Origin of the World Bubble 2018
Generative virtual-reality installation
Oxford Circus, Lumiere London 2018, Londres , (UK)
Software: Cyrille Henry
Technical production: Voxels Productions
Technical collaboration: Unusual and QED
Commissioned by Mayor of London
Curated by Artichoke
Sponsored by The West end
Origin of the World Bubble was suspended high above Oxford Circus, which became pedestrianised during Lumiere London 2018. The piece has been specially commissioned to fit the world-famous site, a key digital playground for pedestrians during the event.
Origin of the World Bubble is inspired by the world of biology, microorganisms, and cellular automata. Cells multiply in abundance, divide, and merge in sometimes slow, sometimes rapid rhythm on the inflatable sphere (11 m diameter).
Everything comes together, comes apart, and changes shape at top speed. These organic universes mingle sometimes with constructivist universes made up of pixels. These unstable, black-and-white megapixel tableaux gradually give way to vivid, color-saturated spirals. 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 while perpetually replenishing itself. 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.