Friday, September 18, 2015

Safari Urbain/Parisian Wildlife: The Projection Art of Julien Nonnon

French artist Julien Nonnon has been lighting up the streets of Paris with a series of breathtaking photo projections featuring animals clad in human clothes illuminated on facades of buildings through an embedded video-projection system. As the co-founder of Le3 design studio, Nonnon has collaborated on many art projects combining street-art, kinetic installations, digital creations and video-mapping. Thanks to a portable on-board beamer, he can project his work in any place that inspires him. His current project is called Safari Urbain/Parisian Wildlife.

Nonnon explains the project like this:
SAFARI URBAIN is in line with this approach and is born of a fierce desire to take the works to the streets, confront them directly to urban wildlife and make them reachable without degrading the walls. Leaving without a trace. 
These ephemeral graffitis, short-lived souvenirs for the passer-by, are captured by the artist, named after the streets, mapped and will be printed full size on art paper, thus immortalizing this phantasmagorical menagerie.
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 nothing other than a means of communication, of integration and belonging to a group. Thus, the artist denounces, through his anthropomorphic creatures such urban myths and social influence which can lead to conformity.
If you would like to see the entire collection, visit Julien's website! Nonnon has also provided this handy map of where the projections have made appearances! 

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