Magic Carpets

Submitted by Miguel Chevalier

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Project

Client: Casablanca French Institut

Location: Casablanca, Morocco

Completion date: 2014

Project Team

Artist

Miguel Chevalier

Other

Casablanca French Institut

Overview

Magic Carpets 2014, Miguel Chevalier
Generative and interactive virtual-reality installation
Music Michel Redolfi
Heritage Days, Church of Sacré Coeur, Casablanca (Morocco)
with Casablanca French Institut
Software Cyrille Henry and Antoine Villeret
50 m x 12 m / 164 x 39 ft

Goals

“Magic Carpets 2014” spreads out across the floor of the former Sacré Coeur of Casablanca Church, covering it with a huge interactive carpet of light at the occasion of Heritage Days.

Process

“Magic Carpets” revisits, via digital art, the tradition of embroidery with cross-stitching, Islamic art, and especially mosaics, which are not unreminiscent today of the notion of pixels. This installation pays homage to Moroccan craftsmanship, where carpetmaking holds an important place. This world of colors and shapes in movement takes us, as in a giant kaleidoscope, on an imaginary, poetic voyage. Miguel Chevalier’s new creative work plunges us into the magical universe of One Thousand and One Nights and flying carpets.