Sophie Lavaud is an artist, teacher and researcher in the field of visual and digital arts. She lives and works in Paris. She has a PhD in Art and Art Science from the Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, has taught at the Franche-Comté University and at the Compiègne Technology University and is currently a lecturer-researcher at the Jean Monnet University in Saint-Etienne.
Her practical and theoretical work, at the crossroads of art, science and technology, focuses on how emerging technologies and some scientific approaches applied to programming – such as Distributed Artificial Intelligence – may be able to address, via computers, artistic problematics that were formerly addressed via painting.
In 1995, at the ART3000 workshop, this visual artist and multimedia explorer completed the first version of a virtual-reality installation called Centre-Lumière-Bleu. In 1996, she directed a short 3D CGI film: Mandala électronique. In 1999, in the context of the Fête de l’Internet event, she co-directed and co-produced with Fred Forest a performance based on the Internet and on virtual reality called Le Techno-mariage. In 2004, at Le Cube’s workshop, she completed Tableau scénique n°1, a work based on Kandinsky’s painting Jaune-Rouge-Bleu.