Holography used as a model offers a
surprising array of tools to look at our environment with a new
perspective. Amongst other interesting characteristics, the recording
and the viewing of a hologram provides a unifying concept which
breaks away from the Renaissance perspective model: the world
does not converge towards the individual anymore. Holography
shows that all viewing angles around the recorded scene are equally
valid and illustrates the co-existence of multiple 'points of
The element photographed here, even
though it is not a hologram, is the expression of a logical step
from the holographic paradigm. It offers the public a view of
the earth as if it was seen from space, a global view on the
world without political borders.
This piece, called the "Macroscope",
is a permanent installation at the new "Cité de l'Espace"
in Toulouse. It consists of an inflatable screen of 3.50 m in
diameter, on which animated images of the earth, taken from space,
are projected from inside. It was inspired by the making of the
hologram of the first known terrestrial globe (1492) made by
my partner D. Sevray and myself. Our workshop conceived and designed
the Macroscope in collaboration with C.Hubert and L.Lucot / image
engineering and C.Yvans / sound.
Pascal Gauchet spoke in Aesthetic