SNN #2: Light/Space/Prop

Chris Salter & Alexandre Saunier

SNN #2: Light/Space/Prop is an interactive and dynamic art installation designed to be displayed in a public space. It is inspired by the "Light Prop for the Electric Stage," which was created by the Bauhaus artist Lazslo Moholy-Nagy in the 1920s.

The installation consists of a tower with five moving lights. These lights have so called lenticular lenses attached to them, which distort the images they project onto the walls surrounding the tower. The lights move in a way that allows the images to shift across the walls at different speeds and rhythms. The visuals displayed are controlled by spiking neural networks (SNNs), which are projected at a large scale within the space. SNNs are a type of artificial neural network inspired by the way neurons in the brain work. Data is transmitted in the form of "spikes" or pulses, similar to the way neurons in the brain communicate.

The artist's goal is to create a new kind of light environment that incorporates motion and light as creative elements. The use of SNNs creates an ever-shifting and almost contemplative environment that slows down the viewer's perception of space and time. Overall, the installation is an updated version of Moholy-Nagy's vision for a new "electrified moving image," and it showcases the possibilities of creating interactive and immersive public art using technology.

SNN#2 is an immersive light and sound experience giving tribute to technology in service of the arts. It will be shown on the square in front of the Stadsschouwburg Utrecht and will be on display for two nights.

The installation is made by Festival Fellow Chris Salter and Alexandre Saunier. 

Chris Salter is an artist, Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal, and Director of the Hexagram network for Research-Creation in Arts, Cultures and Technologies. He creates large-scale installations and writes about the intersection of art, design, and technology. Salter collaborates with a diverse group of professionals, including anthropologists and engineers, to create immersive works that engage multiple senses. His work has been exhibited globally and covered by various publications, including The Guardian and The New York Times. He is the author of two books and has given over 100 talks at conferences and festivals worldwide.

Alexandre Saunier is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher who creates installations and performances that bring together light, sound, video, autonomous systems, and sensory perception. His academic research is concerned with contemporary artistic practices at the intersection of lighting design, media arts, cybernetics, and complex systems theory. Alexandre holds research-creation Ph.D. from Concordia University, a master’s degree in sound design from ENS Louis Lumière (Paris), and an undergrad in mathematics and physics. He participated in research in robotic design and interactive lighting at ENS Arts Décoratifs (Paris). His artistic work and academic research have been presented and published in various international venues such as Mutek, Elektra, Festival de la Imagen, Media Art History, Ars Electronica, ISEA, Impakt Festival, Muffathalle, Llum BCN, and Nuit Blanche de Toronto.

Concept: Alex Saunier & Chris Salter



18/05/2023 22:00

19/05/2023 22:00


gratis / free


Stadsschouwburg Utrecht Zocherterras


SPRING 2023 


Duration: around 15 minutes per person. The installation will be displayed for an hour each night.

Language: language no problem



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