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Must-See Digital Sea in Jeju
The colorful and dazzling under-water world off the coast of Jeju shifts to the movement of your hands and feet. It is a moment you recognize the splendor of digital technology. All of this is taking place at the special exhibition in Jeju featuring works by media artist Miguel Chevalier.
In the 21st digital era, digital art becomes art itself, or the canvas and oil paint, instead of a rebel that refuses to conform to the traditional concept of art. Digital art becomes a source of emotions, generating the same kind of inspirations that painting, photography, and visual arts provide. Miguel Chevalier is the artist that best explains what it means through his artistic production.

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Pioneer of Digital Art
French media artist Miguel Chevalier has made his career as an artist after graduating from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Since the late 1970s, Chevalier has applied computer technology to his art in order to digitally express the hybrid and generative image. For this, he has been known as the ‘pioneer of virtual world and digital art’. Chevalier interacts with the public through large-scale media artworks in various cities across the world using a digital platform.

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Such artistic inclination is manifested in his ‘Digital Arabesques’ that began in 2014. Diverse patterns adopted in this art project are inspired by the culture and lifestyle of Islamic people. The patterns shown on the walls and floor change their colors and forms into different images when the sensor detects a movement of the viewer in the space. Just like how fantasies unfold in “The Arabian Nights”, the virtual world projected on the walls and floor present vivid and exotic images that constantly evolve. The project in the United Arab Emirates garnered much attention and raised expectations for Chevalier’s extended works as well as digital art as a medium of communication to interact with the public.

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In 2015, Chevalier filled King's College chapel in Cambridge, England, with myriads of stars and planets. What drew attention to this art project was the use of digital language in the expression of various scientific subjects. For example, the walls of the chapel were covered with images that were motifs taken from the fields of neurosciences, physics, and biology.

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Media Art Coloring Jeju’s Deep Sea
A Miguel Chevalier exhibition is taking place in Korea. It is not the first time his works are featured in the country, but this time the location brings in an element of surprise. It is happening in the island of Jeju. Chevalier chose the sea of Jeju to render into digital art. “Digital Abysses Miguel Chevalier” is being held at Aqua Planet Jeju, one of the largest aquariums in Korea. The life of undersea flora and fauna, as well as natural phenomena involving unknown creatures in the deep sea, are imagined and interpreted in the form of digital art.
Consisting of eight main media art zones and other spaces such as the art studio designed to provide special experiences to children, the exhibition offers the viewer a sensation of floating in the deep sea recreated in diverse colors and graphics. Starting with the Intro, the art zones include ‘Cabinets of Curiosities,’ ‘Trans-Seaweeds,’ ‘Digital Plankton’  and ‘Amphibolis,’ each presenting digital artworks that correspond to the subject.      

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The exhibition focuses on exploring the unknown world in the abysses where living organisms produce light on their own to survive. The movements of invisible creatures and the scenes portraying the mysteriousness of survival instincts bring out a dreamy sensation.
Miguel Chevalier said, “For this exhibition, I wanted to produce the constantly-changing undersea world abstractly,” and added he depicted the accidental moments in which fish swim along the current to repeat the movement of gathering and dispersing. The viewer at an art exhibition stops short at playing the role of an innocent observer, but in digital art, the viewer becomes a participant who embodies the art. It means the art is complete only after the participating viewer affects the work. It is also a favorable function of art that Miguel Chevalier hoped to realize.

Address Aqua Planet Jeju, 95 Seopjikoji-ro, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do
Duration Open till November 6, 2022
Website Miguel Chevalier Solo Exhibition in Jeju

Where to Stay in Jeju: LOTTE HOTEL JEJU
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Address: 35, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72beon-gil, Seogwipo-si, Jeju Island
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February 2022 Editor:Jung Jaewook
Cooperation: AQUAPLANET JEJU

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