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Shelley Alex Pellegrin (Photographer / Designer/ Performer/ VJ)
Born on a bayou of New Orleans, Shelley received her BA at LSU in advertising and marketing. She continued her education at the Savannah College of Art and Design and graduated with her MFA in Computer Art and Animation. In 2001, she co-curated the Out the Box Interactive Festival, an event designed to merge and showcase various disciplines of the art school that were previously operating in vacuums, independent of one another; this was part of her thesis. A highlight of this event was a theremin-controlled entertainment selector which, when played (and released), launched a projected animation of the user’s choice. A custom MAX-MSP patch controlled the scrolling thumbnail banner interface running on a Mac. During this time Shelley was involved in various musical projects and took the stage name as MC ShellShock, producing electronic music, freestyle and raps. She hosted Sunday events at Z'otz coffeehouse in New Orleans, inviting musicians and DJs to perform. Planet Elektroland parties featured art and experimental music before dance-friendly DJ sets in clubs. After much of life living in New Orleans, Shelley moved to Los Angeles, and through mutual contacts, she befriended Joana, Nereida and Tara. Shelley was determined to pursue photography while working as a designer. Her job gave her the freedom to travel to Berlin, where she met and ultimately married her soulmate. Today Shelley lives in Berlin and is a multidisciplinary visual artist. Her newest venture combines all of her interests in the expression of VJ Hard Return. On very special occasions, she can still rock the mic.
Cathy Cocat (Visual Artist)
French artist Cathy Cocat began her career as an Art Director / Graphic Designer for communication and advertising agencies in Paris. She resumed her studies and received her DNAP at the school of Fine Arts in Marseille (France) following her education at the University of Arts UdK in Berlin. While attending UdK, Cathy participated in Hito Steverl’s workshops. In 2014 she traveled to Israel, Palestine and Jordan for an organized workshop by Via Lewandowsky. She worked on a photograph series, called Brains: Hot Bombs. This series was exhibited at the Circle 1 Gallery in Berlin while finishing her MFA in UdK. After receiving her MFA, she was part of a group show at the gallery Haus am Lützowplatz in Berlin. The following year (2015), she directed a nine minute experimental film, ‘GLITTERARY’ SYSTEMS. In 2018, this film will be part of a performance/installation she is currently working on. In 2017 during the PAC, Printemps de l’Art Contemporain in Marseille (France) she has been part of a group show Fashionistas where she has presented an installation of painting, sculptures, edition and strange accessories. In October she presented a selection of recent works, 8bis rue Martel (private place) in Paris. Her inspiration is drawn through the questioning of reality and metaphysics of the living material. “Artist work is constantly question, decompartmentalize, take risks, which are only chances.” Cathy Cocat