Generative Installations Pay Tribute to French Paintings


Pierre Soulages, the French painter, engraver and sculptor that turns 100 on Christmas Eve of this year, was once described by Francois Hollande as “the world’s greatest living artist” for his signature outrenoir (beyond black) style featuring thick, dripping black brushstrokes over lighter and more colorful backdrops. Now, thanks to pioneering digital artist Miguel Chevalier, Soulages’ work is getting an interactive digital treatment in the very museum that is named for him in his hometown of Rodez, France. The exhibition presents two immersive, generative and interactive digital installations, “Pixels Liquides” and “L’Origine du Monde”, both of which expand on the contrast of light and dark and respond to the gestures and steps of the museum’s onlookers.

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“Pixels Liquides,” measuring 13.4 meters by 7.8 meters, involves different shades of black and blue flowing over the wall canvas to create large-scale abstract paintings in real time. “L’Origine du Monde,” measuring 12 meters by 7.5 meters, is inspired by the beginnings of life both figuratively and literally. This interactive installation explores the organic world of biological cells and microorganisms and the patterns that emerge from layers of interaction. Check out the video below to see how the moving images transcend both the mediums of painting and video:

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Jason Kushner is a videographer, editor, writer and filmmaker living in the Greater Atlanta Area. With an educational background combining film and journalism, Kushner has shot video and written for a myriad of publications and multimedia projects including Creative Loafing Tampa,, Starline Films and Digital Signage Connection. His 2009 documentary American Colonies: Collapse of the Bee became an Official Selection at 12 international film festivals, won Best Documentary at the 2009 Central Florida Film Festival and a John Muir Gold Award at the 2009 Yosemite Film Festival.  In 2015, he became Digital Media Editor for Digital Signage Expo, LightShow West and LED Specifier Summit and has since become Digital Content Manager for those shows’ parent company, Exponation.

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