“I believe in stories conceived in collaboration as interdisciplinary story forms across disciplines and screens. They are the future of storytelling. In these experiences, artists and audience are wrapped in ephemeral realities in which people can play an active role. And for such productions or scénographies in French to deploy with vision and quality, cultural authorship requires a lab. The challenge is to bridge multi-projections, soundscapes, large-scale print material and VR experiences seamlessly – for lasting impact.”
A passionate iconoclast in visual storytelling, CB stands for creative activism and breaking down barriers separating the artistic, anthropological and academic disciplines. She operates from the floatinglab.org
in Hackney. In 2020, she aims to conduct curated experiences where author, audience and artwork converge in uniquely shared moments.
Her Manifesto We Own the Night written for the International Center of Photography in 2018, called for a new way of being immersed in photography paired with spoken words, installations, performances and soundscapes. It eschews the traditional gallery in favour of stages where artwork can be passed from hand to hand, projected onto walls and discussed in what she coined as #criticaljamming conversations that bring together artists, thinkers and experts to riff on a central theme.
CB designs invisible architecture between people, spaces, and stories. For her, reality is the new fiction; an arresting twinning of facts and metaphors.
was first founded in 2007 in New York as a one-[wo]man company. The name is a tribute to visual authors investing the real through fieldwork, research, observation and critical thinking.
Concept & Development
ICP LAB | Online Journal | Critical Thinking | International Center of Photography
Fundraising Campaign Production | Girl Effect
Trust Women | Multimedia Campaign | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Global Reporting Room | Journalism for Citizen Journalism | School of Visual Arts
Access To Life | AIDS Campaign | The Global Fund + Magnum
Human Rights Campaign | 2007 Beijing Olympics | Human Rights Watch
Magnum In Motion | Storytelling Platform | Magnum Photos
Workshops & Lectures
REVEALING REALITY | research agency [photography skill development]
ICP LAB | Workshops | Museum Bowery, New York
SOUTH BANK UNIVERSITY OF LONDON [documentary practice]
WORLD PRESS PHOTO [Masterclass ‘Master’]
LONDON COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION [guest lecturer]
CENTRE NATIONAL DE L’AUDIVISUEL CNA LUXEMBOURG [workshops]
INA [INSTITUT DE L’AUDIVISUEL] PARIS [workshops]
To best speak of my work
Monique Villa | Author | [ex] CEO Thomson Reuters Foundation
Susan Meiselas Board President | Magnum Foundation
Ayperi Karabuda Ecer | Author | [ex] Vice President of Pictures at Reuters
Mark Lubell Director | International Center of Photography
Bruno Patino | Director Editorial ARTE [ex Le Monde]
Lars Boering Director | World Press Photo
Damon De Ionno | Managing Director Revealing Reality
Donatella Marashin | [ex] Head Multimedia Dept. | South Bank University
Sophie Rouse | Director Marketing & Communications | Girl Effect