The group was formed around Maurice G. Dantec founder, Jean Ternisien, Marc Azou and some buddies of college of the Parisian suburbs. Initially named emergency States, the quartet quickly changed its name into Artifact.
Several sessions studio, many pieces evolving/moving of punk basic with a music more experimental than some brought closer Pop Group, mixing funk, pop, punk and new wave, an experimental film (Crash landing) inspired by J.G. Ballard were born between 1977 and 1980.
It is only into 1981 that leaves the first and single album of the group, Agit' Pop, preceded by the 45 turns and its maximum, M.A.E.
Victim of internal tensions, the group dissolves then.