French artist Sylvain Souklaye is interested in sampling memorial narratives about resilient human beings living in deprived urban areas extracting themselves out of systemic segregation. His performances are a collage of individual memories which are re-enacted for and via the audience.

Self-taught, Souklaye began performing with happenings as a means of kidnapping his audience during an intimate moment. He later experimented with digital art installations and performance art while pursuing his writer’s path.

 Among his best-known pieces are la blackline, a 5-year daily radio performance, le déserteur an installation dwelling on the notion of abandonment, and TME a docudrama performance exploring self-inflicted amnesia and the resilience of a second generation Algerian immigrant.

His methods characteristically involve intense physical acts as well as the use of unsettling intimacy. He adds field recording techniques as a narrative layer.

© Bruno La Versa

© Bruno La Versa


2019 / June 25th-August 11th : Épilogue, épitaphe, et puis rien… FILE Electronic Language International Festival, Brazil, São Paulo

2019 / May 17th: A.I. Reviews something II Muestra de Video Arte Faenza 2019, ARTBO, FIN DE SEMANA, Colombia, Bogotá

2019: (tba) DESERTED, performative film.

2019: (tba) Meta, data, etc, performative film.

2019: (tba) My little chaos, performance and installation.

2017 / 2019 (January): #T.M.E. : performance/video performance, International Jazz Festival 2017, Denmark, Copenhagen

2018 / 2019: Primal lights / Digital Shrapnel, diptych of digital art series. 

2018: The secret & Epistolary mother tongue : a collective, collaborative and secretive performance.

2018: Haiku D’Etat, digital and literary performance.

2017 / 2018: Time/Love, audio performance with Akano Eternii and naderi.

2017: Coeff8, curation and production the artists Sjakal & naderi, visual and sound ep.

2017: Morlock & Gentleman, digital sound art installation 

2016 / 2017: Shapes of collapse / State of lines / Data, pleins et déliés , trilogy of digital art series. 

2016: Sand Xplosion, digital art series.

2015 / 2016 / 2017: le déserteur, digital exhibition and mobile video installation.

2016 / 2017 / 2018: Selling Dreams.

2016 / 2018: LOST, new short novel bot for Facebook messenger in collaboration with Samuel Petit.

2014: SOLUS, novel (French).

2013: I’ll the bucket with last one punchline / Mr Pousse-Mousse / Lament of an outcast, short novel trilogy (English).

2012: Le jour du fléau, novel (French).

2012: Le désassembleur de puzzle, performance as part of the ‘La France qui bouge’ Festival, Institut Français, Germany, Cologne.

2011 / 2015: Nanos stories, digital short novel (French).

2011: 24h d’ecriture / 24hours of writing, literature performance followed by the public reading of the short novel at L’attrape-Coeur bookstore, France, Paris.

2010 / 2013: Nouveaux classiques, short film performance in collaboration with Benjamin Paulin and Frederic Vermersch.

2010 / 2013: I.I.D.A., new media art channel.

2009 / 2011: Silent poetry, visual poetry series (French).

2007 / 2011: Benjamin Paulin, advisor.

2007 / 2013: Observatoire des sociétés mourantes, literary and political blog.

2004 / 2009: L’été indien est passé par le balcon / Les cauchemars du fléau / 5 sens, 5 angles, 1 vision, bi trimestrial printed literary performance (French).

2005 / 2007: Mes démons enracinés vers le ciel, performance.

2002 / 2007: La Blackline & Rythme et mécanisme, daily radio live performance.

2000 / 2005: Organised and paid chaos, tri weekly and nocturnal performance.

1998 / 2013: Host, interview & production, radio journalist.