Les Nivaux

Paris, France


Les Nivaux is the artist couple Pascale (a graduate of the École des beaux-arts de Caen), whose pieces question the idea of nature and nurture, and Thierry (a graduate of École nationale supérieure Louis-Lumière in Paris and the Université Paris VIII), who focuses on concept photography, video art, performances and photo installations.

They have combined their modes of creative expression to serve one tool: the scanner. They travel the world in their truck, which they have converted into a digital studio. They have twice participated in Paris editions of Nuit Blanche.

About the artwork

It is urgent ! It is urgent to disable the runaway earth, to slow down and suspend time to think about the future, a new life, a new world, a new ecology, a new economy, a new way of work, of living together, and take control of your life.

That’s why, the artists imagined a re-appropriation of the famous red mushroom button STOP EMERGENCY. So large that it takes a vast part in public space, that you had to sit on, alone or all together, to climb on it to proclaim a message, and press it to say STOP, to rest, talk and refect on a possible RESET.

Les Nivaux ask the public to an engagement both physical and digital.
Physical by stopping and sitting down.
Digital by sharing a message, a photo, a video on social networks with #stopurgence.

“Stop what, who? Talk about and share a photo of you on the button, or just the button. What is the emergency or Your emergency, according you?” And if this button was connected? And if this button initiated a #STOPURGENCE movement?

Artist's artworks and activities

Stop Urgence!

Mediation – Les Nivaux