logoGeocyclab presents Itself as a place of observation, research and creating Constantly changing, it makes and unmakes itself, moves, appears, disappears and reappears somewhere else according to the model of the T.A.Z (Temporary Autonomous Zone) of Hakim Bey.

It is polymorphic, open, overcomes its walls or its doors and therefore offers a breathtaking view of the subjects studied. Thanks to its mobility it is not anymore simply a practical and traditional space where the material is assembled, where concepts take shape, but it becomes a generator of ideas.

This experimental and artistic journey will only make sense if it is shared. The goal is not to create a substitute for travel but to propose several aesthetic brackets testifying an episode of life where coexist nature, technology and human relationships.

Fanch and Barth left Quimper on September 30th, 2012…

Geocyclab is organized into three main parts, common interests of its participants:

Three years around the world in recumbent bikes
logo-voyageThe trip is first of all a lifestyle choice. The choice to live an adventure and to listen our desire of discoveries, experiences, encounters and sharing. The trip was proposed to us by our education and we’re choosing to experiment it today.

As artists, we aim to question the world and our relationship with him. We choose mobility as a creative context, so that an unexpected discovery can appear at each turn, new questions may be developed, diverted and shared. It is in this state of mind that we undertake a world tour in recumbent, with hardware autonomy and a specialized equipment to perform various researches and experiments.

The bike gives more autonomy than walking. In comparison with a motorized solution, it is quiet, ecological, economic, and its moderate speed allows us to remain attentive to external events, making easier meetings and human exchanges. It is for this reason that we plan three years to realize this journey. In this context, the bike is a way to change our relationship to time, to measure the world, mile after mile, on a human scale.

The trip is also a concrete aspiration to change our lifestyle. If leaving involves to quit a familiar lifestyle, material comfort, habits, it is about, also and above all, to invent a new one. As travelers, we’ll be directly confronted, at our level, to questions related to major global issues we have to face today, such as water management, energy, respect for biodiversity, the establishment of a sustainable lifestyle … From this concern stems from our main research axis: the “Do It Yourself” or “System D” in french. In a world that seems saturated with global problems, we’re betting that there are many local solutions, which benefit from being known, disseminated and applied.

Nomadic artistic creation workshop
logo-creationIf the trip was a place, it would be that of knowledge and discovery, that’s where we install our workshop for being at the heart of the events. Geocyclab presents itself as a mobile workshop research, creation and diffusion.

The first objective of Geocyclab is to produce and spread objects, installations or artistic performances directly influenced by the experience of a way of life. With the idea of autonomy of production, we want to make ours the nomadic tools of audiovisual creation, diffusion, and current digital publication.

Developing Geocyclab must lead us to explore the nomadism without trying to evacuate our culture, but on the contrary, trying to constantly adapt to our environment. Our playground is located at the place where cultures meet, where one side or the other, the pictures are collapsing under the weight of their obsolescence.

By causing episodes of isolation, by accepting to change our benchmarks, we give more space for the influence of a place , of a situation, a behavior, an object, or an event. We will therefore, for three years, put us in a situation of spontaneous creation, so that each of our interventions become a workshop / laboratory where we’ll work, think and reflect “under the influence”.

We seek diverse, surprising and possibly unreasonable situations in order to tap into the resources of the unusual. Our intention is to express and transmit feelings, emotions and a singular point of view by offering a formal body to our present concerns.

As artists-travelers, by definition, “just passing”, we have the power to modify a place, to change a landscape before disappearing. By deciding to combine creation and mobility, we also question about the move, moving, the physical or mapping space, and our own condition of travelers / tourists / foreigners.

Geocyclab is a multipurpose device linking a direct and open relationship between our work of artists and the people we meet. In soaking up directly from the life of this half-real / half-virtual workshop, a series of reflections, installations and performances will born, as many exercises of plastic and audiovisual creation.

Research laboratory about Free Objects
logo-libreThe digital revolution combined with the various economic crises, sees the emergence of a thought about free which is expressed mainly by the apparition of free and open licenses. The Free involves a gratis diffusion of the knowledge allowing the production of real or virtual tools. It results a new economic model based on knowledge sharing, and which begins to apply to the production of objects.

The expression “Free Object” has no official definition. Nevertheless, we decided to use it because it encompasses all the concepts related to the System D, and to the free material. The meaning of the word “Object” is at the opposite of the one of the word “software”, that is to say composed of matter and existing in reality. The word “free” is synonymous with the word “open”, and involves the notion of sharing, of free diffusion, and accessibility… To resume, a free object is not patented and can be distributed under a free license.

The Free Objects exist for a very long time, all around the world, in the form of systems D, of hijacked objects, recycled objects, transformed objects … Just waiting to be disseminated and shared to get their status of “free”.

Wanting make systems D “free” by sharing them, requires a work of collect, of analysis, of description and dissemination “Open source” of collected datas.

By adopting the posture of artist-researchers, we’ll use our mobile workshop-laboratory to identify, reference, describe, and disseminate handmade devices as well as initiatives of collaborative working (Fablabs, Makerspace, Hackerspace…) able to improve anyone’s life. So, we intend to observe these objects with a scientific approach of description and classification, but also with an artistic look, by being attentive to the context, to the interactions and discussions they generate.

As suggested in the title of Bruce Sterling’s book “Shaping things”, the Free Objects which we will examine will each have a story to tell. As long as we take the time to listen to them, then they should teach us a lot about the world. Our role consists then to translate those stories in a sensible way, by means of inventions, embezzlement of meaning, associations of ideas, or any other form of artistic expression, so to make them accessible.

Fanch Dodeur
IMG_7662Artist, musician.

Website : http://www.fanchdodeur.fr
E-Mail : fanchovitch@gmail.com

Five years in fine arts followed by a post-diploma led me to have a inquiring look on things. Fan of improvisation, musician multipurpose but “blower” in the soul (saxophone/flute), the power of the notes and the immaterial aspect of the sound intrigues and captivates me since always. “stuck” between my instrumental and plastic practices, my research inevitably led me to create bridges between the image and the sound. Inspired by what I discover in the world, I Try to offer a form to what can not be seen, to bring an audible resonance for the quietest events.

Friend of nature, hacker by nature, and passionate by new forms of expression and communication issues of present technologies, i try to understand how they work and to analyze their influences on society.After a few European trips and two trips to Asia, one in India (2008) and the other in China (2010), the desire to go further, longer, was soon felt. The only condition was to make a unique project, useful and open, which fits in the heart of my artistic project.

Geocyclab offers to me the possibility to go further in my research and to develop a questioning about different adaptations of Man to his environment, whether it is natural, artificial (technological), social or cultural.

Barth Péron
IMG_1800Multimedia designer

Website : http://www.barthperon.fr/
E-Mail : contact@barthperon.fr

Since the end of my studies, in 2007, I multiply professional experiences, in the field of image creation, mainly thanks to the informatic tool whose I master the main functions of visual editing (photo editing, video editing and compositing, web design, animation…)

My self-employed status allows me to combine paid work orders that make me earn my living, with collaborations and projects of all kinds which satisfy my curiosity, make me meet other sensitivities and continually discover new opportunities…

But this activity does not leave much room for the realization of my most personal project and makes me spend too much time in front of a computer screen.

In a society that allows me to go to meet the world, to broaden my horizon, I received an education that gave me a taste for adventure, through different travels(Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Greece , Martinique, Romania …).

Nature lover and with a modest scientific background, I have never been able to separate my artistic practice (drawings, photos, videos …) of this taste for the natural sciences.

In addition, I’ve explored for the past few years the vast territory of NTIC (new technologies of information and communication), Internet, multimedia and cultures that emerge, passionate about the issues of citizenship, freedom, and of creativity raised by these phenomena.

Thanks to Geocyclab, I decide to experiment to live and working in traveling in order to link these various concerns the ones to the others in a direct contact with the world, and feed the creativity which falls asleep when not questioned.

In addition to our two portraits as project leaders, main actors coordinate, host, attend Geocyclab from France and offer to the project all the ways of its ambitions. It is therefore the core, serving during the whole duration of our trip, but our daily life as travelers is punctuated with generous meetings, which all contribute to our progress. A page “credits” will be dedicated to all those fellow travelers, those who got us off the hook, hosted, fed, helped out…

>> See more : http://www.geocyclab.fr/rubrique/acteurs/

The outline of our previsional itinerary are likely to change. The details of this trip depend on many parameters: climate, administrative and geopolitical issues, that we study, and they will certainly need to be changed over the three years of traveling.

>> See more : http://www.geocyclab.fr/rubrique/itineraire/

This section presents an exhaustive list of equipment required for our adventure. The contents are in progress of research and writing, so please excuse the gaps and imprecisions online so far.

All this material requires some electricity needs but the problems related to power supply inevitably arise. In some isolated areas, regular access to electricity may be relatively difficult and in this case, the easiest way is to be self-sufficient by transforming sunlight into electricity.

>> See more : http://www.geocyclab.fr/rubrique/materiel/

The budget is currently based on estimates which will be precised gradually during the project preparation.

Total budget: € 50,026

€ 695 per month per person
€ 22.8 per person per day
€ 0.65 per kilometer per person

>> See more : http://www.geocyclab.fr/budget/

Geocyclab is the first project hosted by LibLab association. For more information about the association and the various actors of Geocyclab, all information is available in Actors

e-mail : contact@geocyclab.fr

Contact person in France : Anaïs Brillat – 06 84 47 94 23

Social networks :
twitter : http://twitter.com/Geocyclab
facebook : http://www.facebook.com/geocyclab
google+ : http://plus.google.com/geocyclab
vimeo : http://www.vimeo.com/geocyclab

Support us
For helping the adventure of Geocyclab to become true, our own means will not be sufficient to cover our estimated budget. So, we are seeking various public subsidies, and we are looking for sponsorship from companies having to do with either of interest centers of Geocyclab.

However, following the values ​​of sharing and free diffusion that lead Geocyclab, which wants to be an “open” project”. To allow anyone interested to participate to that project, according to one’s means, we pay special attention to all forms of cooperative and solidarity financing.

If you want to support our project, one way or another, here are the different options available to you:

Financial support

You can make a donation on Paypal account of LibLab association which hosts Geocyclab

Mediatic support

All initiatives that bring more visibility to Geocyclab will increase our chances of reaching a wider audience, and so many potential partners.

By publishing an article presenting Geocyclab or a link to our site, on your blog, your website …
By making an interview, a portrait, a topic or an article broadcast on television, radio, in newspapers or on the Web.
By playing the game of broadcast, of “likes” and other “retweets” on the different social networks (Facebook – Twitter – Google+ – Vimeo)
Through this site, where we can’t wait for your comments, exchanges, contacts, informations, suggestions, testimonials …!


We are able to accept two types of sponsorship:

You can contribute financially to the realization of Geocyclab by sending us the amount you want to engage.
If your company manufactures or distributes material that we wish to acquire, you may provide us this equipment directly or offer us a discount on purchases that we could make.

Do not hesitate to contact us to discuss in detail how such a partnership can be applied.

If you want further information before supporting Geocyclab , contact us, we will reply as soon as possible.

Unless otherwise specified on your part, we will care to mention your name and the help you gave us in a section of our site.

Thank you in advance to all of you for your support

The daily’s life of Geocyclab. We strive to present you every day an article illustrating our day of trip. As we don’t have access to internet all the time and we want to maintain a consistency in these publications, articles are published ten days after writing, that leave us a little margin…

>> See more : http://www.geocyclab.fr/rubrique/carnet-de-bord/

Checkpoints have rapidly become essential. We see this as a working meeting, a report, a little flashback to better understand the course of events.
It is a mixture of images, sounds and questions about our trip and the working of the Geocyclab lab. Still in this same logic of sharing, it seems important to us to broadcast it as regularly as possible.

>> See more : http://www.geocyclab.fr/rubrique/checkpoints/

Ex-Situ is a virtual gallery, a showcase of pixels in two dimensions. It is also a place for transposition of the real, allowing the works of Geocyclab to have their own existence outside the traditional space-time.

Here, the captation is the work of what happened, and this is an opportunity to question the meaning of “In Situ” when it is associated to the immateriality of the Web.

>> See more : http://www.geocyclab.fr/rubrique/galerie/

The purpose of our micro-films, like the Japanese short poems of the same name, is not to describe but to evoke the atmosphere of a moment, a place.
Each haiku is a new opportunity for us to express and compare in a sensible way our two views (audible and visual) of a single moment lived. It is a spontaneous exercise whose main constraint is the respect for the space-time unity.

>> See more : http://www.geocyclab.fr/rubrique/haikus/

Free Objects
Our investigation of the “Free Objects” is a research on the identity of the system D in the digital age.

Today, the “Do It Your Self”, which tends to mutate into the “Do It Together”, occupies more and more minds through the world. With the new means of communication, an international community of united inventors, whose values ​​are based on the sharing of awareness and knowledge, is being born.
This item is a note-book intented to collect our thoughts about free culture, in the broadest sense of the term. Here, systems D and unidentified objects stand alongside testimonies of free thinkers and thinkers of free.

For technical reasons related to our nomadic condition, the diffusion of this collect is not chronological. It is a scalable web-documentary, a “work in progress” whose goal is to say a little more about the emerging phenomenon of “Free”.

>> See more : http://www.geocyclab.fr/rubrique/objets-libres/

The Blog
The Blog is “le cabinet de curiosités” of Geocyclab. You’ll find here ideas, links, images or comments that inspire, feed and open the world of Geocyclab.

>> See more : http://www.geocyclab.fr/rubrique/blog/