Fabien Zocco

Lviv Polytechnic National University

network installation, 2014

“In computing, threads are suites of instructions executed in parallel during the same process. The term also refers to a set of messages on a forum or an Internet discussion thread. ”

The installation shows the trace of a “performance” automatically performed by a bot – Automatic software (the term “bot” is short for “robot”) used on the Internet to perform repetitive tasks and simulate human responses – launched networks for one day during the month of September 2014. This bot has during that time sought to “make contact” with potential human correspondents by sending automated emails (more than 5000 messages sent). The email addresses of these “correspondents” were recovered by chance on the internet.

This message thread is presented during the exhibition, in the form of a text constantly rewriting. These mails were automatically drawn from texts like enigmatic haikus and question the artificial intelligence or the manipulation of language. They compose a flow both cryptic and poetic and dispersed on the net by an infiltration and dissemination strategy.

Production : Transcultures, within les Pépinières européennes pour jeunes artistes in Mons.


Fabien Zocco explores the artistic potential of technological out-sourcing, applications and other software.
Playing on the endless possibilities offered by the digital network, he appropriates the icons of digital popular culture and virtual aesthetics to create architectures, forms or futuristic stories.
With a hint of derision, he questions our relationship to new technologies that have invaded our daily lives and investigates our relationship to the virtual.” (Sonia Recasens)

His work has been shown in France (Le Fresnoy, FRAC Poitou Charentes…), in Mexico (French Institute, Mexico DF), in Canada (UQTR gallery, Trois-Rivières), in Poland (A-I-R program, Wroclaw), in Belgium (Transcultures, Mons) and online (The Wrong – New digital art biennale).

Fabien Zocco graduated from Le Fresnoy-Studio National des Arts Contemporains (2016, jury honors).