Paradis Artificiels by Miguel Chevalier

Paradis Artificiels

The new multiplex Cineum in Cannes designed by the architect Rudy Ricciotti presents the exhibition *Artificial Paradises 2021 *by Miguel Chevalier offers a journey into the heart of a reinvented artificial nature. Solo show until January 31, 2022.

Relying on a process initiated at the end of the nineties, which is based on the observation of the plant kingdom, and its imaginary transposition within a digital universe, Miguel Chevalier has created various herbariums that allow him to create virtual gardens that can be seen in the exhibition:

  • Trans-Natures 2021 : a virtual garden that follows the cycle of the four seasons and mixes different species of trees, foliage and realistic or imaginary flowers (software: Claude Micheli);
  • Extra-Natural 2021: a virtual garden made up of herbaceous plants with long translucent leaves, exotic flowers with extraordinary corollas and a symphony of vibrant colours (software: Cyrille Henry and Antoine Villeret);
  • Fractal Flowers 2021: virtual flowers with geometric shapes evolving at the edge of the plant, mineral, animal and robotic worlds (software: Cyrille Henry). Trans-Natures, Extra-Natural, Fractal Flowers, these different generations of flowers and virtual gardens take the form of digital works on screens and a generative and interactive work in monumental projection, also digigraphies, holograms, lenticulars, sculptures by 3D printing.

These different generations of flowers and virtual gardens take the form of digital works on screens and a generative and interactive work in monumental projection. Endowed with artificial lives, virtual plants appear randomly, blossom, fade and reborn in variation. The gardens are constantly changing.

The exhibition explores the multiple possibilities of work in the digital age and the materialization of the virtual. Computing code can be interpreted differently depending on the software and can accept all possible variations and supports: digigraphies, holograms, lenticulars, sculptures by 3D printing. Some of the works refer to the origins of cinema, taking inspiration from the chronophotography technique of Eadweard Muybridge or √Čtienne-Jules Marey.

The exhibition Artificial Paradises is an ode to nature and the cycles of life. The artworks reflect a world in which nature is increasingly controlled and conditioned, and where artificial life has become possible. They call for the preservation of biodiversity and seek to create the conditions for a symbiosis between human beings and nature.

With its 12 rooms fully equipped with the most high-end technologies for sound and image quality, it also includes a 500 m2 exhibition space dedicated to the artworks of Miguel Chevalier for its first exhibition. Artificial Paradises offers a journey into the heart of a reinvented artificial nature. Some of the works refer to the origins of cinema, taking inspiration from the chronophotography technique of Eadweard Muybridge or √Čtienne-Jules Marey. Source and photos Courtesy of Miguel Chevalier.

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