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Projection-Mapped Magic Carpets Continue Their Moroccan Takeover

In the third of his 'Digital Arabesques 2015' in Morocco, the artist transforms the floor of Tétouan’s Dar Benjelloun.
April 10, 2015, 4:00pm

Miguel CHEVALIER Digital Arabesques 2015 Tétouan (short version) from Claude Mossessian on Vimeo.

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.”

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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:

Miguel Chevalier Wraps Morocco in Virtual Mosaics

Projected Arabesque Textiles Adorn a Middle Eastern Waterfront

A Digital Magic Carpet Covers the Floor of an Italian Castle

Miguel Chevalier 3D Prints the Enormous Head of a Roman God