Ultra Nature 2007
Generative and interactive virtual-reality installation
Galerie des Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France
5 PC, 6 videoprojectors, 5 infrared sensors
Size: 2 700 sq.ft
Technical production: Voxels Productions
Ultra Nature is a lush virtual garden, made up of eight varieties of luminescent, scalar plants, ranging from herbaceous vegetation and bright yellow flowers with turquoise stems, through to cacti in shades of red and violet. Each plant evolves according to a unique cycle that is defined by its morphogenetic characteristics. Motion sensors allow visitors to influence the growth of the garden's plants. As viewers interact with the artwork, the plants incline to the left or right, creating a scene which alternates between baroque strapwork and stylized organic ballet.
Ultra-Nature is a new digital form of Impressionism. One can feel the cosmic sensibility of Monet, particularly his researches on light, weather and nature, his series such as the famous Nymphéas. This work of art is one image of our world, always facing future and constantly on the move.