DRY LIGHTS: A new project released by French artist Xavier Chassaing, a member of the Antivj group, is an awe inspiring video piece of pure beauty but much more than that alone.
The group of European artists known as Antivj focus on lights’ influence on our perception, striving to create experiences, which challenge our senses.
DRY LIGHTS is a fully CG video piece taking us on a journey through a vast landscape of lights, a partly imagined world providing illusions with sharp realism. The film follows an elegantly and meticulously choreographed flow of energy in the form of pulsing and flickering lights through plants on dark waters and misty skies.
The work was inspired in 2013 by light installations at Proyecta Oaxaca Festival at the ethnobotanical garden in Mexico, where an hour long night walk through the gardens allows visitors to be engrossed in the light works. A central theme in Chassaing’s work is meditation and hypnosis, the manifestation and eventual productivity of dreams are elements he confesses to exploring however, the environment provided by these works leaves plenty of room for the audience to create their own narrative. Through the videos’ meditative nature, this narrative has potential to exist as a reflection of each individual viewer, making for a truly stimulating artwork on many complex levels.