A Concentric Study

A geometric intervention of light and form that distorts and explores the historically rich Beaux-Art façade of the Grand Palais in Paris.

Paris, France – 2015


Client: Art Paris 2015
Location: Grand Palais, Paris, France
Design & Concept: Dominic Harris and Cinimod Studio
Production: Cinimod Studio
Software: Cinimod Studio
Sound Composition: Kristian Gilroy & Dougal Drummond
With special thanks to: Julien Lectre, Art Paris 2015; Videlio - Projections

In an evolution of traditional optical illusions, patterns meander between geometric studies and more dramatic visual movements, accompanied throughout by a musical score that is integral to the overall experience. Both the visual and sonic elements of Dominic Harris’ installation alter the viewers’ perception of the Grand Palais, thus giving its architecture a new narrative. 

Renowned as a seminal historical building in the French capital, the light projection temporally transforms the architecture and endows it with a presence that speaks of futurity. 

The artwork’s accompanying musical score was created specifically for the installation by Harris’ collaborators, Kristian Gilroy and Dougal Drummond. Several major musical movements occur over the 20-minute cycle, with the instrumental score directly driving the computer code responsible for bringing the series of geometric studies to life. 

Designed at Harris’ London-based Cinimod Studio, the projected patterns create a playful, yet dynamic, tension to the underlying architecture and historical gravitas of the surrounding area.

The public installation was a site specific commission for the Grand Palais by the Art Paris 2015 organisation.


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