After studying both Art and Architecture, Jocelyn Cottencin became interested in various fields of applied arts, including design, architecture, and graphic design. As an artist and graphic designer, he is particularly interested in the issue of the transmission and reception of images, codes, and languages and, more importantly, the ability of a project and a body of work not to circumscribe a territory but to circulate between different points. For fifteen years, his work has been shared between the development of the studio Lieux Communs, a platform for graphic, typographical, and editorial creation, and the implementation of projects in the fields of visual arts and collaboration with other artists, including several choreographers. In 2014, he presented an installation at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris in the exhibition Recto / Verso, a performance in the form of a film at the Museum of Fine Arts in Calais, and collaborated in the creation of the choreographer Emmanuelle Huynh Tôzai! ...created in October 2014 at the Théâtre Garonne in Toulouse. In 2015, his film Monumentalwas presented at the opening of the Pompidou Center Malaga as part of the exhibition «Corps Simples» and for the Nouveau Festival in the Centre Pompidou (Paris). Considering typography as a graphic and visual material, Jocelyn Cottencin articulates it through various forms: performances, interventions in public space, installations, drawings, books, and works for the stage as in Vocabulario(2007), realized with Tiago Guedes, and I Can not Believe The News Today, realized in Pau in 2009. He has collaborated with choreographer Loïc Touzé for the past 15 years and has designed the sets of several dance pieces including LOVE(2003), 9(2007), La Chance(2009), Gomme(2011), and Ô MONTAGNE(2012). In 2009, he worked with the choreographer Emmanuelle Huynh to create the piece Cribles. In 2010, he took part in the project J’ai tout donnéby Alain Michard for the Cultural Center of Colombier for which he created the Documentation Center, an installation mixing architecture and furniture. As a visual artist, he responded in 2005 to the invitation of La Criée - Center d’art contemporain, and developed for two years between Bilbao, San Sebastian, Glasgow, Porto, Lisbon, and Rennes the project Just a walk(2008). That same year, he was invited for a residency at the Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Center and the Tramway Art Center (Glasgow). There he made a film in the Hebrides islands, Real Escape, a sort of fiction and performance. In 2009, he produced for Quimper’s Pôle Sportif a series of photographs entitled “The object of desire,” developed from archival images of athletes. Invited in 2010 to participate in the second edition of the Ateliers de Rennes - Biennale d’art contemporain, he designed and coordinated the editorial project Journal d’Anticipation. In 2011, he exhibited at the Galerie du Dourven. In 2012 he developed the project Cela dépend de comment les cartes tombentwith the Criée and the Frac Bretagne. As part of the Estuaries event in Nantes, he developed ECHOES,a light installation on the island of Nantes which was also presented at the Nuit blanche in Paris in 2012. In 2012/2013 he exhibited as part of the GRAPHEINEevent on contemporary drawing, organized in Toulouse by, among others, the Abattoirs, the BBB, Common Place, and White Pavilion. He created, in 2012/2013, Red Squares, a luminous installation and the creationof a family of fontsfor the Kremlin-Bicêtre media library. Jocelyn Cottencin has worked in various French and international schools. Since 2006 he has taught at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art in Bretagne. In 2015, Jocelyn Cottencin, with designer Erwan Mevel and visual artist Nicolas Floch, started a research program for the Ecole Supérieure d’Art de Bretagne. B.O.A.T.® is an artistic and educational research vessel conceived as a mobile workshop, a work platform, and an annex of the Ecole Supérieure d'Art de Bretagne (EESAB) which crosses other territories, other cultures, and other disciplines.
Météores manages the production of his projects.