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Past editions/2021/Magic Carpets

Magic Carpets
Miguel Chevalier

29, 30 and 31 October
From 8pm to midnight

Matadero Madrid
B Esplanade

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Inspired by the decorative patterns of Spanish artisan tapestries, these four interactive “carpets of light” comprise a mosaic-like spectrum of colours and a multitude of pixels – the fundamental element in digital images and the equivalent of the artist’s brushstroke.

Magic Carpets also takes inspiration from the world of biology and microorganisms and mimics the organic behaviour of cells. These virtual patterns expand and float in glowing fluid-like compositions. Since 1978, Miguel Chevalier has focused on computers as an artistic means of expression in the field of visual arts. He has secured his spot on the international scene as a pioneer of virtual and digital art. This piece can be understood as a sensitive visual symphony, an immense kaleidoscope that responds to visitor’s movements. The audience are invited to contemplate his designs and interact with them by walking across the carpets in a dialogue with the installation and the spaces of the Matadero.


Matadero Madrid: The Matadero y Mercado Municipal de Ganados de Madrid was a collection of 48 buildings that housed the city’s main slaughterhouse and cattle market throughout a large part of the 20th century. In 2005, work began to convert the buildings into a Creation Support Centre. In the years that followed, they were transformed into the leading cultural space we know and love today.

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