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Binary waves junio 11, 2010

Posted by christian saucedo in Other projects.

binary waves by LAb[au] is an urban and cybernetic installation based on the measuring of infrastructural ( passengers, cars…) and communicational ( electromagnetic fields produced by mobile phones, radio…) flows and their transposition into luminous, sonic and kinetic rules. This relation between the installation and the urban activity happens in real time and sets each person as an element of the installation, as a centre of the public realm.

The installation binary waves is constituted by a network of up to 40 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. The synchronisation of their movement allows to generate visual wave patterns where is amplitudes and frequency depends on the speed of each panel rotation. The imputes are provided by 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.

Following this conviction, 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.

binary waves – cybernetic urban installation

year of conceptiion: 2008

Cycle text

The 16n project cycle explores the way information can describe architecture as a correlation in between space / events / movements. It is the conjunction of number and computational theories with architectural ones.

The 16n project cycle thus confronts architectural concepts (congestion, flows…) with spatial sensing technologies (electromagnetism, infra-red …) and its constructs (signal propagation, field theories…) …through the means of programmed ‘lumino-kinetic’ devices. The cycle unifies projects ranging from architecture (framework _ 2007/2008), urbanism (binary waves _ September 2008), to landscaping (t.field _ 2009/10)

The cycle title 16n, n! = factorial number, refers to number theory (probability and combinatorial) and the hexadecimal number system used in information technology which, due to its easy permutation to the binary system, is at the core of information theory. From this viewpoint n! stands for multiple permutations referring to the combinatorial number system and the multiple scales and dimensions the projects of the cycle are based on.

Conceived as a modular infrastructure the different projects are all basd on networks of interconnected nodes. The networked structure itself is a communication and computation system, propagating in form of light and sound, the events it inhabits. Presence and motion create and alter the transmitted data, and propagation of this data becomes a space-time parameter.

Consequently the 16n cycle is the exploration of new architectural and urban objects based on system and number aesthetics, in this case the hexadecimal, by taking advantage of spatial and networked sensing technologies.


binary waves – cybernetic urban installation

year of conception: 2008

Artists: LAb[au]
Manuel Abendroth, Jérôme Decock, Alexandre PlennevauxEls Vermang

40 kinetic and luminous panels 3m x 0.6 cm

Producer: Synesthésie

the installation has been produced in the context of:
Biennale Art Grandeur Nature 2008

with the 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 a Paris
Commission Arts numériques de la Communauté française de Belgique

Special thanks to:
Résidence de création – la Ferme du Buisson / Scène nationale de Marne la Vallée



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