Ornamental, digital designs blanket an ancient floor in light in Miguel Chevalier’s latest production. The artist’s third site-specific project in his Digital Arabesques 2015 series, which has so far graced the floors of buildings in Fes and Agadir, is his projection-mapped takeover of the Dar Benjelloun in Tétouan, Morocco. Blooming in latticed, geometrical patterns, Chevalier’s designs emulate Moroccan architecture and mosaics, in particular the technique of zelliges and the artistry of Mashrabiya. As the viewer steps into the space, these compositions evolve, triggered by a network of infrared sensors throughout the room. As Mossessian explains in the video description, “in this way, Islamic art finds a natural connection with algorithmic and digital art.”
Each stage of the way, the projections have been documented by filmmaker Claude Mossessian and co-produced by the technical team at Voxels Productions. Digital Arabesques 2015 is on display in the city of Tétouan from April 22 to May 3. The display will then travel to the last of the four Moroccan cities in its circuit, Essaouira.
Check out our past coverage of Miguel Chevalier's work below: