Saturday, February 28, 2015

Interactive "Magic Carpet" Opening in Fez

Miguel Chevalier
Last night saw the opening at Dar Batha of Digital Arabesques - an installation by digital artist Miguel Chevalier.

The installation, a digital virtual reality light show projected onto the floor of Dar Batha, is inspired by various geometrical elements of traditional Moroccan design.

The installation is part of the France-Morocco Cultural Season 2015 and sponsored by the the French Institute in Fez.

The opening was well attended both by the public and a number of well known artists, photographers and writers.

Miguel Chevalier said he was extremely happy with the reception given to his work and was obviously delighted by the way the public became involved with the interactive nature of the work.

The installation works on several levels. Firstly, the sheer brilliance of the visual effect is spellbinding and viewers found themselves mesmerised by the kaleidoscopic display, shifting and changing before them. 

Secondly, came the transition from being a viewer to being a participant by stepping onto the floor. Moving into and onto the lights created a strangely discombobulating sensation for a few brief moments.  

Standing in the installation, the viewers faces and clothing were bathed in the ever-changing display, faces looking as if they had been given living, shape-shifting tattoos  - instant body art

Tattooed by light ~ Instant body art 

An interesting extra element came in the form of two young men who gave an acrobatic display of break dancing amidst the shifting patterns. 

Miguel Chevalier's work, using software developed by Cyrille Henry and Antoine Villeret, will be seen at four French Institutes in Morocco: Fez, Agadir, Tetouan and Essaouira. The exhibition will run in Fez until March 5th. It is certainly worth visiting.


Installation Digital Arabesques 2015
Miguel Chevalier

Opening night in Fez -  Friday, February 27, 18:30 at Dar Batha
The exhibition runs from February 27 to March 5
Monday to Friday: 9 am - 17h
Free admission

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