Paolo Almario, the man who creates with the light

Paolo Almario, l'homme qui crée avec la lumière

The artists like to say that they paint the light, while Paolo Almario creates works with the light. Pursuing an approach with the long course, which is to represent cities by means of data relating to the external light, it has enjoyed a residency that began in January 2018, in the framework of the project D’artagnan-02 piloted by the Centre Bang, to mount an exhibition that showcases the downtown area of Chicoutimi in a day unusual.

Labeled Datasets : Light : Chicoutimi, it will occupy two rooms of the ground floor until 7 January. The first contains four tables where drawing machines manufacture of works, one point at a time. These images end up on the walls, featuring the series as a Whole and Abstractions, while a video streams from pretty animations made up of cubes tiny stretch, then contract, in a movement that is both unpredictable and enticing.

Paolo Almario, l'homme qui crée avec la lumière

This installation generates sound, and light modulated according to data captured by the artist Paolo Almario, as well as his collaborators, in the city centre of Chicoutimi.

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In the other room, an installation involving 25 devices including audio speakers and LED lights form a square on the floor. They emit a sound repetitive, a frame of 40 minutes in a loop that runs. The sound, like light, is modulated by the data collected last summer to the city centre. “There’s nothing interactive here, or next,” says Paolo Almario.

The Entire series, for example, shows maps of the area. You will recognize the names of the streets, but few are those who could give a meaning to the numbers in the spaces provided for this purpose. In reality, it is information that has been collected in different places, samples of light that the artist has patiently taken in the company of three employees.

Paolo Almario, l'homme qui crée avec la lumière

Behind the nice animations presented on this video, designed by Paolo Almario hiding of data on the light which he has given a tour poetic.

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“We walked in the city to obtain these data. We know what was the intensity of the light at this time, the temperature, as well as the relative importance of the red, green, and blue, the three colors of the spectrum. There are days where one or the other is more present, ” observed Paolo Almario. He adds that these scientific tools are being misappropriated, put to the service of an approach that is poetic, that, with himself pulling the strings.

Take the video in the corner of the cubes mentioned earlier. They recur constantly throughout his work. They are part of his signature, his personal aesthetic. “They form clouds in movement “, states the artist. However, the raw material comes from the city, the space which, in some way, surrounds the Center Bang. It is tapping into this reality as one of four drawing machines produced works that, each day, enrich the series of Abstractions.

Paolo Almario, l'homme qui crée avec la lumière

On some of the images presented in the Center Bang, we see maps of the city centre of Chicoutimi where are the places where the team led by Paolo Almario has captured information on the light.

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The pencil moves on the sheet guided by the data bank. It generates drawings that are reminiscent of the spots are oversized, but also of the data supplied in all their nudity, bushy, incomprehensible. It is, however, the portrait of Chicoutimi in the summer of 2018. Less beautiful than a table Turner, but terrible accuracy.

“Everywhere, we talk about digital, but without knowledge of what it really is. It is a way to encode reality in order to constitute data banks “, explains Paolo Almario, who dream to pursue its approach in other cities, and then compare them under the angle of the light. Extensive programme in which the anchor point is at the Center Bang.

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