miguel chevalier weaves + projects complex meshes of light to durham cathedral miguel chevalier weaves + projects complex meshes of light to durham cathedral
nov 25, 2015

miguel chevalier weaves + projects complex meshes of light to durham cathedral

miguel chevalier weaves + projects complex meshes of light to durham cathedral
all images courtesy of miguel chevalier

 

 

 

for lumiere durham 2015, the UK’s largest light festival, miguel chevalier presents the premiere of his artwork ‘complex meshes’. the installation took place at the durham cathedral, a building constructed at the end of the 11th century and which represents the most accomplished example of norman architecture in england. following chevalier’s ‘magic carpets‘, a projection on the floor of the casablanca cathedral in 2014, ‘complex meshes’ is a monumental illuminated artwork that highlights the ribbed-vault ceilings of the durham cathedral’s central nave — a daring architectural feature which was ahead of its time, which announced the beginning of the gothic art style in architecture. 

miguel chevalier complex meshes
presented at the durham cathedral, the most accomplished example of norman architecture in england

 

 

 

 

a mesh is a three-dimensional object consisting of vertices, edges, and faces which form polygons, used in modeling or architecture. for this piece, the use of numerous wireframe meshes becomes an aesthetic in itself. different colored weaving patterns composed of triangles, quadrilaterals, and other polygons overlap, evolve and transform slowly in real time. these huge virtual light curtains twist, move and resize to create diverse and complex shapes. the surface is deformed to generate the abstract landscapes of a living universe that is constantly changing.

 

the projections give a moving sensation to the ceiling
video © claude mossessian 

 

 

 

these vivid color grids create surprising trompe l’oeil effects which disrupt the perceptions of visitors by creating the sensation of moving arcs. by using this technique, this installation refers to kinect art and op art artists like bridget riley, victor vasarely, jesus rafael soto, and julio le parc, who conducted research on movement and illusion optics which prefigured digital art. 

miguel chevalier complex meshes
projected at dusk on the exceptionally designed ribbed-vault ceilings of the cathedral’s central nave

 

 

 

 

furthermore, this interactive work uses sensors to detect movement of visitors, altering the light fresco and impacting the structure of the work. the overall visual experience is enriched by the famous music composer jacopo baboni schilingi. ‘complex meshes’ creates a magical atmosphere, where it’s pixel skin becomes one with the stone and gives off a radiant energy that invites visitors to sit on the benches and raise their eyes to the ceiling.

miguel chevalier complex meshes
the use of numerous wireframe meshes becomes an aesthetic in itself

miguel chevalier complex meshes
this huge virtual light curtains twists, moves, and resizes to create diverse and complex shapes

miguel chevalier complex meshes
the surface is deformed to generate the abstract landscapes of a living universe that is constantly transforming

miguel chevalier complex meshes
these vivid color grids create surprising trompe l’oeil effects which disrupt the perceptions of the visitors

miguel chevalier complex meshes
installation refers to kinect art and Op Art artists like bridget riley, victor vasarely, jesus rafael soto, and julio le parc

miguel chevalier complex meshes
the interactive work uses sensors to detect movement of visitors that alter the light fresco 

miguel chevalier complex meshes
visual experience is enriched by the famous music composer jacopo baboni schilingi

miguel chevalier complex meshes
‘complex meshes’ amplifies the space and brings further light into the nave 

miguel chevalier complex meshes
the installation invites us to dream with the language of spiritual elevation as it reflects the invisible  

 

 

project info:

 

title: complex meshes

 

artist: miguel chevalier

year: 2015
music: jacopo baboni schilingi
generative and interactive virtual-reality installation produced by: artichoke

location: lumiere durham 2015, durham cathedral, uk
date: 12th-15th of november 2015
software: cyrille henry and antoine villeret
technical production: voxels productions 

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: juliana neira | designboom

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