Name of the work: Métamorphy
Created by: Scenocosme
Members of Scenocosme : Gregory Lasserre & Anais met den Ancxt
Where: Digital Village
Robert Dansby of the California Institute for the Arts discusses this work:
French artists Gregory Lasserre & Anais met den Ancxt collaborate under the name Scenocosme and their work Métamorphy offers immersive objects and environments involving projections of the body. Métamorphy refers to the notion of metamorphosis and the prefix « méta » means ideas of change, succession, to go beyond.
Métamorphy is human interface work which uses a fabric membrane interface. Métamorphy in a sense plays on prosthesis – in this case extending the body into authoring mode. Each interaction is unique. The viewer’s body interaction with the membrane surface generate color fields, video and audio which is projected in real time by the viewer / participant’s actions onto the membrane. Changes in pressure or position are translated immediately into a changing palette of color and sound. The membrane becomes both score and instrument for both sound and sight. The work is dependent upon interaction, no reaction occurs until contact with the interface membrane.
Here’s a fascinating description of the work, written by the French artists:
Métamorphy artwork offers immersive and projections of body by mixing real and imaginary reflects. Métamorphy refers to metamorphosis notion and the prefix « méta » means ideas of change, succession, to go beyond.
The semi-transparent veil has an elasticity which is incorporated within the processus of metamorphosis. When the hand pushes the fabric, it reveals various depth of matters. This veil is the sensitive surface of the artwork. It is a kind of skin, a frontier which is transformed when the spectator touches it. Then, it becomes again rigid when the spectator stops to touch it.
Gestures of spectators on the veil allow to change matter of images: tridimensional distortions generates visual and sonorous video matter which is transformed in real time through their interactions. Like a music score, each interaction zones on the fabric offer sonorous matters when the spectator pushes his hand. Then, when nobody interacts with the veil, it becomes rigid and virtual matters disappear. The reflect of the spectator is only visible.
Award : iNTERFACES Award / Interactive Art Competition : honorable mention – Porto (Portugal) Research Center for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR) Grant : Région Rhône-Alpes [SCAN] Soutien à la Création Artistique Numérique / Ville de Saint Etienne
The artists : Scenocosme : Gregory Lasserre & Anais met den Ancxt
Gregory Lasserre and Anais met den Ancxt are two artists who work together as a duo under the name Scenocosme (www.scenocosme.com). They live in France. They develop the concept of interactivity in their artworks by using multiple kind of expression : art, technology, sounds and architecture. They mix art and digital technology in order to find substances of dreams, poetries, sensitivities and delicacies. They also explore invisible relationships with our environment: they can feel energetic variations of living beings. They design interactive artworks, and choreographic collective performances, in wich spectators share extraordinary sensory experiences.
Their artworks were presented in several contemporary art and digital art spaces.
Since 2004, they have exhibited their interactive installation artworks at ZKM Karlsruhe Centre for Art and Media (Germany), at Museum Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Canada), at Daejeon Museum of Art (Korea), at Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh (USA), at Bòlit / Centre d’Art Contemporani (Girona) and in many international biennals and festivals : Art Center Nabi / INDAF (Seoul), Biennial Experimenta (Australia), BIACS 3 / Biennial International of Contemporary Art of Seville (Spain), NAMOC / National Art Museum of China / TransLife / Triennial of Media Art (Beijing), C.O.D.E (Canada), Futuresonic (UK), WRO (Pologne), FAD (Brasil), ISEA / International Symposium on Electronic Art (2009 Belfast, 2011 Istanbul, 2012 Albuquerque), EXIT, VIA, Lille3000, Ososphere, Scopitone, Seconde nature (France)… during important events : World Expo (Shanghai), Nuits Blanches (Toronto, Halifax, Bruxelles, Brighton, Amiens, Segovia), Fête des lumières (Lyon)… and in various art centers : MONA (Australia), MUDAC, Fondation Claude Verdan (Lausanne), Musée Ianchelevici (Belgium), Kibla (Slovenia), la Villa Romana (Firenze), Utsikten Kunstsenter (Norway), Watermans (UK), Centre des arts d’Enghien-les-Bains, La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris) etc.
Scenocosme : www.scenocosme.com