Nuit Blanche // Brussels _ Gyrotope

If you're around Brussels next saturday night (1st of October). You can discover Gyrotope on the Esplanade of the European Parlement, an art piece created by Pablo Valbuena. In which we helped in the development of all technical creative tools for light and sound thanks to Ledotron. You'll probably see Cyril Laurier around there.


Gyrotope is a large circle of columns that describes a sculptural volume unfolding over time. It uses ephemeral and intangible materials -light and sound- to formalize an experience based on motion perception. It develops spatially the principles of film: a number of discrete elements becoming a continuous sequence. Gyrotope functions as a perimeter that can be traversed. The work shifts between object and environment depending on the observer’s position inside or outside the circle. Gyrotope was originally created for the Grand Paris Express.

When: Saturday 1st October, 7:00 pm > 3:00 am

WhereEsplanade of the European Parlement - Brussels

> Special thanks to Jesse Watts for his help on the audio patch.

Nuit blanche // Paris _ OX

On the Invalides's Bridge, with the Eiffel Tower as a background view, during la Nuit Blanche next Saturday 1st of October, you'll be able to appreciate the OX installation we worked so hard on, last year. The installation react with Artificial Intelligence to display light content using Romain Tardy's art and analysing in real time the music that will be playing that night with Margaret Dygas & Kiasmos.

What: Nuit Blanche - Paris

When: Saturday 1st October, 0:00  > 2:00 am

WherePont des Invalides

Press release in ADN

And if you're in Brussels that night you can see another art piece, on the Esplanade of the European Parlement we worked on here.

Credit Photo : Boby

Future Ruins // Chinese Desert Edition

Romain Tardy, Laurent Delforge & Cyril Laurier

A few days ago, we were lucky to present Future Ruins with Romain Tardy and Squeaky Lobster at the first edition of the MTA Festival, near Beijing in China.

It was the most exciting adventure.

First the location was incredible. A desert in China...definitely in the top remote places for us to go and make an installation.

The nature there was stunning and the festival really huge ! It all looked like a space travel, a mix between stargate and mad max, another dimension.

In this crazy landscape we could make Future Ruins bigger than ever with the LED structures on the sand, occupying around 50 meters of dune.

The weather turned one of the installation run into a spectacular show, mixing the futuristics ruins with impressive lightning in the background, and rain shower as a big final.

It was a unique experience quite impossible to show or explain. 

Can't wait to come back to China !!!!

Cyril Laurier

> Read more in our web, and in Romain Tardy's web

Credits: Romain Tardy, music by Squeaky Lobster, Led control by Hand Coded

Hand Coded has a new collective member !!

Coming back to Europe after 10 years spent in Los Angeles, Stephanie Huerre is joining Hand Coded! Stephanie has an incredible experience, she worked at Walt Disney Imagineering R&D, where she secretly invented amazing new technologies for theme parks. 

We know Stephanie since University in Paris where we all studied Engineering for Art and New Technologies. Back then we were already developing projects together and sharing long nights partying in the Oberkampf area ^_^.

Regrouping in Barcelona, we are ready for new challenges and experiences together !

Great to have her back on this side of the world ! 

Back together on a project since 2005 !! Making creative interactive mapping in Porto, Portugal. What a nice place to regather !

Left handed and right handed, we are Hands Coded !

"Hand Coded is hidden behind all your favorite installations"

A nice article with a special interview...(in french)...about our work.

Nice introduction and presentation of what we do @handcoded.

If you are not speaking any word of french, and you are interested to have a quick read, you can still use this link that Google translate it :

Article in English


"We are creative engineers. We are technology artisans."        

-- Hand Coded

Talk at FIMG // Mapping festival Girona

Next Saturday we will be doing a conference @fimg festival in Girona. Lots of friends will be there too. We are really looking forward to it !!

"How technology works with art to create new forms of expression", this is the topic we are going to explore next Saturday at 11:15.

May in Berlin, June in Paris

Next week, we are going to a workshop in Berlin during the Music Tech Fest, in the incredible Funkhaus building. We will do some hacking for a bionic pop artist, called "Viktoria Modesta", with some other incredible and interesting hackers and designers.

After that, on the 31th we're heading to Paris where we'll be installing/setting up/coding a new creation for Pablo Valbuena. The event, where this piece is taking place, is called Km1, and for now we can't say much about it ! But you'll gonna see lights.

OX Liberation

Yesterday was published a really nice article with our last project with Romain Tardy, driven by Tetro and for The Absolut Company Creation. Oh...but it's in French.

This Lightening DJ Booth system is very peculiar because it can take decisions on its own. The machine uses real-time machine learning to decide WHAT is going to be displayed, WHEN, and HOW,  depending on what is doing the DJ. It's a semi-generative music art system. Semi ? Yes because it has to respect what the artist has designed and decided, and it needs to keep control on the result quality.

Everything that the machine is displaying is a result of an infinity of possibilities, each time it may be the last time it displays it this way. So every moment is kind of unique.

It was a long adventure to create the Beast, and we are happy and proud to show it publicly.

Upcoming, a little video about how the dedicated software works. In the meantime you can look at some screenshot of Ledotron here

And if you can read french, you can click on the image to view the article ^_^


OX - Romain Tardy - Palais de Tokyo

We've been quite busy last year working on an artistic patronage for Romain Tardy.

To do so we had to build a light structure, with more than 5000 leds, a led screen, and 32 motors controled in real-time with Ledotron.

The ambition, is to have the set being able to react in real time, as long as we are talking about a DJ Booth, and that any DJ can potentially take the set up and play with it.

Agoria did play with it, for the first launch party at Palais de Tokyo, the museum of contemporary art in Paris.

We are analysing in real time the music that is playing, we have descriptors that tells us the Mood, the Beat (thanks to our friend Paul Brossier, aubio), segment detection, onsets..etc.

The first "all public" launch party will take place at the end of January in Rennes.

We are still working on it to bring the installation to its final stage.

Here is a link to video, to get a better idea of what it looks like :

Artist: Romain Tardy

Production: Tetro

Patronage: The Absolut Company Creation

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