The agent

Pierre Cassou-Noguès and Gwenola Wagon

Video installation and performance


How do screens transform the problem of inhabitation as it was posed in the 20th century, for example in the opposition between Heidegger and Le Corbusier over 'machines for inhabiting'? How does digital technology change the way we live? We interrogate contemporary modes of inhabitation as mediated by the digital. Digital inhabitation covers a wide range of practices and situations: the search for a home on real estate websites; the time and space occupied and organised around the screen in contemporary living; the urban transformations wrought by accommodation platforms... Real or virtual, dwelling is experienced, fantasised and analysed in the first person. Our research includes first-person accounts, fictions, speculations and theoretical analyses. It materialises in creations in several media: a book, a website, a video production and a series of performances around the texts of the book "Habiter", which aims to stage the transformative power of the digital through the use of filters.

The Agents #1 is a video installation that questions the contemporary life machine. In the near future, real estate advertisements are generated by an AI. Descriptions and photographs are repeated and merged into a uniform cocoon fantasy. Soon, filters will be applied to the faces of estate agents, who will take on the stereotypical appearance of animated characters. The cocoon is so soft and colourful that it becomes a nightmare.


Sophie Maglia, À propos de l’installation « Les agents », de Gwenola Wagon et Pierre Cassou-Noguès, scripteo, 2023.


Habiter, Micro-résidence Alphabetville du 25 février au 4 mars 2023.

The Agents, performance and installation at Xanadu, Iméra, Marseille, 2, 3, 4 March 2023.

The Agents, installation vidéo, exhibition U.S.B. #5, Fenêtre(s) sur cours, ESAD, Orléans, March 30th -May 28th 2023.

The Agents, performance, films Montevideo-La Cômerie, Marseille, Avril 2023, 19th.

The Agents, in writing residency at Villa La Brugère, Spring 2024. Arromanches-les-Bains.


Réalisation : Pierre Cassou-Noguès and Gwenola Wagon

With Pierre Cassou-Noguès, Marie-Bénédicte Cazeneuve et Gwenola Wagon,

With des logiciels d'Intelligence artificielle

Production performance :

Micro-résidence Alphabetville

En partenariat avec : Montevideo-La Cômerie, Iméra,

Merci à Colette Tron, Christophe Bruno et Jeff Guess