Pixels Wave 2012
In homage to Auguste Herbin
Generative and interactive virtual-reality installation
Auguste Herbin's retrospective exhibition, Musée départemental Matisse, Le Cateau Cambrésis, France
1 PC, 3 videoprojectors, 1 infrared sensor
Software: Cyrille Henry / Antoine Villeret
Technical production: Voxels Productions
In Vague des Pixels the different graphic multicoloured images follow each other in an aleatory manner changing from a wave made up by elements referring to the digital world (pixels,mathematical symbols and letters found on our computer key-boards,or in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth) and the forms emanating from Herbin’s alphabet. In this work a wave ondulates, appears and disappears permanently. With the aid of presence sensors a reaction to this fluid universe is produced. The movement of the spectators amplifies the deformation of these pixels. In this manner, the artist is trying to establish a new version of the idea of trompe l’œil (deceive the eye) and perturbs the perception of the visitors by creating the sensation of a wall that is in permanent motion and which changes constantly its shape. 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.