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From problem to art practice





20.03.2009, 7 pm

LABORATORIA Art&Science Space, 3 Obukha per.


LABORATORIA Art&Science Space

within the framework of international SCIENCEARTFEST (Moscow, WINZAVOD, March 15-29).


Nicolas  REEVES (Canada)
, an architect, artist, researcher who works in France, Canada, USA. He is the vice-president of the Society for Arts and Technology (Montreal), scientific director of the Hexagram Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies, permanent professor at the School of Design of the University of Quebec in Montreal, and director of the NXI GESTATIO Design lab for arts, architecture and design. Education in Physics (University of Montreal, 1986) and in Architecture (Cambridge, 1988). Works at the Atelier Philippe Madec (Paris) and at the Jacques Rousseau studio (Montreal) before being admitted with honours at the Quebec board of architects. 

During the workshop Nicolas REEVES will

  • share his experience in international Science&Art projects; 
  • tell and demonstrate his carried out projects S.A.I.L.S and The Cloud Harp;
  • try to design the situations of co-operation between education, research and art institutions within the forming Science Art space in Russia. 

Information on Nicolas Reeves's projects:

The Cloud Harp is a meteo-electronic installation that converts real-time, thanks to an infra-red laser beam and a telescope sharing the same optics, the height, density and structure of clouds into sounds and musical sequences. The melodies and sounds are determined by factors such as cloud height, density, structure, luminosity, and meteorological conditions. Each cloudscape produces a particular kind of sequence. The Harp is polyphonic : it can sing on many different voices simultaneously, each one being mapped on a specific altitude range. It sings 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by any weather. When the sky is blue, it remains silent. The range of the instrument is 25 000 feet or 8 kilometers, which means that some high stratospheric clouds, such as cirruses, are not detected.

S.A.I.L.S project investigates the possibilities of dispersive modelling. The flying cubic automata are able to develop collective behaviors and assemblages through swarm-intelligence protocols. Standing at a crossroad between Art and Science, the [SAILS] project aims to bring together researchers both in artistic and scientific domain to collaborate towards the production of a robotic environment dedicated to architectural, technological and scientific research, with a major potential for multi-media performance. The project will be shown in frames of SCIENCEARTFEST (Moscow, 15-29 March) at the international exhibition SCIENCE AS SUSPENCE.








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