Magic Carpets Bangkok 2018
Bangkok Illumination at ICONSIAM
Generative and interactive virtual-reality installation
ICONSIAM, River Park G Floor, Bangkok, Thailand
Software: Cyrille Henry / Antoine Villeret
Until 31 December 2018 and from 5th to 31January 5 2019
Magic Carpets Bangkok is a giant light carpet (60 m x 14 m – 196.85 ft x 45.93 ft) that will fill the floor in front of ICONSIAM River Park.
This creation explores via digital art, the artistic resources and creativity of shape from Thailand cultural heritage, more specifically Thai Fabrics.
60 different graphic scenes following one upon another in random fashion, are composed of motifs inspired by Thai patterns and colors, as well as symbolic motifs from digital universe (pixel, 0 & 1, USB...).
Thousand patterns turn on themselves, move from right to left, form a rippling wave. Patterns come alive, mix together and generate new and surprising compositions. It creates ceaselessly replenished universes.
Creating a magical world of colour and shape, people are invited to explore and walk on these kaleidoscopic interactive carpets. This fluid universe reacts to the movements of visitors. Depending on the movement of the visitor, interactions are created with the framework formed by the patterns. Their movements amplify the distortions of the virtual scenes under their feet.
« Magic Carpets Bangkok » creates unprecedented visual experiences and kinetic universes. This new creative work harks back to the idea of the trompe l’oeil technique in art, disturbing the perceptions of visitors while creating the sensation of a shifting floor that loses its shape and moves.
This work shows that it is possible to develop new and audacious contemporary art creations, which take their inspiration from traditional styles.
Like a giant kaleidoscope, this world of colors and shapes in motion leads visitors on an imaginary and poetic journey of optical illusion and play.