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[Premiere] Gaze into a Next-Level Kaleidoscope for the Digital Age

Here's the exclusive video premiere of Baillat Cardell & Fils's kaleidoscopic installation, 'Supercarré.'
Images by Jean-Sébastien Baillat, Guillaume Cardell, and Vincent Raineri

SUPERCARRÉ -Mutek Mx from Baillat Cardell & fils on Vimeo.

Chances are, you've never seen a kaleidoscope quite like this: Montreal-based design studio Baillat Cardell & Fils have revisted and upped the ante on the timeless technology with Supercarré, an audiovisual installation that immerses the viewer in a hypnotic digital environment.

Channeling the signature geometric aesthetic that unites Baillat Cardell & Fils, the installation debuted last month in its newest iteration at Mutek MXSupercarré explores the Ancient mathematic quest to 'square the circle,' but also looks to generate optical effects that open an ambiguous and psychedelic dialogue between spectator and spectacle. Today, the creative studio offers The Creators Project the online premiere of a video that dives into the core of the piece.


Seen here, when spectators turns their gazes through a mirror-covered tunnel whose extremity is equipped with a screen, a series of animated patterns created by the powerful combination of Illustrator, After Effects and Cinema4D begin to emerge. At once geometrical and minimalistic, the motion graphics diffuse themselves along the installation's walls, and their reverberations produce the illusion of a 3D sphere with 54 faces that multiply its original pattern.

While spectators stare into the kaleidoscopic abyss, a series of three screens placed behind them enhance the immersive, reflective effects of this piece, their visuals marching to the beat of an electrifying soundtrack created by electronic artist Alain Thibault. Take a sneak peek at the Supercarré video above, and check-out a few exclusive pictures from the Mutek MX version:

Supercarré at Mutek Mexico was made possible thanks to contributions from Sony, Damian Romero and Cocolab.


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