CNRS (FR) – Platonium

Drawing entirely from current Lyon-area scientific research totally reimagined by artists, this work rolls out a particularly captivating aesthetic sound and light storyline.

A giant vortex of light plunging into infinity through a mirror in the ground: this is the dizzying journey Platonium is offering. The Platonium "vortex's" 324 strips of light are produced by technology developed by Lyon's own Brochier Technologies. They have been woven the same kind of machine traditionally used for silk pieces, but in this case the fibre employed is nothing short of revolutionary since it combines fibre optics and synthetic fibre. Each three-metre strip is illuminated by a single energy-efficient LED. In addition, these strips are being studied by the Catalysis and Environmental Research Institute of Lyon (Ircelyon, CNRS / Claude Bernard University Lyon 1) in order to enable them to decontaminate air and water thanks to a "photocatalyst": a substance which breakes down pollutants when activated by UV rays. This photocatalyst had indeed been tested in Brussels by this same laboratory - but in paint rather than fabric - in September 2011 in the Leopold II Tunnel.

CNRS Production.
Artistic directors: Eric Michel and Akari Lisa Ishii (I.C.O.N.)
Participating laboratory: Catalysis and Environmental Research Institute of Lyon (Ircelyon, CNRS / Claude Bernard University Lyon 1)

Practical information

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