Light & Texture

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Whether by superposition, or even its creation, light and texture, shapes and illusions often meet one and another. Here are a selection of different projects and artworks exploring in their own ways this intriguing thematic. 

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Light Leaks

Light Leak, a scattered array of fifty mirror balls reflect light from three projectors, filling a room completely with small reflections, casting patterns that fill the visitor’s peripheral vision. Creating a curious space that alternates between a meditative state, and an uneasy imbalance. An experiment in combining a found object with computer vision to create a profound and unusual experience.

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Infinity Room

Infinity’ is an immersive environment project by Refik Anadol. Project is an integral part of artist’s ongoing ‘Temporary Immersive Environment Experiments’ which is a research on audio/visual installations by using the state called immersion which is the state of consciousness where an immersant’s awareness of physical self is transformed by being surrounded in an engrossing environment; often artificial, creating a perception of presence in a non-physical world.

In this project ‘infinity’ chosen as a concept,a radical effort to deconstruct the framework of this illusory space and transgress the normal boundaries of the viewing experience to set out to transform the conventional flat cinema projection screen into a three dimensional kinetic and architectonic space of visualisation by using contemporary algorithms.

Light is the major element in the experiment, used to blur and interconnect the boundaries between the two realms actual/fictional and physical/virtual. It signifies the threshold between the simulacrum space created by the projection technology, and the physical space where the viewer stands. The experiments will discuss the inherent spatial qualities of immersive virtual environments and their effect on the embodied person. Through the presented framework, the experiments intends to question the relativity of perception and how it informs the apprehension of our surroundings. Rather than approaching the medium as a means of escape into some disembodied techno-utopian fantasy, projects sees itself as a means of return, i.e. facilitating a temporary release from our habitual perceptions and culturally biased assumptions about being in the world, to enable us, however momentarily, to perceive ourselves and the world around us freshly.

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INSULA ORCHESTRA / Orpheo’s Mind

Insula Orchestra partners Superbien, creative agency, to realize abstract video « Orpheo’s Mind » on Orfeo ed Euridice extract by Gluck « Che puro Ciel ». The song is interpreted by the famous counter-tenor Franco Fagioli and Insula orchestra under the leadership of Laurence Equilbey. The audience is transported by this hypnotic poetry celebrating the beauty and expressing space, the flight of time and Orpheo ‘s tumult of feelings when he crossed the hells. The cloud suspended at the center of this audivisual poetry represents inner illumination and spirit ascension. Videos projeted on the cloud and lights are processed further as material. Light and video differents technologies mixed with the sculpture aesthetics and the track beauty affirms this musical work’s modernity and poetry.

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Rock_Splotchy

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Ryan Alexander – texture rendered in processing.

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Light Rings

Nikolaus Gradwohl