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Reliquiae mirabilis
Interactive sculpture, digital art and augmented drawings


An artwork realised in co-creation with Yosra Mojtahedi : www.yosramojtahedi.com
and Scenocosme : Grégory Lasserre & Anaïs met den Ancxt


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Reliquiae mirabilis

Interactive sculpture, digital art and augmented drawings

The trees breathe, transpire... Their saps stream down... irrigating their bodies with nutrients necessary for their protection systems.
The sap turns into resin and then heals the tree when it is injured This plant exudate is a mucus necessary for the protection and life of the tree.
It is fascinating to understand that trees have the ability to transport sap and water from the ground to vertiginous heights. They use a mechanism that results only from the transpiration of the leaves via photosynthesis by the contribution of energy from the sun.

The fluids of the bodies are essential for life, for growth. The sap irrigates the plants. The blood irrigates our bodies. Liquids nourish souls and existence. The milk that flows from the breasts of women, the nourishing water of mother earth, the elixir of life, feelings, tears, love before death. When sap and blood flow out of the bodies, suffering oozes, extricates itself from being, life evaporates slowly and inexorably.

This artwork evokes relationships to life and wounds.
Its darkness have the color of the ebony but like the phoenix, it is reborn from the ashes like a burned forest ready for renewal.

This interactive sculpture is made from branches of dead trees taken from the forest. The sculpted tree reconstituted comes back to life symbolically. An interactive device (computer + microcontroller + sensors + water pump) causes an olfactory liquid to flow along it outer bark and entrails, from it summit to its roots in the receptacle. The liquid oozes, pearls, trickles down meticulously, slowly or quickly depending on the approach of the audiences.
A delicate carnal and floral fragrance escapes delicately.



Partners and supports
- Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes [SCAN] Soutien à la Création Artistique Numérique
- Ville de La Teste de Buch
- Ville de Saint Etienne
- Association accès-s cultures électroniques (Pau)
- Fées d’hiver - Centre de création d’Arts Numériques





A large black and white drawing is in front of the sculpture.

It represents hybridizations between human bodies and plant forms.

A video projection device at the back of the drawing increases the drawing with liquid and incandescent materials.

The materials are superimposed on the drawing. Organic movements in shape of breaths and palpitations are intertwined with the texture of the drawing,

All the movements are correlated with sounds also driven by the audio system of the device.

Organic sounds evoke whisper and breathing, resonances close to sensuality.



Interactive sculptural and sound installation
When the viewer approaches the tree sculpture, he reveals and awakens the work

 

Interactive sculpture
a liquid bleeds from the tree
organic whisper are heard
a delicate perfume escapes
the lights around the artwork rotate and make its shadows dance in the room

 

Augmented drawing

the drawing comes alive when the tree sculpture evolves
lights and shadows of liquid video materials are delicately superimposed on the actual drawing.



Equipment
Microcontroller, Presence sensors, Audio system, Water pumps, Liquid, Wooden sculpture, Receptacle, Dynamic lighting, Videoprojector, Computer

 



Inspirations

Trees and forests also a connection to the sacred and secrets.

The bodies of trees have similarities with humans, their body irrigation systems, their defence systems, their vulnerabilities.

These earthly bodies that point to the celestial, that rise upwards, to the sky.

This artwork offers a poetic, sensual, sensory and sensitive dialogue with the spectators.




Yosra Mojtahedi, Le paysage s'enivre au jaillissement d'une fleur sous les veines de l'arbre, encre sur papier, 140x200 cm, 2022





Previous exhibitions of "Reliquiae mirabilis "

Created in september 2022


Festival Accès-s #21 - culture(s) électronique)s - Pau (Fr)
Curator : Jean Jacques Gay
2023 : www.acces-s.org

Pléiades - Festival des arts numériques - Saint-Etienne (Fr)
Bourse du travail
08/11/2022 - 12/11/2022

Festival Mouvement d’Arts - La-Teste-de-Buch (Fr)
Galerie La Source
Curator : Sabine Recton
15/10/2022 - 30/10/2022

Les folies numériques - Vallée de Crévoux (Fr)
Première résidence de création : été 2022




Scenocosme : Gregory Lasserre & Anais met den Ancxt - www.scenocosme.com