Ledoux, Mirka Lugosi, Sophie Sommerlatt, Ultralab™

Plateforme, Paris, 25 March – 10 April

2010

• music for Edward Bond’s Les Enfants

theatre play by Bruno Lajara

Théâtre de Boulogne-sur-mer

Concert pour Dreamachines

L’Ososphère / L’Aubette, Strasbourg, 2 Oct

• visual work for Previously on Optical Sound

collective exhibition curated by Pierre Beloüin, P. Nicolas Ledoux and Olivier Hüz

Galerie Frédéric Giroux, Paris, 6 – 24 Jul

• live music for Solo de danse (avec son temps)

choreography by Eva Vandest

June Events, Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson, Vincennes, 8 Jun

• sound piece for the work Black Night 02 by Ultralab

collective exhibition

Ce qui vient – Biennale d’art contemporain de Rennes, 30 April – 18 July

2009

We Need A Volunteer

performance

Le Nouveau Festival du Centre Pompidou

Le Kiosque Electronique d’Olivier Vadrot et Cocktail Designers

carte blanche à Optical Sound

Centre Pompidou, Paris, 23 Oct

Echos Flottants 

a sonic cruise proposed by L’Ososphère, curated by Pierre Beloüin

Canaux de Strasbourg, 2 Oct

2008

• sound piece for the exhibition Peinture. 3 by Icon Tada

Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, 13 Dec 2008 – 17 Jan 2009

• audio & visual work for the exhibition Casino 23 by Pierre Beloüin

Le Dojo, Nice, 17 Oct 2008 – 10 Jan 2009

• sound piece for P. Nicolas Ledoux solo show

Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, 6 Sept – 1 Oct

Basic First Aid

video work for Insomnies, collective exhibition proposed by L’Entreprise & Optical Sound

Maison d’art Bernard Anthonioz, Nogent-sur-Marne, 5 – 7 Jun

• audio work for Voyeur Home

collective exhibition curated by Mélissa Epaminondi

L 140, Paris, 13 – 30 March

Le train couchettes

visual work for Soundtracks for the blind, Livraison 10

contemporary arts journal directed by Pierre Beloüin, Rhinocéros

2007

We Need A Volunteer

performance

Le Cube, Issy-les-Moulineaux, 13 Dec

• sound pieces for the exhibition L’Ile de Paradis by Ultralab

Jeu de Paume, Paris, 9 Oct – 30 Dec

• performance for the installation Str Crsh by Pierre Beloüin

L’Ososphère, MAMCS, Strasbourg, 29 Sept

We Need A Volunteer (excerpt)

performance

Qwartz Awards, Cirque d’Hiver, Paris, 23 March

Sleep / Foyer

video works selected for Comunismo da Forma

collective exhibition curated by Fernando Oliva and Marcelo Rezende

Galeria Vermelho, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 20 Jul – 04 Aug

L’usine papier

sound piece for Awan – Siguawini — Spemki —

exhibition and CD compilation by Pierre Beloüin, Optical Sound

2006

We Need A Volunteer

performance

Transports Non Communs, In Fact, Couvent des Récollets, Paris, 9 Sept

– OPA, Qwartz, Paris, 14 Jun

– Miejski Osrodek Kultury, Polart, Lodz, Poland, 10 Jun

Monoquini, Montpellier, 15 March

– festival Emergences, Le Périscope, Nîmes, 14 March

– MCA, Plusieurs, Creil, 4 March

2005

More Violent Days Are To Come

CD Optical Sound

We Need A Volunteer

performance

– festival Souterrain porte III, Le Totem, Maxéville, 30 Sept

– Un dimanche à Pigalle, Le Joy’s, L’Entreprise, Paris, 13 March

Do Not Undress Me

sound piece for No Repeat No Repeat, Fractal Musik n°3

CD compilation curated by Joël Hubaut / Station Mir, Sémiose Editions

2004

Clandestine

video work selected by Hou Hanru for Nuit Blanche, Paris, 2 Oct

We Need A Volunteer

performance

– Salon Light, CNEAI, Point Ephémère, Paris, 5 Dec

– festival Emo-Son, Emmetrop, Bourges, 4 Dec

– festival Emergences/Villette Numérique, Dédale, La Villette, Paris, 1 Oct

– festival Nowa Fabryka, L’Entreprise, Katowice, Bytom, Poland, 18 & 24 Sept

– Les Voûtes. Paris, 18 Jun

Debut Album

CD Optical Sound