La Cour des Miracles

 


An interactive robotic art installation by
Bill Vorn & LP Demers
Montréal (Québec) Canada
© 1997

Produced with the help of
The Canada Council for the Arts
Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec

 

Description

LA COUR DES MIRACLES (The Court of Miracles) is an interactive robotic installation, an unusual multimedia environment reacting to viewer's presence.

This installation follows our approach of creating fictitious spaces designed for machine populations and cybernetic organisms societies which express metaphoric behaviors, spaces that are surrealistic immersive sites where viewers become both explorers and intruders.

By creating this universe of faked realities loaded with "pain" and "groan", the aim of this work is to induce empathy of the viewer towards these "characters" which are solely articulated metallic structures. Therefore, we want to underline the strenght of the simulacra by the perversion of the perception of these animats, which are neither animals nor humans, carried through the inevitable instinct of anthropomorphism and projection of internal sensations, a reflex triggered by any manifestation that challenges our senses.

Six of these characters have been created to populate the installation:

 

     
 The Begging Machine The Convulsive Machine   The Crawling Machine
     
 The Harassing Machine  The Heretic Machine  The Limping Machine

 

 

Exhibitions

 

 

• Wood Street Galleries
(Pittsburgh, USA)
From July 11 to September 7, 2014

• VIDA 1999-2012 Retrospective
(Madrid, Spain)
From May 8, 2012, to January 5, 2013

• V2 V2_Organisatie
(Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
From Sept. 17 to 26, 1999

• Areale'99 festival
(Brück, Germany)
From June 26 to July 11, 1999

• Museum of Soissons
(Soissons, France)
From May 22 to June 20, 1999

Museum of Contemporary Arts of Montreal
(Montréal, Canada)
From June 16 to August 30, 1998

• ISEA'97 8th International Symposium on Electronic Arts
(Chicago, USA)
From September 22 to 27, 1997

 

 

Awards

 

 

• Vida 2.0
Fundacion Telefonica
(Madrid, Spain)
February 1st, 1999
- First prize

 

 

Documentation

 

 

High Resolution Pictures

• CourDesMiracles01.tif.zip, 3.2 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1768 x 1197
• CourDesMiracles02.tif.zip, 3.0 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1762 x 1185
• CourDesMiracles03.tif.zip, 2.7 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1752 x 1169
• CourDesMiracles04.tif.zip, 2.6 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1762 x 1181
• BeggingMachine.tif.zip, 2.4 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1696 x 1169
• ConvulsiveMachine.tif.zip, 3.3 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1770 x 1193
• HarassingMachine.tif.zip, 2.1 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1749 x 1161
• HereticMachine01.tif.zip, 3.1 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1750 x 1177
• HereticMachine02.tif.zip, 2.4 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1757 x 1181
• LimpingMachine01.tif.zip, 3.6 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1745 x 1181
• LimpingMachine02.tif.zip, 3.2 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1766 x 1189

YouTube Videos

La cour des miracles at the Contemporary Art Museum of Montreal

La Cour des Miracles at the Comtemporary Art Museum of Montreal (Voice Over)

 

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