Michel Giroud defines himself as an oral painter (oralien in an electronic world) and tailor of all kinds (word, sound, gesture, voice, writing, drawing, diagram, object: theological, theoretical, historical, patataphysique ...) He is an historian and theorist of the avant-gardes (Dada, Fluxus and Co.), author of variable essays (Audiberti, Nougaro Hausmann, Bryen, Vostell, Filliou Dufrene, Artaud ...), founder and director of Kanal, newspaper Tour of France (companions of intermedia and transmedia art). He is also a journalist (member since 1975 of the International Association of Art Critics - AICA France), organizer of many exhibitions in France and Europe as well as a sprinter skier (cross-country skiing, mountain walking, alpine running, cycling hiking alpinien, Kayaki), "respirator" and founder and director of series of publications ("Projectoires" 1973-1981 to ed. Champ Libre, "l'Oeil Absolu", the 1974-1977 ed. Oak, "Trajectoires", 1977 -1981 to ed. Jean-Michel Place and "l'Écart Absolue" from 1999 to presses du réel in Dijon.
He is also the inventor of the Insvisible Externet Club (CIE) in France with Joel Hubaut, Charles Dreyfus, Richard Piegza, Joachim Montessuis, Lionel Magal, Julien Blaine, Tibor Papp, Esther Ferrer, Yvan Etienne, Serge Pey, Jean-Paul Thibeau, Max Horde, Cyril Jarton ...
Michel Girouds activity is often manifested in the apparent shape ("appearances") of pure spontaneity singular / eccentric (impromptu interventions, performances) in situ, he positions himself in the heritage of Dada as well as the Fluxus close to Ben Vautier and Fillou. His activity in the art-action led him to be invited to events of contemporary poetry and contemporary art in France, as well as in many international festivals.
His performances have been put into images (photo, video, DVD) on numerous occasions, particularly in La danse des fous de Joachim Montessuis. Similarly, they often intersect with other artists whether it is Joel Hubaut or Philippe Boisnard, Julien Blaine, Joachim Montessuis, Denis Colin, Lionel Magal (Fox Trot), Charles Dreyfus ...
A book on the work of Michel Giroud is to be published at Editions Presses du Réel in January 2014: "Michel Giroud: the Museum of the entertained Muses, the Imperium asinum Magnificum according to the principles of the Totally Total Poetry".
Michel Giroud. Coyote.