Simon Ripoll-Hurier is a visual artist and musician. Covering several intersecting fields, his work initially focused on venues for the production of dominant images, such as Hollywood (Translations, 2008–2011) and Broadway (The Broadway Melody, 2010–2013), using translation and transposition mechanisms as procedures for borrowing and subversion. His interest in oral description techniques – as in Périphériques (2008) and The Curtain (2013, with Myriam Lefkowitz) – has led him to look into conspiracy theories bearing on cloud formations (This Cannot Be Natural, since 2012). In 2013 he made the experimental film Dreamland, which documents the process of fabricating a song. He then became more involved with movies and has been working on his Diana project since 2014.
His work has been shown in numerous institutions including Le Magasin, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, Palais de Tokyo, Fondation des Galeries Lafayette, Centre Pompidou-Metz and MAC/VAL; been broadcast on Radio France Culture’s Atelier de Création Radiophonique; and been acquired by public art collections, among them the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Frac Haute-Normandie, Beaux-arts de Paris and the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales. It has also been presented in Spain, Scotland, Italy, Bosnia, Korea, Venezuela, Cambodia and the United States. Ripoll-Hurier has other strings to his bow, too: he plays with the instrumental surf band Les Agamemnonz, is the cofounder of the online artists’ radio station *DUUU, and is a member of the pedagogical committee of the Programme for Experimentation in the Arts and Politics (SPEAP) at SciencesPo in Paris.