The Variations Physiques are a set of artistic creations inspired by scientific research. Created between 2018 and 2020, they include two virtual reality trips – from which two flat films were recorded – and a collection of algorithmic paintings.
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Even though Variations Physiques led to other series of immersive artistic creations, the third volume might come out one day.
Variations Physiques vol. 1
Produced in autumn 2018 during an artistic residency at Laboratoire de Physique ENS de Lyon, Variations Physiques vol. 1 VR experience is a contemplative journey in a world made of particles inspired by 3 physics experiments.
Along with the movements of a violin-based composition, particles evolve smoothly under the influence of force field equations. The depiction of three experiments in the fields of turbulence and magneto-hydrodynamics evokes successive steps of scientific approach: observation and analysis, understanding and modelling, then projection and discovery.
Born from an encounter between artist Alex Andrix and physicist Mickael Bourgoin, this project and its VR experience have been presented to the public in late 2018 and 2019.
Variations Physiques vol. 2
Produced in 2019 after scientific immersion at Centre de Recherche Astrophysique de Lyon, Laboratoire des Matériaux Avancés and Laboratoire de Physique ENS de Lyon, Variations Physiques vol. 2 VR experience is a new immersive trip, inspired by galaxy formation, gravitational waves and collective intelligence.
Variations Physiques vol. 2 VR experience premiered in October 2019 at Fête de la Science, ENS de Lyon.
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Between september and october 2018, as the Variations Physiques vol. 1 VR experience was being created, Alex Andrix produced a series of 8 artworks inspired by physics.
Generated out of an algorithmic process, the paintings are captures of animations where particles leave trails in space or on a two-dimensional canvas. Force field equations rule the particles motion while their positions are marked with simple shapes like dots or lines, which altogether create the final output.
4 artworks are a re-exploration of one of Alex’s previous art series on gravitation, while the 4 others are directly inspired by physics experiments studied at Laboratoire de Physique ENS de Lyon during Variations Physiques vol. 1 residency: the Lagrangian Exploration Module by Mickael Bourgoin and his team, the Plasma Column by Nicolas Plihon and his team, and the Planeterrella by Jean Lilensten.
An online gallery was set up for showcasing purposes during exhibitions.
From May 2019 onwards, the paintings decorate corridor walls at Laboratoire de Physique ENS de Lyon.
Oct. 07-17, 2022 (details to come) Variations Physiques vol. 1 & 2 – VR experience Fête de la Science, ENS Lyon – Lyon, France
June & July 2023 Variations Physiques vol. 2 – VR experience Symposium on the Physics of Star Formation: From Stellar Cores to Galactic Scales, CRAL, Lyon, France
Oct. 11-12-13, 2018 Variations Physiques vol. 1 – Whole exhibition Fête de la Science, ENS Lyon – Lyon, France