Since the beginning of September Paris has been experiencing it’s very own night, and light, safari thanks to Julien Nonnon. The French artist has transformed nighttime Paris by projecting images of animals with human features onto a number of buildings within the capital’s urban environments. Classic Parisian architecture merges with 21st century technology through Nonnon mix of street-art video-installations that are laced with a playful humour.
Each projection is named with the street that they are situated in factored in, for example The Shepherd of Clignancourt and The Sheetah of Montmartre are just two of the works attracting an increasing audience. There’s also been a huge buzz around the artist’s Instagram profile that has raised awareness of the work. However it’s come about, the time-based aspect of these powerful digital projections has felt like a fresh way to bring 2015 towards a close.
For me it is the immediacy of Julien Nonnon’s project that is most striking; the fact that I can only experience each work right then and there. In a world where everything is shared, linked and viewed it’s reassuring to feel you are experiencing something in the moment. Sure we can experience it later on by scrolling through Instagram but for me that is more of a memory of the artwork than the art itself.
Although the concept isn’t new I find myself longing for more unique art experiences and think this kind of project will increase in the near future. Especially since people are in search of more genuine and exclusive experiences in all areas of life.
The Parisian Urban Safari has already traveled overseas and been displayed in downtown Orlando, US. Who knows where the The Sheetah of Montmarte may appear next? I for one am very excited to see what Nonnon will produce in the near future.