The artist has refracted his ultramodern vision through the prism of Islamic mosaic art and the magical flying carpets described in The Arabian Nights. The artist is previewing Digital Arabesques 3, the site-specific artwork he will present in Marrakech in 2008.
Digital Arabesques 3, the latest artistic project by the Franco-Mexican digital artist Miguel Chevalier, was originally conceived in Marrakech when he was invited by the French Institute (IFM) to serve as artist in residence at the Riad Denise Masson in November 2004.
Miguel Chevalier's work uses pixels, software algorithms and digital techniques to conjure up virtual universes of computer-generated images and futuristic urban environments.
For Digital Arabesques, Miguel Chevalier has refracted his ultramodern vision through the prism of Islamic mosaic art and the magical flying carpets described in The Arabian Nights. His desire to fuse digital art with the vibrant craft culture of Marrakech has led him to explore both mosaics and carpet making, two of most traditional of Moroccan crafts. With Digital Arabesques, he has interwoven the rich tradition of fantastic literature and non-representational divine art of the Arab world to create a fantastic spectacle worthy of the tales from a thousand and one nights.
At the invitation of Nicole and Patrick Levillair, owners of Palais Ksar Char-Bagh, from June 24 to 26, 2006, Miguel Chevalier is previewing Digital Arabesques 3, the site-specific artwork he will present at Jemaa el-Fna Square in Marrakech in 2008.
To give visitors and potential sponsors a preview of this site-specific public artwork, Miguel Chevalier is presenting a series of reduced-scale prototypes in the gardens of Ksar Char Bagh Hotel and in the local village. The multimedia installation will create a perpetually shifting spectacle of kaleidoscope-like colors and patterns.
Miguel Chevalier has chosen the cultural crossroads of Jemaa el-Fna as the setting for his interplay between digital art and folk tradition. For the bustling square, with its wild mixture of scents and sounds, he has envisioned an ethereal landscape, midway between dream and reality. A countless variety of balloon-mosaics will float in the air like soap bubbles. Alongside them, digital "flying carpets" will ripple and glisten, in a shimmering swirl of images.
The artist has brought a fresh artistic perspective and a new theoretical approach for this ambitious project which reinterprets the modern experience through its blending of genres and the juxtaposition of contemporary and traditional elements. Guests can catch a first glimpse of this exiting new art installation at the preview in Palais Ksar Char-Bagh.
Jemaa el-Fna Square
Marrakech - Marocco