Miguel CHEVALIER “Fractal Flowers 2015 and Liquid Pixels 2015” Heart Ibiza (Spain) with interviews

A film by Claude Mossessian © Claude Mossessian

“Fractal Flowers 2015″ and “Liquid Pixels 2015″, Miguel CHEVALIER

2 generative and interactive virtual-reality installations
Softwares : Cyrille Henry and Antoine Villeret
Technical production : Voxels Productions

as part of LIVE ART curated by Nina Vagic, Ventana Contemporary Ibiza
For HEART IBIZA, Albert and Ferran Arià & Cirque Du Soleil
Gran Hotel Ibiza, Spain

Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté and the world-famous chefs Ferran and Albert Adrià open Heart in Ibiza, multi-sensory gastronomic theater, creative collision between molecular and gastronomy food, contemporary and digital art (Takashi Murakami, Dan Graham, Miguel Chevalier, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer), Design and Architecture (Patricia Urquiola) and performance.

HeART, the fruit of 10 years of ideas and discussion, inside the Ibiza Gran Hotel, divided into three distinct spaces : Terrace, Supper and Club.

The Supper it’s a unique space that explore and experiment what happens when innovative coocking, digital art and performance collide, in a new and sophisticated interiors designed by Patricia Urquiola.
The project “Live Art”, curated by Ventana Contemporary Ibiza, aims to create a dialogue within the unique environment of HeART, interacting with both the music and the site-specific human-art performances created by Cirque du Soleil, and enhancing the amazing food experience proposed by the Adrià brothers.
The guest artist for Live Art this year is Miguel Chevalier, pioneer of Digital Art, whose work involves the most innovative technology such as generative and interactive virtual reality installations. This is the first time that the artist has shown his work in Ibiza, presenting two breathtaking interactive settings “Fractal Flowers 2015″ and “Liquid Pixels 2015″, running every night, interacting with performances by human art and music (Technical productions : Voxels Productions).

“Liquid Pixels 2015″ is a generative and interactive virtual-reality installation. It pays homage to the painting of 1950’s, by Jackson Pollock, Sam Francis, Pierre Soulages, Luis Feito … and enrolls in the continuity of “the action painting.” A skin of colorful pixels evolves autonomously. The Cirque du Soleil performers’ movements create a trail of color, which mixes itself and blends in with the “painting” before fading slowly away. During certain parts of the night, the live music of the venue interacts and creates further turbulences in the image. Coming out of the canvas and merging with the screen, Miguel Chevalier finalizes the technique of “electronic dripping”, “a light painting ” in perpetual motion.

This warm colorful universe, liquid and vaporous, is reminiscent of the Ibizan sea and sunset. This abstract landscape evolves in real time under our eyes and immerses us in a recreated world between dream and magic.
“Fractal Flowers 2015″ is a generative and interactive virtual-reality installation. It’s a giant virtual garden that evolves endessly. Behind this work, a generator produces gigantic beautiful fractal flowers of different sizes, colors and shapes, creating autonomous virtual seeds, growing, opening out, fading and reacting to the audience. Beyond their beauty, “Fractal Flowers” with their graphic forms, almost mathematical, reveal freedom since each plant is unique through their abstraction and is never the same. It reveals stylized flowers, through the extreme geometry of their shapes. We are in front of an intriguing vegetal universe that evolves on the frontier between mineral, animal and robotic. Through atypical shapes, amazing colours, otherworldly artificial paradises are created.

These flowers have on the one hand a real monumentality with their geometrical shapes, and on the other hand an evanescence, when after some seconds, the flowers evaporate in the air like a cloud becoming progressively blurred. As they cast a glance at the visitors, looking at them according to their movement, the gigantism of these flowers creates an enigmatic dialogue with the visitors. Flowers stoop to bow in order to welcome the public into this mysterious virtual garden, then display their most beautiful colors and shapes, merged on colored backgrounds, lean out as to observe close to our reality, before finally disappearing out of sight, out of our fascinated look, touched by the living relationship with a ephemeral virtual object.

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