Pixels Wave

Pixels Wave 2011

Pixels Wave 2011

Generative and interactive virtual-reality installation

La Novela Festival, Musée d'art Moderne et Contemporain - Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France

Technical element:

3 videoprojector, 1 PC, 1 infrared sensor

Sizes: 108.27 ft x 24.61 ft

Software: Cyrille Henry / Antoine Villeret

Technical production: Voxels Productions

Pixel Wave is made up of various “multicolored graphic scenes,” following one upon another in random fashion, that are composed of such symbolic motifs from the digital universe as pixels, 0s and 1s (symbolic representations of binary code), mathematical symbols (+, x, and -), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. The wave ripples forth, endlessly taking shape and then losing its shape, thereby creating ceaselessly replenished universes. This fluid universe reacts to the motion of visitors. Their movements amplify the pixel distortions. This new creative work by Miguel Chevalier 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 wall that loses its shape and begins to dance. The reference here is to such Kinetic Art and Op Art artists as Victor Vasarely, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Julio Le Parc, who conducted research into movement and optical illusion.