Martine Neddam is an artist who uses language as raw material. Since she began as an artist her favourite subjects always were 'speech acts', modes of address, words in the public space. Since 1988 she exposed text objects (banners, plaques, shadows on the wall) in museums and galleries. She also realized many large-scale public commissions in several European countries: Netherlands, France, and Great Britain.
Since 1996 she created on Internet virtual characters that lead an autonomous artistic existence in which the real author is never disclosed.
- Mouchette, created in 1996 whose website is still active to this day is a 13 year old girl who exposes online the fantasies born from her dark imagination, constantly triggers for user's participation and response from her web audience. She has become such a cult figure that she decided to share her identity with her online friends in Mouchette's Network.
- David Still who was created in 2001 offers his identity and the use of his email account to all the passing web surfers.
- XiaoQian, created in 2006 is a Chinese artist who creates virtual persons.
There, in May and June 2008 she is giving a special course in the Masters Program about virtual characters.
About public commissions http://neddam.info
Mouchette's CV: http://mouchette.org/cv
David Still: http://davidstill.org
David Still's CV: http://davidstill.org/cv
Virtual Person: http://www.virtualperson.net