Gigantic animals with attitude light up Stockholm
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By on November 28, 2016

Picture: Globen, Julien Nonnon, Safari Urbain Sthlm 2016. Photo Jann Lipka

The French video artist Julien Nonnon has brought with him a whole bunch of wild friends to Stockholm this weekend. With the exhibition SAFARI URBAIN STHLM, they literally shed some new light on the Swedish capital.

For his visit, the artist Julien Nonnon has prepared a series of portraits of animals with human features and urban street looks. This art form – street video-mapping – throws pictures and animations through light projections on to the walls of buildings and other concrete objects in the urban landscape. The short amount of time (usually about 30 minutes) for each installation creates a unique experience and interplay with the location where it takes place.

People living in and visiting Stockholm could last night (Friday) during a few hours see classic landmarks, including the Ericsson Globe (the largest spheric building on the planet) – and other buildings in a completely new light as a number of gigantic figures showed up on the walls.

This Saturday evening new light projections will continue to other landmark buildings, including the city hall.

”We want to bring new perspectives and highlight the interaction between city and creativity. Here we see a whole line-up of shining examples illuminating how moving images can step into the city, hit us with a amazement and make us reflect”, says Anette Mattsson, CEO Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen, which hosted the exhibition through its project Smart Creative City.

The projections are set to sound by Andil Dahl, Stockholm based composer and musician. A mobile live session moves adjacent to the places where the works are exhibited.

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This bestiary coming right out of fashion magazines questions our behavior, our ambivalent desire to be both unique and wanting to belong to a well-defined group. In our way of dressing, we express our vision of the world, while indirectly revealing our social position and financial power. Fashion is a means of communication, of integration and belonging to a group. Thus, the artist rejects, through his anthropomorphic creatures such urban myths and social influence which can lead to conformity. Indirectly this work also becomes a comment on the consumption frenzy during the Black Friday weekend.

Julien Noonon’s work mainly revolves around his creations’ interaction with architecture and urban features that surround it. His luminous artwork exposes the matter, irregularities, reliefs, and enhances all these imperfections, thus revealing the beauty of real life. The city then becomes his field of expression, a place full of possibilities and exceptional encounters.

Filmregion Stockholm-Mälardalen arranges the exhibition under the theme Moving Murals within the project Smart Kreativ Stad (Smart Creative City.) The exhibition is carried out in collaboration with Panasonic, Fasadprojektion and Locamundo.

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