«Brèche» is a dive through matter, light and memories. An organic unfolding of visual noises. Photogrammetric real life scans of different scales merge into abstract landscapes as we dive deeper into worlds where macro and micro become indistinguishable and where past moments interconnect.
«Brèche» set up is a large scale immersive video installation presented in Beijing for the Asia Digital Art Exhibition in 2019.
Three 26mx10m projection walls and a 26mx26m floor projection. 12 videoprojectors were blended together to cover the whole projection space.
Visuals, Art Direction : Sébastien Labrunie
Sound Design: Sébastien Labrunie & Lu Yi
For this piece I wanted to create a slow cinematic sensory experience where people can dive in, lose themselves and explore an unknown land.
I decided to use my everyday surrundings as main materials and tried to transform them into something a bit more magical. I thought it was a good challenge to use common materials and to turn them into something else, somewhere else. During one month i gathered video materials of different scales and types: leaves, buildings, forests, stones, friends and loved ones parts (nobody was hurt during the process), such as hands for example.
I then selected and used some of those videos to create photogrammetric 3D scans.
Entering the third dimension i was able to combine all those pieces together, scale them, transform them into a surreal patchwork sculpture where microcosm and macrocosm merge.
Once the sculpt complete I created the viewer/camera path inside this new landscape, and then worked on the post processing to add a paintery feel to the piece, creating breaches of light with pixel sorting to dig a bit more in the matter.
The sound design was made in a cinematic drone style to reinforce this "overture"or "opening" feel. Field recordings were mixed with analog synths, DIY noise devices and space sound samples.
Sound design is a collaboration with my live performances partner and friend the sound artist Lu Yi.
The result is an immersive oniric journey through an organic and surreal landscape, if you pay attention you'll be able to recognize some parts here and there but the whole patchwork will bring you somewhere else.
It was a great feeling to see kids and people wandering in the light fields, sitting in this massive set up, covered in light and sounds, diving into the "Breach".