Pending their new installation for the ‘French Touch’ show at Designer’s week in Tokyo this October, the French architect-and-multimedia-creator tandem Electronic Shadow are busy projecting images of their editorial line: hybrid and many-sided..The complementary skills of the founders of Electronic Shadow express their project: the fusion of built space and digital imagery in a context where ‘the size of habitat keeps getting smaller while the surface of screens keeps getting bigger’ (home cinema). With Electronic Shadow, architecture becomes a reality expansible to infinity, a support for interactive projection in which the interface or focal centre remains the inhabitant or the visitor, an organic being of flesh, blood and imagination.
Youniverse | Biennale of Contemporary Art – Seville 2008
2 October 2008 to 11 January 2009
Invited by Marie-Ange Brayer, curator for the Architecure section, Electronic Shadow are presenting ‘Ex-îles’, in the Charterhouse, the same place where Columbus prepared his epic voyage.
General curator: Peter Weibel, ZKM
Ex-isles is an interactive installation composed by a 5 by 2 meters and 20cm high pool filled with luminous water and anumerical extension on the internet. The superposition of physical water, set in movement by a water pump, and projected interactive images of water as well as the mix of the sound created by the real water and the event sounds resulting from the interaction create a new type of material which is physical and tangible but also immaterial and “magic”. The interaction with the device is possible from the physical space of the exhibition as well as from the web site.
Two light islands are situated at each side of the pool, one of them is on the ground and represents the “real”, the other in the water is a “virtual” one. When a visitor enters in the light of the island representing the physical space, he produces a natural shadow which is projected in the water as a luminous shadow crossing the pool by swimming. This silhouette leaves a trace, a line drawn from one island to the other. The line drawn by the presence of a visitor corresponds to the trajectory taken by the luminous shadow in the water.
Rinôçérôse / Electronic Shadow
Choreography: Rita Cioffi
Preview spectacle at Montpellier
27 September 2008 before tour in 2009
After a début in Valencia and before an upcoming hop to Buenos Aires, futurinô>> was presented last Saturday in Montpellier before an audience of 10 000 – a preview of the tour starting 2009. A voyage as much as a concert: three acts, an imaginary city and interactive tableaux reeling off in real time to musical rhythms, futurinô>> explores the stage representations of tomorrow, between the art and the music of today.
Born from the collaboration of the star Choreographer Carolyn Carlson and the two creators of Electronic Shadow, this performance of a new kind can be read as a visual and sound poem on the relativity of our perceptions. The stage comes to life by the unique gesture of Carolyn Carlson, space becomes the echo of the body, and the gigantic costumes become the skin of an image in perpetual motion. The time and space fold and unfold in an eternal cycle of which the duration of show is a perceptible slice. The show will be in Brasil next year.
Conception : Carolyn Carlson, Electronic Shadow
Choregraphy ans interpretation: Carolyn Carlson
Stage design and Image : Electronic Shadow
Music: Nicolas de Zorzi
Co-production : CCN de Roubaix / iDEALiD / La Condition publique
Interactive installation – water & image
To be auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong
5 October 2008, 7 pm
After a year-long itinerant exhibition throughout China, ‘Bissextiles’ will be auctioned along with most of the works exhibited, to benefit the Right to play association. Bissextiles is an interactive installation on this renewed topic of the link between the men, beyond the continents, such as it is symbolized by the Olympic Games and their five intermingled rings, in a common ocean, appears of a new imaginary and utopian geography. The other major topic of this installation is the memory of water and the universal vibration. These waves transmitted in nature, on the ground and in the universe exceed any geographical and political containment; they spread and cross, waves of the televisual transmission of the plays but also waves on unknown scales which maintain the universe in a whole.
A totally original system of fountain controlled by computer lets run water in this basin, drop by drop or in jet, at five points, in the center of the five rings, producing waves in the water, these drops are synchronized with sound and image to produce a contemporary fountain and water clock.
Electronic Shadow. Naziha Mestaoui, architect, and Yacine Ait Kaci, multimedia creator. The complementary skills of the founders of Electronic Shadow express their project: the fusion of built space and digital imagery in a context where ‘the size of habitat keeps getting smaller while the surface of screens keeps getting bigger’ (home cinema). With Electronic Shadow, architecture becomes a reality expansible to infinity, a support for interactive projection in which the interface or focal centre remains the inhabitant or the visitor, an organic being of flesh, blood and imagination. Because if it is tempting to resort to prospective vocabulary that is always intimidating (cyborgs, hybridization of virtual and real, digital avatars,…), installations by Electronic Shadow use elements that are archaic and universal before anything else – water (‘ Ex-îles ‘),fire (‘ Focus ‘), memory – and inscribed in the tradition of the image painted or transfigured by light or living space. Perhaps it is in magic, in other words concealed technology, that we should look for ways to understand the trans-disciplinary approach of the tandem: art, architecture, design and live shows. Realms of action in which the stakes in play remain the same: magnify the real while hiding technique, the ‘thing’ that thrills the spectator-user.
Aligning their production to fundamentals – on one hand artistic creation, on the other, the everyday application of research in the traditional context of commissions for architecture, design or scenography, Electronic Shadow mount art-work exhibitions all around the world (MOMA, New York Pompidou Centre & Espace Electra, Paris, Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo, MOCA, Shanghai…) as well as innovative propositions.
It is in this spirit that they will be ‘illuminating’ the Frac Centre in 2010, in collaboration with architects Jakob & MacFarlane, following a competition that promotes light and image as the key components of contemporary art and architecture.