Digital Arabesques 2015
Generative and interactive virtual-reality installation
Cultural Season France-Morocco 2015 , Dar Batha, Fès, Morocco
Commissioned by: French Institute of Fes, Morocco
1 PC, 2 videoprojectors, 1 infrared sensor
Software: Cyrille Henry / Antoine Villeret
Technical production: Voxels Productions
Miguel Chevalier is inspired by the culture of Moroccan architecture to create Digital Arabesques, an installation of generative and interactive virtual reality presented through four French institutes in four cities of Morocco: Fez, Agadir, Tetouan and Essaouira.
Digital Arabesques revisits the Moroccan tradition through new technologies. The installation is deployed on the ground as a great magic carpet. Different "graphic pictures" composed of geometric patterns in reference to zelliges, arabesques, mosaics and moucharabiehs, succeed randomly. These different patterns create a moving wave that forms and deforms to infinity. We discover colorful living universe constantly renewed
Thanks to presence sensors, this creation is interactive. These graphic universe of light react to visitors' movements. The wave is transformed under their feet. Arabesques intersect, intertwine, overlap, drawing ever more surprising new compositions. This creation revives the idea of trompe l'oeil and disrupts the perceptions of visitors by creating a feel of a floor or a wall that moves and deforms. This installation refers to artists of kinetic art and Op Art, such as Victor Vasarely, who conducted research on the movement and the optical illusion that prefigure and digital art.
Miguel Chevalier found in the art of zelliges, sources ornamental grammar comparable to its own visual language. The geometry that characterizes this Moroccan art meets mathematical laws that computer software can gain new forms. Islamic art joined by algorithms and digital art.
Such as zelliges which develop from floor to ceiling in Morocco, the Digital Arabesques cover the floor, their bright colors reminiscent this colorful land where the sun is omnipresent. The viewer the impression of seeing through a giant kaleidoscope that would transform the universe into constellations. This creation recreates the magical atmosphere of flying carpets, which are tinted dreams and poetry as the Tales of the Arabian Nights.