miguel chevalier's digital arabesques adapt to visitors' movements miguel chevalier's digital arabesques adapt to visitors' movements
mar 17, 2015

miguel chevalier's digital arabesques adapt to visitors' movements

miguel chevalier’s digital arabesques adapt to visitor’s movements
all images courtesy of miguel chevalier




miguel chevalier was influenced by moroccan culture when creating ‘digital arabesques 2015’, a generative and interactive installation shown in association with four french institutes in morocco. the work recreates moroccan artistic traditions with a digital medium, creating massive sensor-controlled carpets of light. multicolored digital scenes compose patterns reminiscent to the art of zelliges, arabesques, mosaics, and the world of mashrabiya–latticework. 

two designs side by side




sophisticated geometrical patterns create a scene that forms and deforms in a living, constantly renewing environment. when viewers interact with the piece they create disturbances–monitored by infrared sensors–that radiate through the patters and form unpredictable compositions.


video courtesy of claude mossessian




the work harks back to the idea of trompe l’oeil, disturbing the perceptions of visitors by creating the sensation of a continuously shifting floor. chevalier also heavily referenced the kinetic/op art movement artists such as victor vasarely, whose work predated the digital art of today. 

a user interacts with the space

patterns fluctuate under the visitor’s feet 

mathematical formulas and infrared-sensors control the floor

the floor compliments the location’s architecture

an unlimited amount of people can participate 

change occurs after even the smallest movement

designs are influenced by zelliges, arabesques, mosaics, and latticework

lights on the floor

an infinite amount of possibilities can occur  





dar batha, fes (morocco)
fes french institute
february 27, 2015 to march 5, 2015


garden of french institute, agadir (morocco)
march 10, 2015 to march 20, 2015


dar benjelloun, tétouan (morocco)
french institute of tétouan
april 3, 2015 to april 15, 2015


derb lâalouj, essaouira (morocco)
french institute of essaouira
april 22, 2015 to may 3, 2015



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