Cimatics_2008 - LAb[au]

binary waves, cybernetic urban installation

Gesu Church, Brussels Belgium

27.11 - 30.11.2008
in the context of :
Cimatics, audio-visual art festival

Cimatics presents the urban & cybernetic interactive installation 'binary waves' by LAb[au] - a true challenge but big opportunity combining the 'information-architecture' within the 18th century Gesu Church in the center of Brussels. The installation will be accessible during the entire weekend.

The installation fLUX, binary waves is constituted by a network of 32 rotating and luminous panels of 3 meter-high and 60 centimetres wide, placed every 3 meters to form a kinetic wall. The panels rotate around their vertical axis, and have a black reflective surface on one side, the other being plain mat white. Their rotation is controlled by microprocessors, allowing to determine precisely the rotation speed and angle, while their networking allows to synchronise the movement of the 32 panels. The microprocessors are connected to infrared sensors, capturing the surrounding infrastructural flows, defining the frequency and amplitude of the rotation. According to this set up, each impulse is transmitted from one panel to the other, describing visual waves running from one side of the installation to the other, and then bouncing back while progressively loosing oscillation. All these principles relate the 'micro-events' happening in the area to a unified play of light, colours and sounds directly derived from the rhythm of the city flows.

As such, the installation proposes an urban sign having as subject the 'urban' and as message to be a


catalyst of urbanity via the transcription of urban flows in a contemporary play of kinetics, lights and sound.


Artists: LAb[au]

In co-production with:

With the financial support of:
Conseil général de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (DICREAM)
Conseil Régional d'Ile-de-France, Ville de Saint-Denis, Plaine Commune
Délégation générale / Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles à Paris
Commission des Arts Numériques de la Communauté Française de Belgique

Special thanks to:
Residency at la Ferme du Buisson / Scène nationale de Marne la Vallé

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