The Shape of Things to Come is an interactive art installation that uses air quality data on a given territory in an interactive way.

It invites the public to enter an arch made of recycled plastic, and to discover the invisible: the impact of humans on the atmosphere. By transforming the quality of the air into the quality of light, she shows this environmental problem in an interactive, but also dreamlike and poetic way.

Following the principles of biomimicry, its shape and design are inspired by the architecture of garden birds’ nests. It is made of recycled plastic, in a process of transforming waste into artistic material. Its interactive device, inspired by kinetic art, reveals the traces left by some of our polluting activity on the planet. 

The installation designed by Diego Ortiz and Hernan Zambrano acts as an eye-opener and a source of information, but also as a sentinel and a refuge: while alerting us to our role in atmospheric pollution, it offers us the prospect of concrete alternatives for our lifestyles, such as frugality, reuse and observation of the living.

© Diego Ortiz
© Diego Ortiz

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Diego Ortiz (FRA)

Diego Ortiz is a Franco-Colombian artist born in Cali, Colombia in 1980. He lives and works in Marseille. His work questions the relationship between reality and fiction, through the creation of interactive dispositif and projects that offer singular relational contexts. 

Hernan Zambrano

A graduate of the School of Fine Arts in Cali, Colombia, Hernan Zambrano is an artist-researcher in the arts and sciences of light. He explores new forms of production of eco-responsible art and committed to the preservation of the balance of natural systems.

Credits & mentions

Creation realized in coproduction with the platform CHRONIQUES CREATIONS, supported by the DRAC Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the Région Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, the City of Marseille and the French Institute in Paris. Delegated production: Dark Euphoria. Partnership: Precious Plastic, Coco Velten, Ici Marseille.