© Lucas van der Rhee

Sébastien Robert (1993. Nantes, FR) is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher who develops a practice at the intersection of visual and sound art, technology, science and ethnography. Most of his projects revolve around a research cycle, You’re no Bird of Paradise, through which he explores disappearing Indigenous sonic rituals and cosmologies. 

Beyond simple documentation, yet not an ambitious ethnographic archiving project, he aims to translate these immaterial resources into long-lasting tangible works of art made of materials that echo the traditions of the communities encountered and the geo-specificities of the territories explored. 

Through his work and research, Sébastien searches for possibilities to create an engaged and expanding artistic dialogue between non-western perspectives and new technology while questioning our perception of our environment and highlighting the epistemological diversity of the world we inhabit.


As an integral part of his research, Sébastien participated in various artist residencies such as Arctic Wave (Andøya, NO), Into The Great Wide Open (Vlieland, NL) and Valley of the Possible (Curacautin, CL) and he gave lectures at institutions such as the Arctic University Museum (Tromsø, NO), the ITMO University (Saint Petersburg, RU) and the HEAD - University of Art and Design (Geneva, CH).

Sébastien has recently exhibited his work at Biennal Chroniques (Aix-en-Provence, FR), STRP
(Eindhoven, NL) and Global Seed Vault (Svalbard, NO) and has performed at various internationally recognised festivals such as Rewire (The Hague, NL), Organik (Hualien, TW) and Mirage (Lyon, FR).

Sébastien graduated with honours from the ArtScience Master between the KABK - Royal Academy of Art and KC - Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2020, where he now lives and works.


    2023        Another Deep        The Arctic Circle        Svalbard, NO   
            Rise & Fall        IMéRA x Mucem        Marseille, FR   
    2021        The Lights Which Can Be Heard        Arctic Wave        Andøya, NO   
            Back-and-forth        Into The Great Wide Open        Vlieland, NL   
    2019        The Kultrun of Cañon Del Blanco        Valley of the Possible        Curacautin, CL   
    2018        The Forgotten Melodies of Pleng Arak        Time/Place program by WeTransfer        Kampong Tong, KH   
            selected exhibitions                   
    2022        Changes on Northern Shores        Arktikum        Rovaniemi, FI   
            Biennale Chroniques        Bibliothèque Méjanes        Aix-en-Provence, FR   
            Schemerlicht Festival*        Goffertpark        Nijmegen, NL   
            Into The Great Wide Open        Oost-Vlieland        Vlieland, NL   
            STRP Festival        Pullman Hotel        Eindhoven, NL   
            Nordlyst Festival        Andenes Lighthouse        Andøya, NO   
            AyarKut Foundation - Terrestrial Voice        Online        Yakutsk, RU   
    2021        ZER0|1NE Festival*        Hansen House        Jerusalem, IL   
            Uncloud Festival - Transliminal        Pieter Baan Centrum        Utrecht, NL   
            Rokolectiv - Earthtly Affairs        Guesthouse        Bucharest, RO   
            5020 - Intangible losses        Online        Salzburg, AT   
    2020        FIBER Festival - Instability        Tolhuistuin        Amsterdam, NL   
            ArtScience graduation show        Royal Academy of Art (KABK)        The Hague, NL   
            Polarities*        MU Hybrid Art House        Eindhoven, NL   
    2019        Agri/Cultures.Seed-Links        Global Seed Vault        Svalbard, NO   
            selected performances
    2022        Eigengrau*        The Grey Space in The Middle        The Hague, NL   
            Sonic Acts*        OT301        Amsterdam, NL   
    2021        Meakusma*        Cinema Eupen        Eupen, BE   
            Le Guess Who?*        Pieter Baan Centrum        Utrecht, NL   
            TodaysArt x SHAPE*        The Grey Space in the Middle        The Hague, NL   
            Warping Halos*        TivoliVredenburg        Utrecht, NL   
    2020        Rewire x Korzo*        Paard        The Hague, NL   
            FIBER Festival*        De Brakke Grond        Amsterdam, NL   
            Field Records Label Night        Dynamic Range Bar        Amsterdam, NL   
            Alpenglühen#51        La Matriz Espacio        Madrid, ES   
    2019        The LIMA Collection: New Work*        LIMA        Amsterdam, NL   
            Amsterdam Art Weekend*        Westergasfabriek        Amsterdam, NL   
            Rewire Festival        The Grey Space in the Middle        The Hague, NL   
            Mysteries of the Deep - Dimensions        Magick City        Brooklyn, USA   
            Field Records: Future History*        Secret Location        Kiev, UKR   
            Field Records: Future History*        OHM        Berlin, DE   
            Organik Festival 2018*        Niushan Huting        Hualien, TW   
            Mirage Festival        Les Subsistances        Lyon, FR   
            lectures / conferences / workshops
    2022        Biennale Chroniques (conference)        Bibliothèque Méjanes        Aix-en-Provence, FR   
            Re~search ~shape ~store (workshop)        Royal Academy of Art (KABK)        The Hague, NL   
            Art & Science Center (online lecture)        ITMO University        Saint Petersburg, RU   
    2021        Sound+light (online workshop)        Washington International School (WIS)        Washington, US   
            Insomnia Festival (lecture/conference)        Arctic University Museum        Tromsø, NO   
            Festival de la Imagen (online lecture)        Department of Visual Design        Manizales, CO   
            Body:Head (online workshop)        University of Art and Design (HEAD)        Geneva, CH   
            Material and Immaterial (conference)        Royal Academy of Art (KABK)        The Hague, NL   
            TEI Conference (lecture)        5020 / fünfzigzwanzig        Salzburg, AT   
            Social Re-Approaching (online lecture)        Royal Academy of Art (KABK)        The Hague, NL   
    2020        Sensing Place (lecture/conference)        De Brakke Grond        Amsterdam, NL   
            Polarities (lecture)        MU Hybrid Art House        Eindhoven, NL   
    2019        VOTP (lecture/conference)        Catholic University of Temuco        Temuco, CL