The University of Florida will host Belgian artist Naziha Mestaoui as she brings her work, which attempts to bridge the virtual and reality, technology and nature, as well as the visible and invisible, to UF’s campus. The award-winning artist will install the Tree of Life projection project on oak trees in Innovation Square for one year. Tree of Life is a digital artwork about biodiversity on earth. It will show how life is interconnected, from plants to insects to mammals. The artwork is made with projection mapping on the tree’s foliage and will have a ‘heartbeat’ that beats slowly as the tree evolves.
As an environmental artist and activist, Mestaoui is best known for One Heart, One Tree at the 2015 United National Climate Conference. Her new work in Gainesville will have a similar connection to the natural world, while also reflecting innovations in science and technology. In addition to her solo projects, Mestaoui is also a co-founder of Lab(au), an artist group in Belgium which explored the impact of advanced technologies on art. She has also worked collaboratively to create Electronic Shadow, pioneering and patenting techniques of video mapping in digital art. Examples of Electronic Shadow projects include wearable computers and immersive and interactive environments.
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