Périphérie 1998

Périphérie 1998

Music: Gérard Hourbette

Interactive installation (3D and video)

Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris, France

Technical element:

3 screens, 6 video projectors, 3 Intergraph PCs, 3 Umatic Pal VCRs, 3 sensor pads (floor)

Sizes: 5 x 12 x 12 m (16.4 x 40 x 40 ft)

Software: Emmanuel Mâa Berriet

Technical collaboration: Architect: Bruno Liance
Interfaces: Sylvain Bélot

Périphérie ("Outskirts") is a VR installation projected onto three curved screens (6 x 3 m) which were positioned to create a 360-degree cylindrical space within a 450 sq.m. area. The first part of the work comprised video footage of traffic traveling in both directions along Paris's ring road which was projected onto the lower 4/10 of the screen. Sequences were shot during the day and at night and edited digitally to create an intersecting "double helix" which reflects the highway's spatial and temporal flows. Gérard Hourbette's music provides the perfect backbeat to the high-speed "telescopic effect" of the video images of this urban landscape. The lower 6/10 of the screen displayed vector images of computer-generated structures. Sensors in the floor allowed visitors to interact with the images on screen and move through the virtual architectures and concentric layers of space.