Ange-Danielle Ladouceur_ Electronic Shadows

Ange-Danielle Ladouceur

An Electronic Shadow being projected on the Eiffel Tower

“#1heart1tree – Tour Eiffel à #Paris – Eiffel Tower – COP 21” by y.caradec is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

My name is Ange- Danielle Ladouceur and my portfolio is on Naziha Mestaoui’s Electronic Shadows. The license I am using is the CC BY-NC

Mestaoui was known as a Parisian architect with the art form of outdoor electronic shadows projected on several landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. The main message that she projected was the one tree, one planet. She also had a partnership with the Florida Museum where she worked with plant scientists. She was an advocated for biodiversity and the protection of indigenous people which lead her she projected several other environmental based shadows. The shadows she mainly used were of trees to teach others that electronics can also help connect us with the world we aren’t seeing fully.

The work of Naziha Mestaoui captures the Electronic advantages in sharing her message to a wider range of audiences. Her Electronic Shadows have been celebrated for its ability to encourage audience to think about biodiversity by creating projections which display the motto of “ one tree, one planet”. With this art form, Mestaoui was able to not only amaze people with her creativity but also educate people about our planet. Her electronic Shadows have been displayed on several famous landmarks around the world.

Naziha Mestaoui

“Naziha Mestaoui” by tedxulb is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Naziha Mestaoui’s shadows were first projected in 2012 at the United Nations Conference in Brazil. She wanted to show people that both people and nature can live in peace and harmony with the help of technology and architecture. She used the shadows to inform people and educate others about the issue of deforestation in several places such as the Amazon Forest. She researched by spending time with indigenous people to learn how they are connected with the energies around them such as drawing different patterns on their skin or even using songs that carry energy. Since Mestaoui display her message and took that message to help the planet by putting it in action, for every tree she projected, a real tree would be planted.

Electronic Shadows of trees for the One Tree, One Planet campaign.

“みんなで森をつくるんだ。パリの街が光の森につつまれる そうまかおり, 近年、日本でも話題になっているプロジェクションマッピング。 roomieでも何回か紹介されている、光と音楽が融合した新しいアートです。東京駅のマッピングイベントに人が集まりすぎ、中止になったのも記憶に新しいですね。 自然とテクノロジーを融合させアートで表現することをコンセプトとしたベルギーのアーティスト、Naziha Mestaoui。 彼女の作品「One heart one tree」は、その技術が更に進化したもの” by Hase don is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

I selected Electronic shadows not only because of the message behind the images but also with the popularity it has gotten around the world since technology is advancing. This was created because Naziha Mestaoui saw how disconnected we were becoming with the earth and how we use technology to reconnect and reidentify what is important to us. The electronic shadow did not only inform people about deforestation, but it also started to plant tree to help with that problem. I believe that this art form will be important for the future generation especially since it not only put in action the solution but also reconnects us to the earth in more ways in one.


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