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Lights contacts
Interactive sound and light installation with body and skin from public

Scenocosme : Gregory Lasserre & Anais met den Ancxt


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An interactive sound and light installation with body and skin from public

Lights Contacts is an interactive artwork perceptible by two people and more. This sensory installation is tactile, luminous and sonorous. It proposes an original and interactive stagings where spectators’bodies are transformed into real sonorous human instruments. In a poetic way, Scenocosme invite the spectator to question the perception of the other.

A first person is invited to put his hand on a small shiny ball. In contact with it, his body turns sensitive and reactive to other living bodies. If the person remains alone, nothing happens, there is no reaction. They must touch each other’s skin. Each touch generates variable sounds and lights which evolve according to the proximity of contacts and spectators.

In this intimist artwork, the energetic clouds of bodies (electrostatic energy) are musically felt. Scenocosme artists propose a sensory experience with the other person’s body in order to animate what we cannot detect. In this situation, energetic contacts with other human bodies become sonorous. They want to provoke, to overturn degrees of proximity that we use in our relationships with known or unknown people.

This installation has a light structure above the shiny ball. It allows to draw an intimist space of interactions. Each physical contact between spectators generates a sound with a light color which vary according to intensities of bodies’ electrostatic energy. When nobody interacts, sounds and lights switch off. The only small spot light the shiny ball.



The urban space version of this work is : Urban Lights Contacts


«Lights Contacts» has received several awards: :
- Award Visual arts and new technologies / Bains numériques #5 - Festival international des arts numériques (Fr)
- Award Lab30 Public’s Choice Award / Lab30 - Media Arts Festival - Augsburg (Germany)
- Award Qwartz Arts Nouveaux Médias / Qwartz Paris / A-part, festival international d’art contemporain (Fr)


Coproduction : Centre des Arts d’Enghien-les-Bains, Scène conventionnée pour les écritures numériques




Energetic clouds

The interactive device proposes a very sensitive approach of the body. It allows to feel various degrees of electrostatic contacts according to proximities of bodies. Some people produces more electrostatic energy.

The sensory staging is a kind of a ritual of meetings through the touch. The installation designs a kind of space in brackets where proxemic distances as they are lived in life of every day are broken: hierarchical positions, social distances are then banished during these sensorial relations. Lights Contacts creates then a transgressive space-time where socials relations are suddenly pushed aside, inverted. Here energetic clouds take form of « proxemic cloud’s » which, becoming sensible, tangible, allow to play with distances between bodies. Then, Lights Contacts involves the spectators, and provokes intimate or funny situations. Couples kiss or make sonorous caress to each other, or unknown people touch their hands timidly, or many people play together... Many kind of reactions are possible. Depending on cultural areas, the contact with the other is different. This convivial space generates time for extra ordinary meetings. Light and sound vibrations appear fragile, they depend only on contacts with each other.


Synchronisation between sound and colour

Sonorous textures evolve according to the approach and the energetic intensity of bodies. Scenocosme study the way a sound can influence relations between spectators. They explore its power of retro-action, and how it can change the understanding and the touch between persons : when a caress feels like playing on a body like playing a music instrument for example.

There is a fine correlation between intensity of contacts and intensity of musicality and light. Thus, variations of proximity and electrostatic energy influence sonorous and light textures: If one person touches totally the skin of the other, it generates sonorities with high pitch. If more persons touch the first one, energies are added and sonorities are more high. If the person touches lightly the first one or approaches at few centimetres without touch, sonorities are more low.

Several group of sounds are associated to various light tints in order to propose lots of possibilities. A sound is assigned to the first person in contact with the ball. This sound is played when an another person touch his skin. The pitch of the sound varies according to the energetic intensity of the relation. The light tint associated to the sound evolves according to the pitch. It offers a vibrating and fragile light links to small energetic variations between bodies.(for example : a warm sound is associated to a red tint)



More photos...




Scotiabank Nuit Blanche / Le Labo - Centre d’arts médiatiques - Toronto (Canada) Photos: Marc Lemyre, Toronto 



INDAF - Incheon International Digital Art Festival - Songdo (Korea)



Biennale d’art contemporain Alios et les territoires sonores - La-Teste-de-Buch (Fr)





Put and keep the palm of the hand on the ball.





Inhale...Exhale




Then, invite someone else to touch your body’skin












This installation can be exhibited in differents ways





Indoor version in the dark
The light structure is suspended from the ceiling. During interactions.
The light structure glows during interaction, and colours the exhibition space.




Indoor version in a light space
When the ceiling is too low or if the space can’t be in the dark,
the artwork is shown without it light structure.
This version of the artwork is called «Contacts»



Outdoor stand-alone version
This version is for the public space. The
light structure is incorporated to a stand-alone base.



Urban version :
Urban Lights Contacts

This installation take place in the public space
in front of a building.





Indoor version in the dark
Lights Contacts - Festival Citysonics (Belgium)



Indoor version in a light space
Contacts - Festival Les Urbaines (Switzerland)



Outdoor stand-alone version
Lights Contacts Festival Bains Numeriques (France)










Previous exhibitions of Lights Contacts


Palais de l'Archevêché / Octobre Numérique - Arles (Fr)
07/10/2016 - 30/10/2016 : www.octobre-numerique.fr

Mèq Festival - Festival international d'art numérique performatif - Montpellier (Fr)
Humain trop humain Centre Dramatique National de Montpellier
Curator : Mathilde Nourisson-Moncey
16/09/2016 - 17/09/2016 : www.humaintrophumain.fr

Espace culturel Puzzle / Troisième lieu - Thionville (Fr)
DESconnexions
30/09/2016 - 10/11/2016

Oddstream festival - Nijmegen (Netherlands)
Curator : Lieke Wouters
18/03/2016 - 28/03/2016 : www.oddstream.nl

Espace d'exposition de la ville de Ploumagoar - Ploumagoar (Fr)
26/02/2016 - 11/03/2016 :

Centre culturel de Comines Warneton - Comines (Belgium)
26/10/2015 - 04/11/2015 :

Les Docks, cité de la mode et du design - Paris (Fr)
Qwartz Award : 10 years
10/06/2015 - 10/06/2015 : www.citemodedesign.fr - www.qwartz.fr

Musée EDF Hydrélec - Vaujany (Fr)
Nuit Européenne des Musées
16/05/2014 - 16/05/2015 : www.musee-edf-hydrelec.com

Musée de Millau et des Grands Causses - Millau (Fr)
Scenocosme : Rencontres sensorielles
06/12/2014 - 14/02/2015 : www.museedemillau.fr

Château de Saint-Priest - St-Priest (Fr)
04/02/2015 - 07/02/2015 :

Le Mixeur, tiers-lieu culturel - St-Etienne (Fr)
Curator : Igor Deschamps
08/12/2014 - 20/01/2015 :

Western Plains Cultural Centre - Dubbo (Australia)
Experimenta - Speak to Me : Curator : Abigail Moncrieff, Jen Mizuik
10/08/2014 - 10/11/2014 : www.westernplainsculturalcentre.org

Centre Arc-en-ciel - Liévin (Fr)
03/11/2014 - 30/11/2014 :

Pavillon Multimedia - Edmundston / New-Brunswick (Canada)
Soutien : Institut Français + Ville de Saint Etienne
Consulat Général de France dans les Provinces atlantique
08/08/2014 - 24/08/2014 :

Albury LibraryMuseum - Albury (Australia)
Speak to Me : Curator : Abigail Moncrieff, Jen Mizuik
20/05/2014 - 17/07/2014 : www.experimenta.org

Musée Savoisien / Nuit des musées - Chambéry (Fr)
17/05/2014 - 18/05/2014 : www.musee-savoisien.fr

QUT - Queensland University of Technology's - Queensland (Australia)
Creative Industries Precinct / the block : Speak to Me : Curator : Abigail Moncrieff, Jen Mizuik
07/04/2014 - 02/05/2014 : www.ciprecinct.qut.edu.au


Art Karlsruhe - Contemporary Art Fair / Karlsruhe (Germany)
ZKM booth (ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe) : Curator : Peter Weibel
12/03/2014 - 16/03/2014 : www.zkm.de - www.art-karlsruhe.de

Unpainted / media art fair - Munich (Germany)
17/01/2014 - 20/01/2014 : www.unpainted.net

La Serre - espace d'exposition - St Etienne (Fr)
15/01/2014 - 15/02/2014 :


International Symposium on Electronic Art - Sydney (Australia)
Powerhouse Museum / Experimenta
Speak to Me / Curator : Abigail Moncrieff, Jen Mizuik
07/06/2013 - 21/08/2013 : www.isea2013.org

Château de Suscinio / Rêverie Moderne - Sarzeau (Fr)
27/09/2013 - 29/09/2013 : www.suscinio.info

Alios et les territoires sonores - La-Teste-de-Buch (Fr)
Bim! Bam! Boum! / Biennale d’art contemporain
20/09/2013 - 29/09/2013 :

La Nuit de la Création - La-Motte-Servolex (Fr)
05/10/2013 - 05/10/2013 :

Musée La Briqueterie - Langueux-les-Grèves (Fr)
14/06/2013 - 10/11/2013 :

La Gaîté lyrique / Parizone@dream - Paris (Fr)
01/06/2013 - 02/06/2013 : www.gaite-lyrique.net

Château de Ratilly Centre d’art vivant - Treigny (Fr)
24/03/2013 - 17/06/2013 : www.chateauderatilly.fr


Experimenta 2012 - International Biennial of Media Art
RMIT Gallery - Melbourne (Australia)
Speak to Me / Curator : Abigail Moncrieff, Jen Mizuik
14/09/2012 - 17/11/2012 : www.experimenta.org


Daejeon Museum of Art - Daejeon (Korea)
Energy : Curator : Minkyung Kim
19/09/2012- 18/11/2012 : http://dmma.daejeon.go.kr

Utsikten Kunstsenter - Kvinesdal (Norway)
04/10/2012 - 18/11/2012 : www.utsiktenkunstsenter.no

Nocturne: Art at Night - Halifax (Canada)
13/10/2012 - 13/10/2012 : www.nocturnehalifax.ca

Eclat Nocturne - Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy (Fr)
27/10/2012 - 27/10/2012 :

Numusic festival - Stavanger (Norway)
27/09/2012 - 29/09/2012 : www.numusic.no

Abbaye de l’Escaladieu - Horizons numériques - Bonnemazon (Fr)
22/09/2012 - 23/09/2012 :

Musée du château de Flers - Villeneuve-d'Ascq (Fr)
15/09/2012 - 16/09/2012 :

Noche de Luna Llena - Segovia (Spain)
Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente
07/07/2012 - 07/07/2012 :

A-part, festival international d’art contemporain / Carrières de Lumières - Baux de Provence (Fr)
«Lights Contacts» : Prix Qwartz Arts Nouveaux Médias
05/07/2012 - 05/07/2012 : www.festival-apart.com - http://qwartz.fr

Le 106 / Scène de Musiques Actuelles - Rouen (Fr)
09/06/2012 - 10/06/2012 : www.le106.com

FEW - Fête de l'Eau 2012 - Wattwiller (Fr)
26/05/2012 - 10/06/2012 : www.fetedeleauwattwiller.org

L'espinoa - Espace culturel - Baignes (Fr)
23/03/2012 - 20/04/2012 : Exhibition : www.espinoa.com

La chapelle des Augustins - Poitiers (Fr)
09/01/2012 - 03/02/2012 : Exhibition : http://chapelledesaugustins.crdp-poitiers.org

Lab30 - Media Arts Festival- Augsburg (Germany)
27/10/2011 - 29/10/2011 : www.lab30.de

Festival accès(s) - Pau (Fr)
06/10/2011 - 09/10/2011 : www.acces-s.org

Le Labo - Centre d'arts médiatiques - Toronto (Canada)
01/10/2011 - 23/10/2011 : www.lelabo.ca

Scotiabank Nuit Blanche - Toronto (Canada)
01/10/2011 - 01/10/2011 : www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca

Nuit Blanche Metz - Metz (Fr)
30/09/2011 - 30/09/2011 : www.n3b.fr

La Nuit Défendue / Médiathèque Jacques Ellul - Pessac (Fr)
30/09/2011 - 30/09/2011 :

Maison Folie hospice d'Havré - Tourcoing (Fr)
17/09/2011 - 16/10/2011 :


ISEA 2011 - International Symposium Electronic Art - Istanbul (Turquey)
14/09/2011 - 07/10/2011 : http://isea2011.sabanciuniv.edu

Plektrum festival - Tallinn (Estonia)
Curator : Marge Paas
08/09/2011 -18/09/2011 : www.plektrumfestival.com


NAMOC - National Art Museum Of China - Beijin (China)
TransLife - Triennial of Media Art
Curator : Zhang Ga
26/07/2011- 17/08/2011 : www.mediartchina.org - www.namoc.org

Festival Les bouillants / Corpus numerica : www.bouillants.fr
07/06/2011 - 30/06/2011 : 7 Bis - Saint-Brieuc (Fr)
09/04/2011 - 08/05/2011 : Volume - Vern-sur-Seiche (Fr)
21/03/2011 - 08/04/2011 : Le diapason - Rennes (Fr)


Eyebeam - Art + Technology Center - New York (USA)
"BioRhythm: Music and the Body"
02/06/2011 - 06/08/2011 : www.eyebeam.org - www.worldsciencefestival.com

Fondation Claude Verdan - musée de la main - Lausanne (Switzerland)
16/06/2011 - 29/04/2012 : www.verdan.ch

Centre des Arts d' Enghien-les-Bains - Enghien-les-Bains (Fr)
1011/06/2011 - 11/06/2011 : www.cda95.fr

Déclics festival / L'Agora - Nanterre (Fr)
26/04/2011 - 15/05/2011 : www.nanterre-multimedia.net

Festival Les Pluriels - Rouen (Fr)
30/03/2011 - 03/04/2011 : www.lespluriels.com

Festival Electrochoc : www.lesabattoirs.fr
13/04/2011 - 15/04/2011 : Millenium - Isle-d'Abeau (Fr)
07/04/2011 - 12/04/2011 : Hotel de ville - Villefontaine(Fr)
31/03/2011 - 06/04/2011 : Les Abattoirs - Bourgoin-Jallieu (Fr)

Festival Chemins numériques #4 / Corps numérique - Reims (Fr)
29/01/2011 - 12/02/2011 : www.cheminsnumeriques-reims.com


White Night Brighton - Brighton (UK)
30/10/2010 - 30/10/2010 : www.whitenightnuitblanche.com


Nuit Blanche Amiens - Amiens (Fr)
16/10/2010 - 16/10/2010 : www.whitenightnuitblanche.com

L'abbaye de Noirlac / Centre culturel de rencontre - Noirlac (Fr)
Les univers interactifs de Scenocosme / Curator : Paul Fournier
18/09/2010 - 19/09/2010 : www.abbayedenoirlac.fr

FAD - Festival de Arte Digital - Belo Horizonte (Brazil)
02/09/2010 - 03/10/2010 : www.festivaldeartedigital.com.br


INDAF - Incheon International Digital Art Festival - Songdo (Korea)
Soutien de l'Ambassade de France en Corée
01/09/2010 - 30/09/2010 : www.indaf.org

Citysonics - Festival des arts sonores - Mons (Belgium)
27/08/2010 - 12/09/2010 : www.citysonics.be

Science Gallery / Biorhythm : Music and the Body - Dublin (Irland)
02/07/2010 - 01/10/2010 : www.sciencegallery.com

Bains Numeriques #5 / Festival arts numériques - Enghien-les-Bains (Fr)
«Lights Contacts» : Prix de la création Arts visuels et technologies
12/06/2010 - 19/06/2010 : www.bainsnumeriques.fr

Athens Video & Art Festival - Athen (Greece)
07/05/2010- 09/05/2010 : www.athensvideoartfestival.gr


World expo Shanghai / Exposition universelle de Shanghai 2010 - Shanghai (China)
01/05/2010 - 15/07/2010 : www.expo2010.cn - www.lille3000.eu

Médiathèque François-Mitterrand - Saintes (Fr)
27/03/2010 - 27/03/2010 :

Les Urbaines - emerging arts festivals - Lausanne (Switzerland)
04/12/ 2009 - 06/12/ 2009 : www.urbaines.ch




Daejeon Museum of Art - Daejeon (Korea)


Les Urbaines - emerging arts festivals - Lausanne (Switzerland)

Scenocosme : Gregory Lasserre & Anais met den Ancxt - www.scenocosme.com