Simon Geilfus of ANTIVJ

Fellowship Supported by City of San Jose Public Art Program
additional support from KDDI Group and residency support from the Montalvo Arts Center.

ANTIVJ is a visual label initiated by a group of European artists fascinated by the use of projected/emitted light and its influence on perception. ANTIVJ artists have been recognized as leaders in their field, developing a very personal approach to video mapping projection, and being invited to create work all around the world. By developing their own tools they can create content that would not be possible otherwise, and also to face technical problems when industry standards softwards do not provide a solution. Their practice as artists and technologists range from the architectural projection, to installation, performance and interactive design.Working at the intersection of lighting/art, architecture, design, performance and softwards development they have created temporary and permanent large scale immersive site-specific work and experiences for France's Centre Pompidou Metz, Wroclaw's Unesco listed Hala Stulecia dome, La Havana's plaza vieja, South Korea's futuristic city Songdo and the Old Port of Montreal.


About: Simon Geilfus of ANTIVJ 
Simon Geilfus was born in 1985 in Brussels where he currently lives. As a designer, artist and coder most of SImon's work lies today at the intersection of art and code. Starting a webdesign career at the time when Processing was released and the Flash Hackers Community exploded, Simon quickly got drawn in creative coding, computational design and generative graphics. Designing tools and new approaches for graphic and motion design has become one of his major interests. He enjoys creating graphics and visual abstractions as much as creating the softwares and systems to generate them.

Simon has presented his work and down lectures at festivals around the globe including Mutek in Monteral and Mexico, TodaysArt The Hague, Share Conference in Belgrade, CmODA+OneDotZero in Beijin, French Institute of Tokyo's Digital Art Festival, Web Flash Festival at Centre Pompidou, Futuresonic Manchester, L.E.V Festival in Gijon, Itau Cultural in San Paulo, Scopitone Festival in Nantes. Simon also lecturered for three years at Brussels' Superior National School of Visual Arts, La Cambre and occasional lecturer at Graphic Research School of Brussels, ERG. He regularly teaches the Art of creative coding in cultural events and festivals around Europe.


ANTIVJ Project for ZERO1 Fellowship/x

Imagine strolling around downtown San Jose after regular business hours. As the sun goes down, the empty walls of the city slowly lighten up. Mysterious life forms glide along the surface of the wall across the street. Around the corner, another bare building surface, and another intriguing display of light.  ANTIVJ is a group of European artists who could easily be considered the artistic rock stars in the world of large-scale projections that combine light and sound to transform urban architecture. Adding to their line of numerous international projects, ranging from South Korea to Mexico, from Tokyo to Montreal, and most recently the Centre Pompidou in Metz (France), lead artist Simon Geilfus and ANTIVJ producer Nicolas Boritch have currently descended upon San Jose.

Simon’s project proposes an illuminated navigation system that would take shape as a city-wide web of large-scale projections on downtown building facades that lure the commuter, the pedestrian, the random flaneur, through San Jose’s city streets. The projections themselves are conceived as a collaborative urban game, with an invitation to the audience to participate in the creation of the ever-evolving visuals through their mobile device. San Jose’s downtown urban environment is being repositioned as a place of open exchange and community building between those already familiar and those about to become familiar with the city’s inner core. This project is the way-finding component of the Illuminating Downtown Project from the San Jose Public Art Program. It is additionally support from KDDI Group and residency support from the Montalvo Arts Center.