Biography of Julien Baron
Always very curious and tactile, Julien Baron had an audiovisual revelation when he stumbled upon the film reels of his grandfather, who was a journalist. From that moment on, he couldn’t stop experimenting with all forms of expression related to image, sound and multimedia. His adolescence was marked by “garage” creations, including shorts, animations and slideshows, all made with a camera, cassette recorder and modified VCRs.
In 2004, after creating several animated shorts, his psychedelic video for the song Castorama by the group Marvin was selected by the Festival International des Arts du Clip in the Young Talent category. Thanks to his technical skills, especially as a projectionist, he joined the team at the Cathédrale d’images in 2005.
His desire to discover the world brought him first to Australia and then to Tokyo. There he worked with the dancer and choreographer Kanishi Sekagawu on the project Mirror, a “videoconcept” where time is reversed, sending back its opposite image.
Upon returning to France, Julien resumed working on shows at the Cathérale d’Images, including one on Picasso and another on Leonard de Vinci, which was in development at the time. In 2011, he and Annabelle adapted the Van Gogh show for the prestigious Art Science Museum of Singapore.
In 2016, Annabelle and Julien created lililililil, giving new life to immersive exhibitions in an attempt to make them educational in concept and emotionally impactful in design.
In 2017, The Grande Halle de La Villette welcomed Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron’s new production, Imagine Van Gogh, an elaboration of their first creation at Cathédrale d’images.
In 2019, Annabelle and Julien produced a new immersive exhibition, Imagine Picasso, which opened in Lyon at La Sucrière on October 4.