Lights Contacts

Scenocosme, 2010

Interactive digital artwork

Materials, techniques and processes: sensitive marble, wooden base, web-like structure, electronic device, computer, audio system, RVB LED

Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3m

Themes: a sensual experience with the body of the other, with an aim to animate what escapes our everyday perception. Transmuting energetic (electrostatic) exchange with the other into sound and light, personal boundaries are disturbed and then broken

Lights Contacts is an interactive digital artwork for two or more people. This installation, sensible at once by the hands, ears and eyes, puts the bodies of the spectators at centre stage and transforms them into genuine human musical instruments. This artwork makes the spectator interrogate her experience of the other.

The first person places her hand on the marble. For as long as she maintains this contact, her body is sensitively reactive to contact with other living bodies. But if she stays alone, there’s no reaction at all. She must invite a second person to touch her; and the contact must be skin-on-skin. Various waves of sound and light are caused by the points of contact; such that the nature of these waves varies according to the proximities of both point and spectator.

This creation offers a sensory experience through the body of the other; its primary aim being the animation of what escapes our everyday perception. In a situation in which energetic (electromagnetic) exchange is transmuted into sound and light, personal boundaries - with both the familiar and the unfamiliar - are blurred, and then broken. 


The digital artwork Lights Contacts has received several prizes: Prize for the Creation of Visual and Technological Art / Bains numériques #5 - Internal Festival of Digital Art, Award Lab30 Public’s Choice Award / Lab30 - Media Arts Festival - Augsburg, Qwartz New Media Arts Prize / A-part, international festival of contemporary art.

Coproduction: Enghien-les-Bains centre of Arts, production authorized for digital writing
Photos and videos by Scenocosme: Grégory Lasserre and Anaïs met den Ancxt