Set on a moving line between a certain observation of the world and his inevitably unstable account, Tristan Rolin's artistic research focuses on certain key points: How, passing through all kinds of layers, statuses or even phenomena, Can we build images? What do they say about the world, what do they take/bring with them? Is this substitution legitimate? What happens when our tools fail and turn on themselves?

By placing images in various contexts, subjects and materials, these questions find anchor points, some convergences: the beginnings of tracks.

Around these questions, several methods are used, ranging from digital exploration to the use of text, from photography to 3d modeling, from image banks to filming. Matter is aggregated, raw. Its longevity and precariousness are displayed in broad daylight, "just to see", as in a vast game with blurry patterns, but then a game that will be ultimately not so futile.


Tristan Rolin was born in 1993 in France.

He grew up with the increasing presence of technology. Faster connections, easier acces to information, multiplication of screens and displays, and quasi-instantly reachable cultural content.
All this certainly had an effect on his viewpoint about the physical world.
He progressively started working with video and digital images. An interest which only deepened during his Master studies in art.
His attention is particularly oriented towards the actual state of images as carriers of their own structure.

The questions are : how can this physical or digital state interfere, alter or multiply this structure to a unknown extent ?
His research also led him to consider the remarkably entangled links between an image of reality and reality itself.

Tristan Rolin graduated from the ESA Npdc in 2018 and pursued his research onwards. He now works and lives in Berlin, Germany.