Sheltered Landscapes 


OPENING September 28th at 6.30 p.m.

Mer. – Dom. 11-19

Cover: © zancan, Sheltered Landscapes, 2023

There is a certain timelessness about them, where the remains of ancient civilizations encounter the graphic elements of the digital era. The tension between the digital architecture, at times rigid and clearly identifiable through monochromatic lines and shapes, confirms the coexistence as well as the interference of humanity with the natural world.

For Sheltered Landscapes, the artist zancan has chosen to compose a naturalistic landscape coded along sixteen monitors. Its specificity is given by the arrangement of the work itself, which reflects the artist’s desire to reconsider his whole concept of composition, adding a narrative dimension to the work and using the length of the tunnel as a timeline. Every part of the work is continued on the screen that follows, creating a constantly evolving landscape as the viewer walks through the gallery.

The works exhibited are the culmination of two years of plotting algorithms, and were created by the artist to represent nature through the medium of digital programming code. Michaël Zancan’s new work follows one of his earlier works, Kumono Shingou, a collection of one hundred generative works inspired by Japanese culture. Transposing the setting to Italy, he introduces elements of Florentine architecture into the process of artistic design, albeit in a minimalist and highly stylized format, with local arboreal species typical of Tuscan landscapes. The intent of this work is not realism, or naturalistic accuracy, but rather a mixture of elements from different cultures testifying to the artist’s experience of the world seen through his works. There is a certain timelessness about them, where the remains of ancient civilizations encounter the graphic elements of the digital era.


Zancan was born in Bordeaux in 1976. He is a generative artist but also a painter and computer programmer. Combining his artistic training with his programming skill, he was able to develop algorithms capable of recreating, through code, the natural world around us, and was among the precursors of programmable or algorithmic art on blockchain, so-called generative art (art that generates art), revealing the infinite possibilities of a figurative-generative genre, product of the computer graphics of a much earlier era – the Sixties. His representations of natural shapes through studies of algorithms and programming in JavaScript remind us of the essential bond between man and nature, drawing attention to current environmental and social issues.

Digital Horizons exhibition program.

Digital Horizons will involve a sequence of native digital artists of international renown who, with the advent of new technologies linked to the world of the web and computer programming, have been able to manipulate the digital framework to create artistic forms linked to the art of the ephemeral, creating works of video art, digital sculpture, immersive environments and sound landscapes. The technology that supports this form of artistic expression is continuously evolving, offering digital horizons in which spectators can glimpse the future, thanks to the artists’ intuition. The series of exhibitions scheduled will bring site-specific works of digital art to Florence, conceived and created specifically for Rifugio Digitale, formerly a WWII air raid shelter, restored thanks to the work of the architecture studio Archea Associati, inaugurated on April 13, 2022.

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