Piecing together images of children and the themes UNICEF has embraced for the past six decades, the display, which will be projected in the lobby of UNICEF through January, is interactive, responding to the movement of its viewers.
“I hope people understand there is a relationship between the screen and themselves and how they move,” said Berriet, who created the software for the digital display. “I want people to understand there is a connection between what they do and what happens. This is not just a piece of art, it is a process.”
The Mosaic not only signifies the importance of functioning as part of a network – an important theme in UNICEF’s work – but its changing nature reflects the way UNICEF continues to adapt to an ever changing world.
“UNICEF is an organization that is constantly evolving”, said Chevalier. “This installation is also evolving.”
One of the pioneers of virtual and digital art, Chevalier is known internationally for his interactive images projected on vast electronic screens. His pieces have dominated public spaces all over the world, from Japan – where his 10,000 square meter inflatable screen adorned the port of Fukuoka – to the Espace Cardin in Paris and the Olympic games.
Berriet, co-creator of the Mosaic, is both artist and software developer, and has been developing the AAASeed software used in the exhibit since 1996. He is president of The Seed, R&D director, artistic and technical director of productions.
While both artists have worked solo and in collaboration, they often focus on abstract themes. The UNICEF project, however, offered them a new treasure trove of material to work with – the faces of children.
“We knew we had great content to work with,” said Berriet, referring to UNICEF’s photo archives – the foundation of the Mosaic. “The face of children really touches people.”
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
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