Philippe Safire’s art installations explore the digital presence in our lives. Much of his work combines the projection of an animation onto a sculpture assembled with acrylic, vinyl, or styrene. By pursuing a reductive approach, the artist favors the simplicity of the form. Philippe Safire constructs a pixelated world extracted from screens, which emerges into a physical space. As a result, the artist plays with the subtle frontier between reality and imagination, inviting the viewer to participate in immersive experiences. Safire’s art installations seem to hover in a transitional state, suspended in time, encompassed by flickering lights.
Philippe Safire situates his work as part of New Media Art—a profound creative shift akin to the Renaissance—which he views as an opportunity to invent new forms to examine the artistic issues of the era.
Nevertheless, the art of Philippe Safire also critiques what it celebrates. Although some pieces express the ecstasy humans feel for digital experiences, others highlight losses attendant on the forces of progress. Through his pixel compositions, Safire addresses the themes of heritage, culture, and decay in the context of the Digital Age.