From March 9th – May 20th 2018, Miguel Chevalier’s Digital Abysses exhibition will inhabit the Base sous-marine of Bordeaux.
This new exhibition consists of stationary works as well as interactive and generative digital installations adapted to the site’s monumental scale.
Inspired by the great oceanic depths that make up two-thirds of the planet, the artist, a pioneer of virtual and digital art, pursues his exploration of nature via a recurring underwater flora and fauna theme (seaweed, plankton, radiolarians, coral…).
In a poetic and metaphoric manner, he explores the link between nature and artifice, two entities that coexist and enrich one another. Digital Abysses resonates harmoniously with the space, being at once mineral, aquatic, and botanic.
An element of surprise is maintained throughout the exhibition, between dream and reality, where the visitors are immersed in a strange universe full of mystery.
It recalls the great, mostly unexplored, oceanic depths that serve as an extraordinary source of imagination. Via the overarching theme of “abyss,” the exhibition explores our relationship with the living, visible or invisible.
Exploring the notion of artificial life, these artworks and installations question the fragility of these ecosystems and the preservation of biodiversity. The exhibition seeks to recreate the conditions of symbiosis between humankind and this reinvented aquatic nature.
“It is not my intention to illustrate the memory of this site, but rather to use it as a point of departure for a new story inspired by great oceanic depths: the abysses”. Miguel Chevalier. Source and images Courtesy of Miguel Chevalier.