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Matrix Paris

Client: Fondation EDF

Location: Paris, France

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $169,996

Project Team


Leo Fernekes

Fernekes Designs


Light Installation with programmable red and blue LEDs
50 x 50 x 19 ft (L x W x H)
LEDs, wires, custom-electronics, custom-software
Exhibition at Fondation EDF, Paris
November 30, 2018 – February 3, 2019
Matrix Paris is a fully immersive and experiential light installation. The visitors walk into a maze of LED lights distributed over two floors. The colors of the lights slowly change between red and blue.


These colors delineate the visible color spectrum as well as the spectrum of our human emotion with red as the most sensual color and blue as the cool, rational counterpoint. The corporeal intensity of the immersive aesthetic experience combined with the underlying technological aspects of a highly sophisticated binary logic blurs the border between the virtual and the real.


The tight collaboration with engineer Leo Fernekes made it possible to create an ephemeral installation by minimizing the mechanical and electronic components. Custom electronics and software are embedded in standard strut channels to enable a maximum flexibility of the modular exhibition components. The installation is site-specific but can be modified for spaces of similar or larger size.