Discontrol Party

Interactive party installation, 2009 - 2011
Samuel Bianchini

Music programming: Sylvie Astié (Dokidoki)
Discontrol Party was developed in the framework of the ‘Large Group Interaction’ research project at the EnsadLab/DRii, at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD), Paris, and at the University of Valenciennes and the Hainaut-Cambrésis, France; it enjoyed the support of the Agence nationale de la recherche (ANR) and of the Maison européenne des sciences de l’homme et de la société (MESHS) in Lille, France, in the framework of its research project PRATICABLES. Dispositifs artistiques: les mises en oeuvre du spectateur (PRACTICABLE. The Work of Art as Dispositif: Setting the Stage for Audience Participation)
 

Version 2:
Interactive installation: infrared cameras and projectors, RFID-UWB real-time GPS system, video-projectors and slave mirror

La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris), June 24 and 25, 2011
With the support of the Cap Digital Business cluster for digital content and of the Île-de-France Region, in the framework of the program Futur en Seine 2011
In partnership with La Gaîté Lyrique
Musical program:
Friday, June 24: Schlachthofbronx; Ceephax Acid Crew; Absolute Body Control; Errorsmith; DJ Krikor
Saturday June 25: Captain Ahab; Covox; Bass Jog (DJ Elephant Power & FX.Randomiz); Nero’s Day at Disneyland; DJ Krikor
Technological direction: Antoine Villeret
Environmental visualization software (KetchupAddict): Oussama Mubarak,
with the collaboration of Tomek Jarolim and a contribution from
Marie-Julie Bourgeois
Embedded RFID-UWB capture: Xavier Boissarie and Jonathan Tanant (Orbe), with technology from and in partnership with Ubisense Video system (artistic collaboration and engineering): Antoine Villeret and Keyvane Alinaghi
Technical consultant: Cyrille Henry
In partnership with Philips
Tele-performance on Second Life: Disorder Screen Control: Lucile Haute, Claire Sistach, Alain Barthélémy and Frédérick Thomson, with the support of EnsadLab/EN-ER and, for the hosting on Second Life, Metalab 3D - ARTESI Île-de-France
Design of RFID accessories: Claire Bonardot, Ornella Coffi, Cécile Gay, Jennifer Hugot, Pauline Jamilloux, Laure Pétré, Valentine Rosi, Chloé Severyns, Alice Topart, all students in Textile & Texture Design and Fashion Design at EnsAD in 2011
Thanks to the Progis Company and to la Bibliothèque Francophone

 

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Discontrol Party 2, Samuel Bianchini, 2011
La Gaité Lyrique, Paris, June 24 and 25, 2011.
Photographs: © Samuel Bianchini - ADAGP

 

 


Discontrol Party is a dispositif which brings together two worlds: that of state-of-the-art surveillance techniques and that of partying. The dancefloor/live music venue/performance space will appear in the dual spotlight of a partying event and a data-driven control and surveillance system (computer vision, RFID, recording by smartphones, etc.) The main space of the Gaîté Lyrique becomes for the space of one evening a night-club set up as a control room: far from light effects or other VJing, the participants, while partying, are confronted by multiple visualizations of the IT system which observes them and seeks to analyze their behavior. 
Like a game presented to a focus group or a large scale Beta-testing, the challenge is launched: Can partying outplay the system? Lead it into a confusion which escapes it? Cause breakdown? Create a bug in the system? Because here, you are invited to a party where the "monitoring" by the dispositif on which you are acting is openly visible: the mappings and the listings of movements and behaviors, the attempts at interpretation, the raw images from the surveillance cameras, those same images transformed for and through automatic analysis, the representation of the activities of the IT systems and, further, the consequences of these activities in the virtual space of Second Life and the reciprocal infiltration of this universe into the party.
Surveillance and partying: if these worlds seem entirely opposed on all fronts, they both however are based on group - or even crowd - activities. But the former, most frequently destined for public spaces, focuses primarily on ordered crowd movements: a flow of persons, a line or waiting room, a boarding platform, etc. The rapid, disordered and even sometimes fusional movements of partying are at the limits of compatibility with the detection, tracking and aim to individually identify of the increasingly automatized dispositifs of surveillance and control: recognition of shapes, individuals, behaviors, traceability... In provoking their confrontation and possible overrunning of one world by the other, this prospective dispositif could reconnect with primitive traits of some of our oldest rituals: partying, celebrating, group celebration.
The musicians invited to incarnate the dispositif Discontrol Party are the evolutionary front-line of current electronic music: they are all experimenters, provocateurs. We can trust them to unleash a celebratory energy - with the verve and taste for danger of stunt riders - in the Discontrol dispositif: and to incite the spectators to do likewise!


 

 



Discontrol Party 2, Samuel Bianchini, 2011
La Gaité Lyrique, Paris, June 24 and 25, 2011.
Video - 3mn55s -  High band request

 

 

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La Gaité Lyrique, Paris, June 24 and 25, 2011.
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Discontrol Party 2, Samuel Bianchini, 2011
La Gaité Lyrique, Paris, June 24 and 25, 2011.
Photographs: © Alain Declercq
 

 

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Discontrol Party

Interactive party installation, 2009 - 2011
Samuel Bianchini

Version 1:
Interactive installation: infrared cameras and projectors, computers, video-projections and slave mirror

Espace Pier Paolo Pasolini - Théâtre international de Valenciennes, France, November 20, 2009, opening of the NeXt Festival
Music program: Pan Sonic, Sexy Sushi, Pigeon Funk, Computer Truck, Hassan K, Sascii
Video system (artistic collaboration and engineering): Keyvane Alinaghi
Visual programming: Oussama Mubarak
Data processing and technical advice: Sylvie Tissot
Assistant: Antoine Villeret
In partnership with CiTu and iMAL, Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, Brussels, Belgium

 

 


 


 

Discontrol Party, Samuel Bianchini, 2009
NeXt - International Arts Festival, Espace Pier Paolo Pasolini - Théâtre international de Valenciennes, France, November 20, 2009.
Photograph: Didier Crasnault
 

 



Discontrol Party, Samuel Bianchini, 2009
NeXt - International Arts Festival, Espace Pier Paolo Pasolini - Théâtre international de Valenciennes, France, November 20, 2009.
Video - 4mn41s -  High band request
​Images: Samuel Bianchini and Anahita Hekmat
Editing: Anne Lemarchand

 

 

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Discontrol Party, Samuel Bianchini, 2009
NeXt - International Arts Festival, Espace Pier Paolo Pasolini - Théâtre international de Valenciennes, France, November 20, 2009.
Photographs: © Samuel Bianchini - ADAGP