beauty in the age of digital art
Michaël Samyn graduated as a graphic designer in 1990. In 1992 he founded the fine arts collective Group Z, Belgium. When the web emerged as a creative medium in 1995, he switched entirely to digital output. His first web-based art pieces were hosted by Adaweb and soon after he started his own "hypermedia studio" called Zuper!
He won the prestigious Form Art Competition in 1997 and was the first human Mr. Net Art in 1998. In 1999, during a hell.com videochat, he met Entropy8's Auriea Harvey with whom he merged in Entropy8Zuper! Together they created both commercial websites for corporate clients, and very personal online artworks, like Skinonskinonskin and the Godlove Museum. In 2000, the couple won SFMOMA's Prize for Excellence in Online Art and Michaël received the Henry Vandevelde Prize for Young Talent.
In 2002, Michaël's attention shifted away from the web towards games technology. Tale of Tales was founded in 2002 with the purpose of exploring the artistic potential of realtime 3D. Its first project was a computer game called 8, about a deaf mute child trapped in a sleeping palace. Equally non-violent and devoid of text is its current multiplayer screensaver, The Endless Forest, where every participant plays a deer.
Michaël has two children and lives and works in Gent, Belgium.