L’Aubaine (Laurie Bender) is a live visual artist / VJ from Geneva based in London expressing herself herself in VJing, projection and live mapping, fulldome, live cinema.
L’Aubaine started performing live visuals in 2005 while studying a master in Digital Arts in Barcelona. From her study she got interested in real-time performances and exploring different forms of narrative.
All elements she uses in her work are self-produced, mixing different techniques, analogue and digital, as hand-drawn animations, 2D and 3D animations, graphical elements, photography, and videos. Her creations have that handmade feel, imperfect, bold and very colourful. Laurie crafted her unique style over the years by superimposing layers, interlinking shapes, and colours, mixing elements from different techniques in an unusual and elegant way. Since 2016, she integrates an analogue video synth in some of her VJ sets, to give a layer of texture and glitch.
Her VJ sets are evolving compositions, audio-reactive, created live and flowing with the crowd and the music. Each set never look the same, she shares emotions, playfulness and feels like a painter and her canvas.
In her AV narrative or Live Cinema projects, she expresses socio/politics/psychological concerns such as immigration, urbanisation and also travelling as a metaphor of an inner quest or as a journey. She uses a similar visual language as her VJ set made of text, videos, animations looped and layered. She usually works with an producer or musician for the audio side of her projects.
L’Aubaine is since 2015, part of VJ London, organising monthly meet-up & showcase and bigger events with a interactive installations and AV performances with artists based in the London area and international.
L’Aubaine played in several festivals, events, club nights in Europe such as Junction 2 Launch Day (Tobacco Dock, London), le Zoo/Usine (Geneva), Splice festival (London), DAAVS (Kosice/SK), Genius Loci Weimar (DE), Off Signal Festival (Prague), LPM (Amsterdam, Rome, Eindhoven), Shambala festival (UK), Blissfields festival (UK), Hackney Wicked (London), Knockan Stockan (Ireland), Visual Brasil (Barcelona), Mostra Sonora i Visual (Barcelona, etc.
Some of her videos were also shown in festivals and exhibitions such as Festival Vertical (Spain), Mostra Arte Digital, Caixa Forum (Barcelona), Festival Internacional de la Imagen (Colombia).