1. Dans la nuit de la boîte noire, les créatures lumineuses de l’installation cinétique Règne artificiel III de Rosalie D. Gagné se déploient au rythme d’une respiration régulière. L’air vient insuffler le mouvement d’une vie mécanique, mimesis d’existence subaquatique. Suspendus en surplomb dans la noirceur, les corps de polythène gonflable évoquent cette nature cachée des fonds marins – mouvement souterrain, méandres du subconscient. Les propositions récentes de D. Gagné, comme elle le mentionne elle-même, « s'inspirent librement d'un courant d'architecture dite réactive, qui explore comment les systèmes naturels et artificiels interagissent. L'un des modèles pour la conception et la réalisation de tels environnements réactifs est le bio mimétisme, c'est-à-dire la simulation numérique de fonctions, de comportements, de l'agir et du pâtir des êtres vivants. Au cœur de cette réflexion, qui repose sur une combinaison d'anxiété et d'espoir, réside l'utopie d'harmoniser le monde artificiel et les processus naturels. » — Nathalie Bachand

    In the the black box night, the luminous creatures of Rosalie D. Gagné's Artificial Kingdom III unfold to the rhythm of a regular breathing. The air comes to infuse the movement of a mechanical life, mimesis of subaquatic existence. Suspended in the dark, the bodies of inflatable polythene evoke the hidden nature of the seabed - subterranean movement, meanders of the subconscious. The recent proposals of D. Gagné, as she mentions herself, "are freely inspired by a current of so-called reactive architecture, a movement which explores how natural and artificial systems interact. One of the models for the design and realization of such reactive environments is bio-mimicry, that is, the numerical simulation of functions, behaviors, action and reaction of living beings. At the heart of this reflection, based on a combination of anxiety and hope, lies the utopia of harmonizing the artificial world and the natural processes. " — Nathalie Bachand

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  2. Turbulence is an immersive installation that takes the form of a journey in three stages. Pursuing the research begun in the last projects, Turbulence is loosely based on reactive architecture, a current that explores how artificial and natural systems interact.

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  3. Realized in the course of a 3 months residency in Mexico city, this responsive installation is inspired by a famous metaphor for the brain. Invented by the pioneering neuroscientist Charles S. Sherrington, in which he poetically describes his conception of what happens in the cerebral cortex during arousal from sleep: The great topmost sheet of the mass, that where hardly a light had twinkled or moved, becomes now a sparkling field of rhythmic flashing points with trains of traveling sparks hurrying hither and thither. The brain is waking and with it the mind is returning. It is as if the Milky Way entered upon some cosmic dance. Swiftly the head mass becomes an enchanted loom where millions of flashing shuttles weave a dissolving pattern, always a meaningful pattern though never an abiding one; a shifting harmony of subpatterns.[1]
    Sherrington, C.S. (1942). Man on his nature. Cambridge University Press. p. 178.

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  4. Règne artificiel II is a responsive installation consisted of a cluster of luminous inflatable objects. When visitors are entering their space the cells react by variation in their luminosity and motion.
    The structure itself mirrors organic materials in form but is constructed with transparent plastic sheet and animated mechanically. Trough these contradiction it explores the relationship between the artificial world and natural processes with an immersive and uncanny quality that both seduces and repels at the same time.

    electronic/programmation : Samuel St-Aubin

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  5. Règne artificiel is an immersive installation composed by a network of small inflatable plastic cells.
    In a responsive mode, they react to the presence of visitors in their space by "breathing” more intensely.

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