Miguel Chevalier - selected as the Festival’s Artist-in-Residence - has been commissioned by IF: 2016 and centre:mk to create Magic Carpets 2016 to animate Middleton Hall, covering it in huge carpets of light and colour over the 10 days of the Festival.
This large-scale interactive installation is the first time Miguel’s work will be shown in a retail environment.
Born in Mexico City and living in Paris since 1985, Miguel Chevalier is a pioneer of digital and virtual art. One of the most significant and sought after digital artists working today, his work designed for large spaces and important monumental buildings.
Creating a magical world of colour and shape, this kaleidoscopic interactive installation will invite people to explore and walk on the projected, interactive carpet as it changes designs and colours.
Magic Carpets 2016 is inspired by the iconic shapes associated with Milton Keynes’ city-scape and other sources such as patterns from the natural world.
Miguel has presented installations and immersive projections across the world in cities in Italy, Singapore, France, Italy, Morocco and Belgium.
Sound Spheres: A special mobile sound commission to accompany Magic Carpets 2016 is being created by sonic artist Ray Lee. As they prepare to walk onto the Magic Carpets, ‘explorers’ can carry a silver sphere that generates sound that reacts to changes in the Magic Carpets' projections.
Film by Claude Mossessian ©
Anyone entering Middleton Hall will be able to see Magic Carpets 2016 free of charge. The modest ticket price enables people to walk on the interactive carpets and enjoy the experience with a Sound Sphere.
To ensure your enjoyment of the installation and for guidance, please read additional information here
Miguel Chevalier's website: miguel-chevalier.com
Ray Lee's website: invisible-forces.com
Date & Time 15-24 July 2016
Venue centre:mk (Shopping Centre) MK9 3EP
Tickets Tickets £3, Concessions £2, Family of 4 (max 2 adults) £8
Advance booking recommended online below or call 01908 280800
No booking fees for this particular event
Parents/guardians must take responsibility for children. Under 14s to be accompanied by an adult (1 adult for 4 children). Magic Carpets 2016 is accessible for wheelchair users and prams/buggies.
Anyone entering Middleton Hall will be able to see Magic Carpets 2016 free of charge. The modest ticket price enables people to walk on the interactive carpets and listen to a Sound Sphere.
Please note: Each Sound Sphere is a carefully handcrafted, one-of-a-kind art work made by Ray Lee. They are fragile, extremely valuable, expensive to repair, and must be handled with great care. Dropping a Sphere can cause irreparable damage. We ask that adults/parents hold the spheres for children to enjoy.