Grégoire Dupond
Piranesi - Animation

Carceri d'Invenzione di G-Battista Piranesi
Architetto Veneziano

Gregoire Dupond has created a virtual animation of the 16 etchings from The Prisons (Carceri d'invenzione or 'Imaginary Prisons') by Giambattista Piranesi. This series of 16 visionary images, originally etched by Piranesi when in his late 20's, shows the workings of his imagination, merging his architectural ambitions with his obsessive interest in antiquity.
The 12 minute animation of Piranesi's Carceri d'Invenzione series was made by Grégoire Dupond in 2010 for an exhibition by Fondazione Cini, Factum Arte and Michele de Lucchi who designed a wood projection tower (image credit aMDL) to show the film.
Working from the second state of each print, a complex 3D environment has been assembled creating the sensation that you are walking into and around these contradictory and visionary spaces. The Carceri are the 'prisons of Piranesi's imagination'. Watching Gregoire Dupond's animation is literally like entering Piranesi's mind.

The animation was shown at the following exhibitions or events.
2010 - Fondazione Cini, Isola di San Giorgio, Venezia
2012 - Conference at the Center for Philosophy, Tokyo University
2012 - Caixaforum Madrid
2012 - CaixaForum Barcelona
2013 - Museum of Art, San Diego
2014 - Sir John Soane´s Museum, London
2014 - V&A, Architects as Artists, London
2014 - LWL-Industriemuseum, Dortmund
2015 - Musée Des Beaux-Arts de Chambéry
2016 - Pushkin Museum, Moscow
2017 - Palazzo Belloni, Bologna
all images by Grégoire Dupond