El Origen del Mundo

El Origen del Mundo 2013

El Origen del Mundo 2013

Generative virtual-reality installation

Filux, Festival International de las Luces Mexico, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico D.F., Mexico

Technical element:

1 PC, 2 videoprojectors 25000 Lumens

Sizes: 164 ft x 98.43 ft

Software: Cyrille Henry / Antoine Villeret

Technical production: Voxels Productions

This monumental work, urban in its scale, draws its inspiration from the world of biology, microorganisms, and cellular automata. Cells multiply in abundance, divide, merge, and proliferate at a sometimes slow, sometimes rapid rate. Everything comes together, comes apart, and changes shape at top speed. These organic universes mingle sometimes with constructivist universes made up of pixels, thereby dismantling the apparent order of Palacio de Bellas Artes facade.
These unstable, black-and-white megapixel tableaux gradually give way to vivid, color-saturated spirals that whirl about. An organic world or a pixilated one, this artificial universe somehow seems to meet up with the universe of living beings. This is a new kind of “technological Baroque” art that gives form to the formless while perpetually replenishing itself. Appearing one after the other, the sixty tableaux will go on to create perturbations, oscillations, fluctuations, even turbulences in the trajectories of these cells. Sinuously rippling curves bring back to life the artificial paradises of the Nineteen Seventies. They create unprecedented visual experiences that are not unreminiscent of psychedelic universes.
In the end, what this installation does is pay homage to Mexican muralist artists, such as Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros, whose mural paintings, executed in public spaces, made art accessible to the great majority of people.

Film by Claude Mossessian