Let the Arguments Begin

Inside a darkened viewing chamber on the top floor of Paris' Centre Pompidou, visitors peer at what looks like a psychedelic astral storm, raging to a soundtrack of electronic bleeps and retro '70s rock. In a 45-minute video loop, a twisting cloud vortex is projected onto a long rectangular screen, morphing through the colors of the rainbow while meteorite showers and 3-D computer incrustations drift across the foreground. "I'd like people to look at it like they'd look at a sunset," says Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, the artist responsible for Exotourisme. "I wanted to blur the boundaries between a work of art...

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