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Felix Magal

March 23, 2012

Creative tech as we explore the Internet with one of the men behind the USB SHOW events

  • Text by Christophe Victoor

From young Parisian music maven to a new wave Internet provocateur. Meet Felix Magal and his pioneering new Internet art exhibition: USB SHOW.

Satellite Voices: What is your background?
Felix Magal: "It is hard to be wrong when you make the questions and the answers," said Groucho Marx. I am here just answering questions, so I might be wrong from parts to parts. I started organising parties for young Parisians when I was 15 with my friend Manaré, now a DJ signed on the label Youngunz. This was the time of the Make Some Noise parties, which lasted a certain amount of time. Afterwards, we both started helping Victor Aime with his We Are Underage parties, a similar party concept as ours: providing really cool parties for a young crowd that did not have the ability to attend any sort of regular nightlife. Since then, we all grew up, and I navigated around for a while, until I found what I really was into: the Internet! I am now specialised on the Internet.

SV: Where does your passion for Internet come from?
Felix Magal: I like Internet for its virtual and social aspects. It is the only real virtual form of life, just like an awaked dream. I like the spirit behind Internet, the ability to meet people, to learn and build things. I am even currently studying at the Ecole Européenne des Métiers de l'Internet (European School of Internet Jobs). It is a school initiated by the owners of famous French online store Ventes-Privées.com, online dating website Meetic, and internet provider Free. My passion for Internet probably comes from girls I guess. I have a whole theory about the fact that Internet would not exist with the influence of girls. It is very logical in a way, and I will explain it another time…

SV: What is the concept of the USB SHOW?
Felix Magal: USB SHOW is the first Nouveau Document event that I organise with Bonjour Jean Jacques, a group of very talented Parisian graphic designers. The concept is inspired by a common will related to the "net art", being that we all want to share visuals and informations which are impossible to see anywhere else. The idea was to ask 21 artists around the world to take a USB key and to full it up with their artwork. We want to build a bridge between the physical world and the virtual world. It's a philosophical philosophy.

SV: What can we expect from the upcoming USB SHOW?
Felix Magal: First of all, there will be a projection of all the different artworks provided by the artists. And we will sell USB keys that will integrate the entire collection of artworks from this specific event. But it will also be an opportunity to meet up with wonderful like-minded people!

SV: Are any other events planned for the future?
Felix Magal: We are currently working on the next events. So if you are young, or even a little older, and if you want to do things related to the digital art, feel free to contact us! We're very open.

Portrait by Karl Hab

USB SHOW opens April 5 from 7pm at Le Point Ephémère @

200 Quai de Valmy
75010 Paris

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