Digital Supernova

Digital Supernova

Digital Supernova
Installation projetée sur les voûtes

2019

Generative virtual-reality installation

Cathedral Notre-Dame, Rodez, France

Software: Cyrille Henry et Antoine Villeret

Address of the exhibition:

From 8 to 18 August 2019

Digital Supernova 2019 is a monumental projection that plunge visitors in an universe of networks and constellations of stars.

Digital Supernova is a generative virtual-reality artwork projected onto Rodez Cathedral chancel vaults, its central nave, its transept crossing, and its two transepts.

Digital Supernova is made up of numerous wireframe meshes combine with imaginary sky charts and some beautiful pictures of supernova on background. The visitor discovers 35 different colored networks of light one after the other. These large meshes take form and then lose their shape, creating ever renewed, diversified universes. Colored weaving patterns overlap, evolve and transform slowly in real time. This huge virtual light curtain twists, moves and resizes to create diverse and complex shapes. Elements are attracted and repelled by one another, creating a breathing-like rhythm of dilation and contraction.


Digital Supernova highlights the site’s architecture, the volumes of the columns and ribbed vaults. These suspended universes accentuate one’s impression of the monument’s loftiness and lightness.

Visitors are invited to stroll around, to lie down, and to lift up their eyes toward the heavens. These digital constellations of pixels immerse visitors in an atmosphere bathed in light while opening unto infinity. The installation releases radiant energy into this space of plenitude. The installation induces a spiritual and contemplative feeling of elevation.

Light, color and movement create a poetics of matter and elaborate a new aesthetics of virtuality.