CHIROMANCY

An Interactive & immersive video art experience

CREATION ON THE  6TH OF  OCTOBER FOR LA NUIT BLANCHE  PARIS  2018

Ecole NEUVE SAINT PIERRE

15 RUE NEUVE SAINT PIERRE 75004 PARIS from 7PM

Chiromancy is a video art installation composed of 280 facets 3D print mirrored sculpture, a motion sensor, a computer and a 7 minutes audio video loops on 3 multichannels. 

Create an unique and original work of art by exploring the space with your hands.  

 

 

CHIROMANCY, a unique experience where the visitor becomes an artist!

Chiromancy is an interactive and immersive work of art, a reverse shadow play where shadow gives way to light in order to explore alternative future through video art. Once the visitor enters the room, he finds a chair to sit on and a table dimly lit with an object evoking a crystal ball. By moving his hands over the “crystal ball”, the shape of his hands appear like in a shadow play on the one meter diameter sculpture facing him a few meters away. Depending on their position, the hands reveal different video clips about alternative futures (3 different clips are potentially accessible at any given time), so he can mix the videos, juxtapose them according to his own choreography creating a patchwork of images, a true cadavre exquis.

The video art is composed of 19 minutes of original work made of 75 short videos. Through the use of special effect, music, interview and text in different languages, the videos address environmental issues, challenge a model of society only based on overconsumption, question virtual reality, explore the possibilities of living on other planets, with irony and humor while relentlessly asking the question “Do you think we can predict the future?” 

As stated before, Chiromancy is also an immersive work of art. Indeed, the sculpture which is used as a screen is made of 280 mirror facets designed and made using the technology of 3D printing. This technology allows us to create carefully crafted angles that will reflect light onto the environment but which won’t dazzle the audience.  Depending on the hands movements of the visitor, the video will be projected by reflection under the form of multiple colored abstract shapes moving across the walls and the ceiling, creating an intimate experience for the visitor in interaction and a collective and immersive experience for all to share.

Chiromancy is the claim of foretelling the future through the study of the palm. The set up of the installation is to make the visitor suspend his disbelief, to create for him a magical experience. But at the same time, the work reveals itself as an ironic comment on the practice of Chiromancy: the hands do reveal signs, but they are so numerous and constantly changing that you can’t make sense of them. The foretelling of the future appears to be an illusion, a magic trick, an empty hand gesticulation. The visitor is the only creator of his future. And that is exactly what he becomes, a creator, when he interacts with the virtual reality of “Chiromancy”. He creates an ephemeral and unique work of art and becomes in the eyes of the other visitors a performer choreographing a ballet of light with his hands.

Chiromancy has been commissioned by the city council of Paris for La Nuit Blanche Paris which took place on the 6th of October 2018.  The digital duo N2U was asked to create a work of art in-situ in a classroom of an elementary school in Le marais, a historical quarter in the center of Paris. They have decided to The installation was picked as best installation among 200 works by the contemporary art journalist Julien Baldacchino from France Inter (French national radio) and by social media influencer "La rébellion artistique", Bav(art)dages and Bulle d’art.