Paravent Mosaïque (2016) is a high-resolution (13,600 x 3,224 pixels), 4:1 ratio; wind generated fixed media video production with a loop length of about 7 minutes. Paravent Mosaïque is proposed as a large format architectural video that can be projected horizontally or vertically, indoors or outdoors. Paravent Mosaïque can be presented without sound, or with generated wind sound in situ via individual smart phone apps such as YouTube - live streaming.
Paravent Mosaïque video was generated using Max MSP to convert the wave patterns of the wind into complex layers of colour. Paravent Mosaïque borrows from the 19C psychology concept of “colour hearing”. Strong wind is visualized in red, while calmer wind is visualized in blues and greens. Some people have reported experiencing a sensation of sound when viewing the video of Paravent Mosaïque.
Heimbecker’s recorded wind data archive was produced by a network of 64 motion sensors making up the Wind Array Cascade Machine (2003) while it was installed on the rooftop of the Excentris building in Montréal, a building with a history of digital arts and cinema. The WACM originally streamed live wind data for 2 years to Heimbecker installations in Europe and across Canada. Since 2006, the WACM wind data resource has become a digital-temporal archive for the artist, resulting in transmission art works of historic winds. The wind used for Paravent Mosaïque was recorded on September 27, 2005 at 2:54 pm EST, nearly 13 years ago. There is no other 64-channel data archive library of wind wave patterns in existence in the world. For pieces like Paravent Mosaïque the past and present are merged.
Paravent Mosaïque was commissioned for presentation (non-permanent) on the mosaïque wall (35 HD LCD screens) of Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme, Place des Arts, Montréal, QC launched on September 1, 2016.
Paravent Mosaique (2016) video, 4 x 1 image ratio:
- Max MSP programming: Patrice Coulombe
Paravent Mosaïque received the support of :
- Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
- Société Place des Arts, Montréal, QC