Nemo Biennial


The Region of Île-de-France, a resolutely digital territory, proposes six months of creative abundance with the second edition of the Nemo Biennial. As its theme indicates, there is no doubt that it will be made up of happy chance, creative accidents and serendipity everywhere! This mysterious word that means that when looking for something, one sometimes finds something far more interesting, is indeed the symbol of a real regional dynamic for artistic creation in the digital age. We wanted this event to be denser, more in a spirit of partnership and better spread out across the territory of Île-de-France: with more than 130 events (exhibitions, shows/performances, concerts, talks and conferences, etc.), Nemo brings together over sixty different and complimentary spaces in Île-de-France, akin to the territories in which they are in, from Paris to the inner suburbs and the Greater Paris, with a complicity that makes this major event of Île-de-France one of the most important French events devoted to digital creation and whose influence goes far beyond our borders.
The Némo Biennial is an event dedicated to art and creation. It is the space for artistic permeability, hybridization of disciplines, support of emerging aesthetics and developments, valorisation of the relationship between art and science, permanent attention to societal questions that are at the heart of our time, those of data and ultra-connexion. Thanks to the artistic and logistical coordination of Arcadi Île-de-France and the professionalism of its team, theatres, venues for digital culture, current music spaces, private or public art galleries, research spaces and many atypical and multidisciplinary structures have joined forces. Némo’s strength is also its international dimension, and the partnerships it has developed with Europe and the rest of the world, for example with the platform SHAPE for the promotion of digital arts supported by Creative Europe, or then again, the Cross-years of the Institut Français. We therefore invite you to participate in this immersion in artistic creation in the digital age, immersion open to all the inhabitants of Île-de-France, and to make a date of the 4th of October for its big inaugural evening.

President of the Île-de-France region

Delphine BÜRKLI
Regional councillor
President of Arcadi Île-de-France



A throw of dice will never abolish chance. Stéphane Mallarmé
God doesn’t play dice. Albert Einstein
Chance is God’s logic. Georges Bernanos
There is no such thing as chance! Jules Petitbidon
Chance is simply a synonym of ignorance. Henri Poincaré
We make chance a matter of absolute calculation. Edgar Allan Poe
If Cleopatra’s nose had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have changed. Blaise Pascal


Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident. Mark Twain
Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. Niels Bohr


After Prosopopoeia: when objects come to life in 2015, and while waiting for The late human species? in 2019, now is the time for Chance, accident or serendipity?.You will find in this programme gems that you had never looked for and, when rushing towards what naturally attracts you, we will make sure that you discover many other things. Serendipity, like chance, will smile at your prepared and curious minds. A fertile wandering specific to art (and today to Internet), it is favoured by indecision, nonlinearity, alterity, the voyage rather than the destination. But one could also wonder if there will still be room for it in the near future, when everything will be no more than anticipation, data-creating, quantification and normativity… For now, time for serendipitous surprises, creative accidents, the unexpected, and the organisation of chance by digital artists. The Biennial’s partners are even more present, varied and committed for this edition. It’s the occasion for the Biennial and Arcadi’s team to thank them and underline how beneficial territorial cooperation is for the renewal and intertwining of forms, artists and publics. Isn’t the nature of the international Biennial of digital arts to bring together the creative strengths of art, science and technology in Île-de-France, in order to place us collectively and with insight on the path of chance and discovery?

Director of Némo, international Biennial of digital arts – Paris / Île-de-France,
Arcadi Île-de-France

The “Biennale internationale des arts numériques-Paris/Île-de-France” is an Arcadi Île-de-France production.
The Biennial is financed by the European Union’s Creative Europe programme as part of the project known as SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe).
With support from the Ministry of Culture and Communication, and the Île-de-France DRAC’s Cultural Economy Department for art action projects initiated by the Biennial.


Arcadi Île-de-France

Arcadi Île-de-France provides long-term support to project owners in the fields of stage art (song, dance, opera and theatre) and digital art, by contributing financial aid, aid in kind and industry aid to improve the production and distribution of projects and to support the development and structuring of teams. It encourages artistic research, innovative approaches, pooled resources, changes and new practices specific to the cultural and artistic sector, and contributes to discussions on the sector’s current problems. As part of its task of cultural observation, Arcadi Île-de-France initiates, coordinates and carries out studies. It supports the design and implementation of awareness-raising projects, mediation and artistic and cultural actions aimed at residents of the Paris region through its work as a cultural mediator in Île-de-France high schools, and the “Passeurs d’images” scheme. //

Nicolas Cardou
Interim Director of Arcadi Île-de-France

Delphine Bürkli
Regional councillor and President of Arcadi Île-de-France




Gilles Alvarez

Director of Némo, international Biennial of digital arts – Paris / Île-de-France, Arcadi Île-de-France

Sandra Caffin
Production Manager

Gabrielle Godin
Production Assitant

Yves Le Guen et Olivier Le Fur
Technical Management

Gersende Girault, Charlotte Samson and Hélène Thomas

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