Electronic Shadow: Naziha Mestaoui & Yacine Aït Kaci

Chaos Theory

“Chaos Theory” is the very last interactive installation of Electronic Shadow (founded in 2000 by the architect Naziha Mestaoui and the multimedia creator Yacine Aït Kaci). As many of their designs, in particular Superfluidity (2009), “Chaos Theory” borrows its name and its inspiration from the scientific universe. Mother of all the theories, “Chaos Theory” relates precisely to the impredictibility and the exponential amplification of errors or lapses of memory in the description of extremely significant initial conditions. These unexpecting consequences generate the poetic and universally known beat of wings of a butterfly in Brazil which, according to the theory of the meteorologist and physician Lorentz, causes a tornado in Texas. “Chaos Theory” uses a long silk veil laid out which goes down from a wall to the ground in a dark room, as part of an infinite band that splits the limits of the space. Images of fluids and natural elements are projected on the veil, as a magic river which runs towards the ground. When the visitor approaches the device, its presence exponentially disturbs the veil which evolves thanks to ventilation and thus starts a spellbinding dance while the images accelerate, become deformed then change to make us rock in another dimension and a new state. The topographic oscillations of this landscape moving are translated into the sound environment composed in collaboration with Stephan Haeri (2square, telepopmusik). “Chaos Theory” includes the spectator in the middle of the device in constant tension between determinism and instability, fate and freedom and the place of each one in the balance and universal harmony. Inspired by the show Double Vision, created by Electronic Shadow in 2006 in collaboration with Carolyn Carlson, “Chaos Theory” was presented in 2009 in a monumental show for the Grand Palais in Paris and for the exhibition of Electronic Shadow in Granet Museum (Aix-en-Provence, France). In agreement with Chaos theory, the installation evolves from one exhibition to another and it will be presented in Sao Paulo in a completely renewed version.

The history of the French group Electronic Shadow began in 2000. The architect Naziha Mestaoui and the multimedia director Yacine Aït Kaci gathered their talents to express a world without bounders between the different practices (art, architecture, design, live shows.). Together they developed a new field, inventing in 2003 the interactive 3D video mapping, and exploring the contemporary links between material world and immaterial, creating a new hybrid reality. Connecting sciences, art and philosophy, Electronic Shadow conceives a personal poetic language, using the last technologies to design emotions and experiences for the audience. Their work were rewarded by many prices such as Japan Media Art Festival Price in 2004 for «3minutes² », and their installations are shown all over the world (MOMA in New York, the Grand Palais, Palais de Tokyo or Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Photography in Tokyo, Biacs – Biennale of Contemporary art of Sevilla, SESI in Sao Paulo, MOCA in Shanghai..). For some specific projects, they collaborate with architects such as Jakob+MacFarlane for the Frac Center Orléans in 2012 or with the choreographer Carolyn Carlson for « Double Vision » (2006). They just had a personal exhibition in Musée Granet of Aix-en-Provence visited by 35 000 people.