From November 21st to November 23rd 2019, the Abu Dhabi Art Fair hosted a production by the French Institute of the United Arab Emirates. “Patterns” is an immersive installation created by multimedia artist Julien Poidevin, it combines new technologies and traditional models of Islamic art.
The installation was featured at Manarat Al Saadiyat until January 2020.
In the spirit of its previous collaboration with the artist Gregory Chatonsky in 2017, which mixed photography and virtual reality, the French Institute of the UAE decided to further the theme of art and new technologies by inviting multimedia artist Julien Poidevin.
Using several techniques within the same creation, the artist works on the feelings and sensations experienced in direct relation to his works.
With the “Patterns” installation, Julien Poidevin questions our relationship to the past and questions our perception of traditional forms and patterns within urban space. “Patterns” brings to life the geometric shapes that symbolize Islamic art by transforming them into sounds. This immersive, multi-sensory and engaging installation allows us to see and hear the complexity of these traditional patterns and embodies the notions of infinity and transcendence thought by mathematicians and architects of the 10th century.
To create this installation, the artist was inspired by a pattern from an Ottoman fountain in the Louvre Abu Dhabi. Julien Poidevin said: “This work gave me the opportunity to approach the notion of intersecting temporalities, it is a work of art that has potentially no beginning nor end, it changes constantly and reveals the beauty of the shaping with the notion of time”.