Short Biography

Cécile Colle}{Ralf Nuhn
Since 2003 Cécile Colle and Ralf Nuhn have developed a shared artistic practice that comprises sculptures, installations and performances. For ten years they have been living and working between Lille and London, and in 2013 they have moved to the geographical centre of France in order to develop cONcErn, an artistic infrastructure for artworks that are at risk of destruction or abandonment. Their work is shown internationally at museums, galleries and festivals, including the National Museum of Fine Arts (Kaohsiung), Tenderpixel Gallery and V&A (London), WRO Biennale (Wroclaw), Art Claims Impulse and Haus am Lützowplatz (Berlin), Verbeke Foundation (Antwerp), Tripostal (Lille), and is held in the permanent collection of the ZKM - Centre for Art and Media (Karlsruhe). In addition, the artists present their ongoing research at conferences, public talks and through written publications.

Cécile Colle, born 1974 in Lyon, has obtained a DNSEP (Master of Fine Art) at the National Art School of Bourges in 1999, and a Master 2 Recherche Art de l’Image et du Vivant (MRes Art) at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in 2012. Between 2002 and 2004 she taught at the CFPI (Centre de Formation des Plasticiens Intervenant) in Bourges, and since 2005 she has been leading art workshops at colleges and for cultural organisations.

Ralf Nuhn, born 1971 near Kassel (Germany), has obtained a BA in Sonic Arts (2001) and a PhD in Intermedia Arts (2006) from the Lansdown Centre of Electronic Arts, Middlesex University London. Between 2007 and 2013 he was a Lecturer and Research Fellow in Fine Art at the School of Art & Design, Middlesex University London, and since 2014 he is teaching Fine Art at the National Art School (ENSA) of Bourges in France.

Selected Exhibitions and Events as cONcErn: please click here

Selected Exhibitions as Cécile Colle}{Ralf Nuhn:

Strategies of Deception, Tenderpixel Gallery, London (2012)
Exit Wall (the sky is the limit), Bureau d’Art et de Recherche - BAR #2, Roubaix/France (2009)
Distraction, Haus am Lützowplatz, Berlin/Germany (2009)
Prendrelamouche, La Malterie, Lille/France (2009)
Still a Life, solo exhibition in the context of the Bandits-Mages festival, Bourges/France (2007)
Je n’y suis pour personne, Maison Folie Moulins, Lille/France (2007)
Still a Life, Le Vivat, Armentières/France (2006)
Uncaged, V&A - National Museum of Childhood, London/UK (2004)

The Noises of Art, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth/Wales (2013)
POAA, Non-Lieu, Roubaix/France (2013)
Media-Scape, Mestrovic Pavilion, Zagreb/Croatia (2012)
Hors-carte, Mixar, Orléans/France (2012)
Aufstand der Dinge, MIM & More Contemporary, Berlin (2011)
Dear Verbeke Foundation..., Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke/Belgium (2011)
Interface, Coastal Currents, Hastings/UK (2011)
Alternative Now, WRO Biennale, Wroclaw/Poland (2011)
Pas si bête, Le Tdm, Riaillé/France (2011)
Kinetica Art Fair, Ambika P3, London (2011)
Pixxelpoint, City Gallery, Nova Gorica/Slovenia (2010)
From A to B, various sites, Dover/UK (2010)
Reflective Interventions, Art Claims Impulse in partnership with transmediale.10, Berlin/Germany (2010)
Six Feet Under, Glassbox @ Fondation Avicenne, Paris (2009)
Opus Torpille, Fort des Dunes, Dunkerque (2007)
3rd Biennale of Contemporary, Art-Tension, Bourges/France (2006)
Klankenbos, Musica Centre-Dommelhof, Neerpelt/Belgium (2006)
Les Chants Mecaniques, Tri Postal, Lille/France (2005)
Human Doub2t, National Museum of Fine Arts, Kaoshung/Taiwan (2005)
Other People, Three Colts Gallery, London/UK (2005)
Algorithmic Revolution, ZKM, Karlsruhe/Germany (2004)
A-21, CASO Gallery, Osaka/Japan (2004)
Are You Looking At Me, 291 Gallery, London/UK (2003)
Synthèse, Gallery La Box, Bourges/France (2003)
Pulse Field, Georgia State University Galleries, Atlanta/USA (2003)


Conseil Régional Nord-Pas de Calais, individual artist grant (2009)
Eurographics, Interactive Digital Art Award (2006)
DRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais (F), individual artist grant (2005)
Arts Council of England, individual artist grant (2004)
29th Int. Competition of Electroacoustic Music and Sonic Art, First Prize, Bourges/France (2002)
London Arts Board, individual artist grant (2002)


ZKM – Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. 2 acquisitions in 2009
ZKM – Centre for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. 1 acquisition in 2007
Various private collections

Publications (selection)

Cécile Colle & Ralf Nuhn, ParaSites: initial report and research context, Leonardo, 45 (3), 2012.
Ralf Nuhn, UNCAGED boxed-up, Handbook of digital dissertations and theses, Sage, London, 2012.
Cécile Colle & Ralf Nuhn, ParaSites: new propositions, Music and Sonic Art: practices and theories, IIAS, Ontario, 2011.
Ralf Nuhn, From UNCAGED to Cyber-Spatialism. Digital visual culture: theory and practice, Intellect, Bristol, 2009.
Cécile Colle & Ralf Nuhn, Distraction, Haus am Lützowplatz/B.A.R, Berlin, 2009.
Ralf Nuhn, The insemination of the celibate machine, International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, 5 (1), 2008.
Cécile Colle & Ralf Nuhn, Digital Communication. Systems Research in the Arts: Music, Environmental Design and the Choreography of Space, IIAS, Ontario, 2006.

Conferences and public presentations (selection)

Art + Sustainability, international workshop, Université Lille 3, Tourcoing (2013).
The Noises of Art, conference, Aberystwyth University (2013)
Activating the Gap, conference, Middlesex University London (2013)
Interface, artist talk, Claremont Studios, Hastings (2012)
La mobilité des artistes en Europe, symposium, Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing (2011)
Music and Sonic Art: practices and theories, conference, Baden-Baden (2011)
TARMAC, symposium, ENSA Bourges (2010)
Reflective Interventions, round-table discussion, Art Claims Impulse, Berlin (2010)

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