French artist Miguel Chevalier’s latest installation Origin of the World Bubble has been suspended high above Oxford Circus, which became pedestrianized during Lumiere London 2018.
The piece has been specially commissioned to fit the world-famous site, a key digital playground for pedestrians during the event.
Origin of the World Bubble is inspired by the world of biology, microorganisms, and cellular automata. Cells multiply in abundance, divide, and merge in sometimes slow, sometimes rapid rhythm on the inflatable sphere (11 m diameter).
Everything comes together, comes apart, and changes shape at top speed. These organic universes mingle sometimes with constructivist universes made up of pixels. These unstable, black-and-white megapixel tableaux gradually give way to vivid, color-saturated spirals. An organic world or a pixilated one, this artificial universe somehow seems to meet up with the universe of living beings.
This is a new kind of “technological Baroque” art while perpetually replenishing itself. Sinuously rippling curves bring back to life the artificial paradises of the Nineteen Seventies. They create unprecedented visual experiences that are not unreminiscent of psychedelic universes.
all images and video courtesy of Miguel Chevalier
Curated by Artichoke
Sponsored by The West end
Software : Cyrille Henry
Technical production : Voxels Productions, Unusual and QED