The Artwork is a ‘son et lumiére’ geometric exploration of light and form that plays upon Harris’ background as an architect. Within the piece the Artist has turned his attention to the historically rich Beaux-Art façade of the Grand Palais in Paris.
Although the architectural elevations have been removed from the final version of the video work, Harris’ tracing and musings are evident in the black and white graphics that explore and distort the hidden architectural history. The interplay between the projected patterns creates a playful yet dynamic tension to the underlying architecture and the historical gravitas of the
In an evolution of traditional optical illusions, the patterns meander between calming geometric studies and more dramatic visual movements, accompanied throughout by a musical score that is integral to the overall experience. Both the visual and sonic elements of Harris’ installation alter the viewer’s perception of the Grand Palais so that its architecture takes on a new narrative.
The musical score to the artwork was created specifically for the installation by Harris’ collaborators Kristian Gilroy and Dougal Drummond. Several major musical movements occur over the 20 minute cycle, with the instrumental score directly driving the computer code responsible for bringing the series of geometric studies to life.
Signature: Signed certificate by artist
Image rights: Priveekollektie & Dominic Harris
PAD London 2016; Art Miami 2016
About Dominic Harris
Since establishing Cinimod Studio, a multi-disciplinary, London-based practice in 2007, artist and designer Dominic Harris has gained international attention for his digitally-driven works of interactive art. Harris has devoted recent years to seamlessly blending natural phenomena with complex code through integrated electronics and innovative fabrication techniques. Inspired by the architectural interventions of James Turrell and Dan Flavin, Dominic offers viewers a sublime experience of their surrounding environment in his surreal installations that wryly illuminate the effect of digital culture on human perception in the information age. One of the artist’s most ambitious pieces invited participants to wildly gesture or attempt to change their own heart rate, which would in turn light up the London Eye.
British, b. 1976, based in London, United Kingdom