Nicolas Bazoge is an intermedia designer.
In parallel to his collaborations in the performing arts (dance, theatre and music) mainly as a lighting designer and scenographer, he develops his own artistic projects in the field of digital performance.
His research focuses on questions of hybridization in contexts of technologically mediated stage performances. His activities are dedicated to the creation of immersive, interactive and semi-improvised experiences through specifically developed devices based on technologies such as optical motion capture, live sampling or pixel mapping.
After graduating in 2004 from the Institut Supérieur des Techniques du Spectacle (ISTS) in Avignon, Nicolas joined the following year the team of the Centre Dramatique National de Bretagne in Lorient where he worked for 12 years as a lighting director and lighting assistant for numerous directors (Éric Vigner, Arthur Nauziciel, Madeleine Louarn, Christophe Honoré, etc.). as well as touring theatres in France and abroad (Théâtres de l'Odéon, du Rond-Point, de Versailles, Théâtres Nationaux de Strasbourg, de Chaillot, de New-Delhi in India, etc.). He also creates lights for companies and directors in residence such as Chloé Dabert, Tommy Millot or Marc Lainé.
From childhood, in the early 90s, he began to express his musical sensibility through compositions on guitar and synthesizer. After three traumatic years of learning classical guitar in the municipal school of his village, it is as an autodidact that he will pursue his instrumental quest. The democratization of CAM (Computer Assisted Music) in the early 2000s confirmed this choice and opened an exciting path towards DIY and self-production.
In 2005, he launches his artistic project Nola's key which first takes the form of a website on which he gathers and broadcasts his musical compositions, as well as remixes and graphic works. This project progressively evolves towards the creation of live performances combining musical experiments, lighting concepts and video/scenographic works.
In 2006, he created a buzz among Placebo fans by publishing a mashup entitled Vivre son histoire ("Living our story") composed from instrumental samples of the band and an interview in French with singer Brian Molko. Noticed and broadcasted on RTL2 by the host Francis Zégut, the title reaches the band's ears and they decide to use it for the opening sequence of their concerts on the Meds tour.
Since 2007, he has been collaborating with various theatre and contemporary dance companies, including the company Le Pôle, for which he creates the soundtracks for stage creations, as well as the music for certain in situ performances that he performs live.
In September 2016, he resumes a Master's degree in Arts and Digital Technologies at the University of Rennes 2 during which he works under the direction of Bruno Bossis on questions of intermediality and hybridization in stage performance and the performing arts (field of digital performance studies).
Within the framework of this curriculum, he proposes in March 2018 a musical performance (Vis Insita - Principe) using an optical motion capture device to control sound and light through movement. This project will give rise to a publication for the NIME (New Interface for Musical Expression) conference that he will present in June 2019 in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
In spring 2019, he creates the association EGZOA based in Lorient (France, 56) in order to continue this work, to carry the Vis Insita project, and to allow in a general way the creation, the promotion and the diffusion of his artistic projects.
Vis Insita - Musical, visual and kinetic performance
Vis Insita (Principe) - Musical, visual and kinetic performance
../MUTE (with video mapping et scenography)
e-Vox - Musical performance and participatory verbal experimentation
../MUTE - Multi-instrumental performance alone on stage
Wondergen - Autoproduced album
Insides - First live concept of Nola's key
Metting with Katell Hartereau and Léonard Rainis from the contemporary dance company Le pôle.
Composition of soundtracks and live performances
Vivre son histoire - Mashup used by the rock band Placebo for the openning sequence of their concerts on the Meds tour.
Creation of Nola's Key
Launch of the animated site (still accessible at this address (what if that was the key?.....)