KEYFRAMES » Keyframes In Situ

Keyframes In Situ

A custom keyframes installation
KEYFRAMES is a nocturnal plastic art installation designed for public spaces. Luminous characters invade the chosen sites.
Designed according to the principle of decomposition of movement – chronophotography – and kinetics, these characters are arranged in precise positions in space to recreate stories during programmed lighting sequences with sound.

KEYFRAMES creates a bridge between sculpture and cinema, a scripted plastic art, a festive show transforming the space in which it takes place.
Through micro-narratives, offers narration within the city, urban stories where bodies and their movements play the lead roles.


The work of Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey at the end of the 19th century nurtured the reflection of KEYFRAMES project designers on decomposition of motion and chronophotography.

Indeed, through their positioning in space, the keyframes reproduce the various stages of the movement of a subject, materializing time, sublimating ordinary gestures.

The KEYFRAMES project proposes the materialization of chronophotography using new technological tools. Lights-Sculptures, sound elements and computer programming.

The techniques used provide a paradoxical vision, between discontinuity and illusion of movement, accuracy and poetic reverie, scientific and aesthetic interest.

Custom creation - 3D Simulation

The KEYFRAMES installation, prior to its concrete realization, is the subject of an animated 3D simulation of all its components, including the place in which it is registered. This step guarantees the conformity and accuracy of the result compared to the design phase. The software used is Blender (3D simulation), Ableton Live (sound creation) and Unity 3D (light programming).

As it creates in situ, KEYFRAMES draws on the existing environment and includes a reflection on how elements should be fixed in its development phase. Safety and aesthetics are criteria taken into account.

3D simulations are made from the modelization of the places to be animated, and the priority for all the KEYFRAMES paths invented is the simplicity of hanging devices. It is the imprint of movements that predominate as nocturnal sculptures.
Because of their lightness, the keyframes can be installed in the sites in very daring ways.

3D modeling for Aix-en-Provence – Pavillon Noir / Ballet Preljocav

Installation view – Aix-en-Provence, October 2013

Study of movement after a choreography by Angelin Preljocaj – Aix-en-Provence, October 2013

Fixing systems

In the Press


AIX CITY LOCAL NEWS le 13 novembre 2013
« Magique, somptueux, féérique, les mots ne vous manquaient pas pour qualifier KEYFRAMES » « Il est 19h30, la nuit n’a pas totalement absorbé Aix. Mais dans un crépuscule avancé, de drôles de personnages lumineux virevoltent entre le Pavillon Noir et le conservatoire Darius Milhaud. A mesure que l’on s’approche, le bruit de la circulation s’’estompe. Mozart se fait alors entendre dans un drôle de ballet extérieur où les gradins ont été remplacés par les marches d’escalier et le plafond par un ciel obscur où les étoiles font leur entrée en scènes.. […] Des regards curieux devant un spectacle numérique qui l’est tout autant. […]. 180 silhouettent se meuvent frénétiquement jusqu’au bouquet final à la fois somptueux et captivant. »

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