MANU DI MARTINO

 

 OKUS LAB Founder- ART DIRECTOR

 CHOREOGRAPHER / CONSULTANT / ART DIRECTOR / DANCER / VISUAL ARTIST

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Manu Di Martino is an artist with an unusual career. As a former researcher in biochemistry and genetics at the University of Liège, he starts dancing late on in life – at the age of 24. As dancer and choreographer, he comes in contact with various dance styles but he specializes in urban dances. He becomes then video-maker / visual artist and founds the company OKUS (visual arts and dance) in 2004. His projects are always organized around research and interdisciplinarity: hip hop and contemporary dance, videography, photography... 

BIOGRAPHY (By Mathilde Normand, Advertising Manager)

What happens when you mix genetics to visual arts ?

A skillful mix which founder of Okus Lab, Manu Di Martino distills since many years. Imagine yourself projected into the universe of a hybrid artist ! A man who is able to cohabit sciences, in all forms of art ? A genetically modified artist to create !

At the crossroad between two worlds, Manu Di Martino experiences as much he creates to accomplish his artistic appetite. He merges his origins of researcher in biochemistry and genetics to the dance which he practices lately. His double degree allows him to apprehend this sector with a new look and filled with a belief in the fundamentals of those two passions At the age of 24, he becomes choreographer, exploring all style he encounters and specializes into urban dances. Involving body movements to those of lights, it's naturally that he founded the label Okus Lab , a real multidisciplinary laboratory where video and performance combines. Becoming videographer, Manu Di Martino continues to evolve in this universe which belongs to him, transcending the established limits between art and science, in order to affix his brand, his signature, his DNA.

A total work, a experience as much powerful as touching between two worlds which we imagined in opposite. A Mr Hyde with sparkling shoes !

BIOGRAPHIE (Par Mathilde Normand, Chef de publicité )

Qu'advient-il lorsque vous mélangez la génétique aux arts visuels ?

Un savant mélange que le fondateur de Okus Lab, Manu Di Martino distille depuis plusieurs années. Imaginez-vous projetez dans l'univers d'un artiste hybride. Un homme capable de faire cohabiter les sciences, à toutes formes d'art ? Un artiste génétiquement modifié pour créer.

A la croiser de deux mondes, Manu Di Martino expérimente autant qu'il crée pour rassasier son appétit artistique. Il fusionne ses origines de chercheur en biochimie et en génétique à la danse qu'il pratique plus tardivement. Son double cursus lui permet d'appréhender ce milieu avec un regard innovant et emplis d'une croyance dans les fondements même de ces deux passions. A 24 ans il devient alors chorégraphe, explore tous les styles se présentant à lui et se spécialise dans les danses urbaines. Conjuguant les mouvements du corps à ceux de la lumière, c'est donc naturellement qu'il fonde le label Okus Lab véritable laboratoire pluridisciplinaire où viennent se mêler vidéos et performances. Devenus vidéaste, Manu Di Martino continue d'évoluer dans cet univers qui n'appartient qu'à lui en transcendant les limites établies entre art et science pour y apposer sa marque, sa signature, son ADN.

Une oeuvre totale , une expérience autant percutante que touchante au confluent de deux mondes que nous pensions opposer.

Un Mr Hyde aux baskets étincelantes.

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