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Generative "Magic Carpets" Make Their Final Stop in Morocco

Walk on (digital) water for the final installment of Miguel Chevalier's interactive generative light installation, 'Digital Arabesques.'
April 29, 2015, 4:00pm
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Like a sea of floating digital starfish that can morph into rickety ancient pillars, or a pixelated pond filled with lily pads, Miguel Chevalier's traveling Digital Arabesques 2015 installation graced the final leg of its four-part Moroccan tour last week at the French Institute of Essaouira. Today, a new video by Chevalier's longtime collaborator Claude Mossessian highlights the 21st century take on the Middle Eastern lattices, zelliges, and mosaics that drew the generative artist to the region with Digital Arabesques 2014 last year. Since the first installment in Sharjah, UAE, Digital Arabesques has brought a unique "magic carpet" that uses infrared sensors to follow visitors' pathways with blossoming geometric shapes through the cities of Fes, Agadir, and Tétouan.

"When the viewers interact with the piece they create disturbances under their feet in the trajectories of these mobile, interlaced patterns and new surprising compositions emerge," the video's description explains. "These moving patterns create a wave that forms and deforms to infinity to reveal a colorful living universe that is constantly renewed."

Digital Arabesques will be on display at the French Institute of Essaouira, Morocco through May 3, 2015. See Mossessian's footage of Chevalier's installation, captured in collaboration with Voxels Productions, in the video and images below.

Miguel CHEVALIER "Digital Arabesques 2015" Essaouira from Claude Mossessian on Vimeo.

Digital Arabesques 2015 is organized by the French Institute of Essaouira, Morocco, as part of Cultural Season France-Morocco 2015. See more of Miguel Chevalier's work on his website, and in our previous coverage below.

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