Nomadic Night

Meriem Bennani Avatar Idol


Location: Fondation Cartier, view access map

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Virtual dance battle

Morocco, France


With Sara Sadik (speaker), Faciné Doumbia, Hava Hudry, Hakim Khei, N’dathé Sakho and Matyouz (dancers), Ladin Awad, Yasmine Bennani, Maïa Hawad, Martha Kirszenbaum and Mother Rheeda LaDurée (jury)

Video game code : Kurt Lorey

Composer of the soundtrack: Flavien Berger

Stylist: Damese Savidan


Digitalomaniac artist Meriem Bennani has conceived Avatar Idol, a live virtual dance battle incorporating motion capture. Cheered on by a host from the future and under the watchful eyes of a jury, six freestyle dancers activate their digital avatar, accompanied by music. An offbeat tribute to globalized popular culture.


Meriem Bennani’s Avatar Idol has been commissioned by Serpentine Galleries for Park Nights 2018.


Photo: © Edouard Caupeil