FLORA | PHILIPP ARTUS
March 15 > 31 | LIGHT INSTALLATION
GALERIE DE L’ART DU TEMPS/CHAPELLE DE L’ORATOIRE | 14 rue de l’Oratoire
Opening: from Tuesday to Saturday 11AM > 7PM | Sunday 2PM > 6PM
In the interactive installation FLORA abstract lines create complex and delicate shapes, which resemble the appearance of plants. The viewer can interactively control the animation with a touchpad, and thus design the emerging patterns.
The animation in FLORA is generated by overlapping sine waves that travel through a string of lines. This wave principle often appears in nature when energy is transmitted through a medium like water, air or simply a rope. It can also be observed in the locomotion of animals and human-beings, in which kinetic energy is transmitted successively through joints.
The FLORA algorithm of is based on the discovery that a simple system of rotating lines can create endless variations of abstract shapes – ranging from curved harmonious lines to edgy and chaotic patterns. The resulting aesthetics combine computational accuracy with an organic playfulness, and tend to trigger diverse associations in the mind of the viewer.
Each individual has a unique approach to control the shapes. Some are very tentative, others are reckless and wild, and others again are very analytical and try to understand each parameter. Furthermore, the aesthetic preferences for the shapes vary: some prefer curved harmonic shapes while others prefer edgy abstract patterns. FLORA is like a visual instrument that mirrors the personality of the player. It is an open artwork that generates creativity.
Contemplating the motion of my cat’s tail was the initial inspiration for the project. It made me realize that a simple chain of rotating joints can create a fascinating and elegant motion. Studying character animation and Newton’s laws of motion was also an important influence. Furthermore I got inspired by artists who explore the relationship between science and nature like Paul Klee, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Karl Blossfeldt.
Light installation, 2015/2016
Concept, animation and code: Philipp Artus
Philipp Artus is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Berlin.
His experimental animations, light installations and drawings explore the manifestations of life through movement, sound and imagery. He composes audiovisual experiences that unite playful elements with minimalist structures, timeless themes with contemporary observations, turbulent acceleration with contemplative silence.
After graduating from the École des Beaux Arts in Nantes/France he spent 2 years studying animation, physics and music theory autodactically. He then finished his postgraduate studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne/Germany.
His projects have been shown in various museums, festivals and galleries around the world including the SIGGRAPH Art Gallery in Los Angeles, Prix Ars Electronica in Linz/Austria, Visual Music Awards in Frankfurt (Winner 1st price), Setouchi Triennale Megijima Island/Japan; European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück/Germany; CURTAS in Vila do Conde, Portugal; LUMINALE in Frankfurt/Germany and the Vimeo Awards in New York City.