Dérive echoes our increasingly mediated experience of the world and its climate monitoring by inviting to explore models of geographical locations that are transformed according to live environmental data collected on the Internet. The public interacts with an unpredictable digitized space which's appearance, soundscape and navigation conditions are determined by information about ongoing astronomical and meteorological phenomena.
The locations shown in the installation range from cities to isolated natural areas. The point cloud models depicting landscapes, architecture and infrastructures were created by the use of photogrammetry and geomatic data. Similar to a dynamic particle system, the work displays millions of 3D coordinates that are put in a state of contant flux, affected by data transmitted from distant environmental sensors. The display and positions of the points and the lines that connect them are determined by the following information as a mean to evoke or simulate them.
Local time : Point size and brightness (relative to sunrise and sunset)
Temperature : Point color
Cloudiness : Point color saturation and brightness
Wind : Point displacement reflecting speed and direction
Visibility : Intensity of a depth of field effect and transparency
Humidity : Depth of field focus distance and point sharpness
Precipitation : Lines are drawn from the sky to the ground and points are destabilized
Lunar phase : Brightness of the lines
François Quévillon is an artist based in Montreal. His work explores phenomena of the world and perception by the implementation of processes sensitive to their fluctuations and to the interference of contextual elements. He holds a Master’s degree in Visual and Media Arts from UQAM (2008) and is involved with several artist-run centres and interdisciplinairy research groups. Frequently working as an artist in residence, his installations and media art pieces have been presented at exhibitions and events worldwide. Among them : New Frontier at Sundance (Park City), Spaces Under Scrutiny (New York), International Symposium on Electronic Art (Dubaï and Albuquerque), Balance-Unbalance (Plymouth), Festival Internacional de Linguagem Eletrônica (São Paulo), IndieBo (Bogotá), LOOP Barcelona, Contemporary Istanbul, Show Off Paris, Festival de la Imagen (Manizales), Mois Multi (Quebec), RIDM, Elektra and International Digital Art Biennal (Montreal).