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Staff review of “Liquid Geometry” by Javier Riera

Liquid Geometry by Javier Riera on Durham Cathedral and Palace Green at Lumiere 2023.

The interplay between light, geometry and physical space is beautifully explored in the technologically immersive works of artist Javier Riera. Through his large-scale light installations and interventions, Riera investigates the fluid shapes and infinite possibilities created when technology meets the natural world.

Riera’s works evoke the concept of “Liquid Geometry” –   an artistic expression of fluid, ever-changing forms as appose to a mathematic theory.   The relationship between geometry and nature is key throughout his work.

By using projection mapping, Riera imposes ephemeral shapes and structures upon both natural and urban environments. Rectangles, spirals, and grids overlay the land or architecture, mapping its contours with transient beams of light. The effect is of liquid lines poured across surfaces, filling crevices and pooling in hollows before fading back into darkness.

Early Career and Transition

Javier Riera, a visionary artist born in Avilés, Asturias, has delved into the captivating realm where light, geometry, and physical space converge. His artistic journey began with a focus on painting, but in 2008, a pivotal moment marked the transition to landscape photography and light installations. The immersive experiences crafted by Riera seamlessly blend technology with artistic expression, creating a unique fusion that challenges traditional perceptions of space.

Technological Immersion

Javier Riera’s multidisciplinary background in photography, sculpture, architecture, and engineering forms the foundation for his groundbreaking art. With calibrated precision, Riera overlays intricate animated patterns onto natural surfaces like rock formations and bodies of water, seamlessly merging technology with the organic.

Technology Used

Liquid Geometry by Javier Riera on Durham Cathedral and Palace Green at Lumiere 2023.

Projection Mapping:

Is a digital technique to turn irregular shaped objects into displaying video content.  This can turn complex landscapes such as buildings into a large-scale immersive experience. This technology can be both for indoor and outdoor experiences.

For those who wish to explore projection mapping themselves, software such as “Touchdesigner” by Derivative  is an excellent programme to use.

Landscape as Canvas

Riera’s artistic canvas extends beyond conventional boundaries as he deliberately selects locations rich in historical significance. By doing so, he not only breathes new life into these ancient sites but also propels Land Art into the 21st century.

Unlike permanent earthworks, Riera’s glowing geometries exist momentarily, leaving a profound impact on the landscape and in the memories of those who witness them. Photographs and videos document the transient beauty, contributing to a cultural palimpsest that layers modern technology onto historical landscapes.


In the dissolution of traditional boundaries, Riera’s art opens new territories for exploration. By revealing the fluid nature of space, light, and geometry, his immersive installations prompt us to recognise our own continual state of flux as we navigate through both physical sites and moments in time. The artist’s ability to seamlessly integrate technology into his art.  Visit Palace Green, to experience this work as is intended in person and in the dark.

Blog written by Gavin Vaughan.

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