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Le Traceur Immobile/ The Immobile Traceur

Manuel Chantre's avatar Manuel Chantre

Depicted as an immobile Parkour athlete, and connected to the Web, this interactive light sculpture is destined to eternally travel the internet. Bounding through hyperlinks, the tracer vaults across global servers, landing at destinations of the public’s choice before generating a unique light display based on the server’s IP address. In this way, the artwork simultaneously shapes virtual and physical spaces. The illuminated interior changes in real-time, following the model’s passage through cyberspace, alluding to the universality of the web and, consequently, the social and political repercussions of this form of interaction. I find inspiration in our relation with internet data and their geographic locations; our 21st century transportation. Realized in collaboration with the technology research institute, Optech, Le traceur immobile reveals the subtle collaboration woven into a canvas that we assume is individual, but remains ever more complex and collective in a global world.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 3 feet
  • Medium: Acrylic, aluminum, video projector, cloud computing, Internet bot, tablet, visual generative software
  • Width: 3 feet
  • Year created: 2017
  • Height: 9 feet