On June 19th and 20th, took place at the Grand Palais Ephémère in Paris, at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, the exhibition "Le Palais Augmenté". An artistic exhibition 100% digital and innovative but also totally crazy, eccentric and out of the ordinary breaking the codes of art through the use of augmented reality.
During these two days, six works of art in augmented reality were showcased in spaces created to temporarily replace the Grand Palais under renovation until 2024 :
As soon as we arrived in the Grand Palais Ephémère, the tone is set with the reading of the welcome message of the exhibition : "hat is essential is invisible to the eye". This quote, in reference to "The Little Prince" by Saint-Exupéry, invites us to a moment out of time in a virtual and digital artistic universe that has been designed to stimulate our senses and our imagination.
What a weird sensation to arrive in a big space totally empty. Indeed, with the exception a few gigantic signs disseminated in the four corners of the room, The Grand Palais Ephémère is completly empty.
To access the works was as easy as downloading the application "Le Palais Augmenté", opening it and pointing the camera of our phone on one of the signs. As if by magic, the work of art appears on the screen to offer us a unique augmented reality experience that we can live by moving around the room.
We swing, we auscultate, we wander, we explore the works of arts one after the other. They open us up to our childlike soul and make us marvel at so many surprises
We are amused by a creature with a sly and curious look that emits 3D sounds, floats in the air and plays with the audience. We are surprised by hands that come out of the ground like "Thriller" by Michael Jackson. We are fascinated by "Jacosta" which invites us to travel in a gigantic futuristic garden, also broadcasting 3D sound, where nature has taken over.
The more the time flies, the more we forget that we are living this new experience in augmented reality through the screen of our phone. In any case, between curiosity, surprise and immersion, the exhibition will amuse young and old alike.
We loved experiencing this exhibition; the only downfall is that it's too short(only 2 days in Paris). It really was an invitation to reflect on what augmented reality will bring to the art sector in the years to come.
Will digital art take over physical art ? What exhibition formats will emerge through the use of augmented reality ?
As experts in augmented reality, we also wondered how these artists made these works?
If you'd like to get a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of these works, here's a video that introduces the two artists Constance Valero (@supbpsance) and Pierre Moulin (@molaidcule), from Les Gobelins school, and explains how they created "Japosta" as well as its meaning.