Pixel Motion - Suspended pixels

Research Project

Pixel Motion is a research project focused on developing a sort of "table-cloth", consisting of luminous spots, deformable in space, which move very quickly or rather slowly within the range of a seven-meter vertical line. Under remote and direct control, Pixel Motion is the forerunner of a new type of this three-dimensional screen.

Two teams collaborate, one working on the mechanical aspects, the other one on the electronics aspects of the project. The latter one is responsible for controlling the energy-independent (battery) pixels that respond to radio commands.

Once the first prototype is designed and created, an intuitive control software needs to be developed. The software will have to generate the overall commands enabling the operation of the mechanical and the LED colour optics devices prompted by a series of images that the artist creates.

Pixel Motion will be an artwork installed above the musicians.

The result of the research conducted in 2012 and 2013 is a prototype involving various technologies developed at CEA.

LED : Léti & Liten

Batteries : Liten

Signal transmission : Leti

Motor and steering : Léti and various research fields
Electronics : type, diffuser, variability & colour, radio transmission to the LEDs ; autonomy, volume & recharge for batteries

Mechanics : large scale, independent precision control, limiting oscillation


Team at SPICE Laboratory, CEA

Jean François Ple, Project Manager

Mechanics : Gabriel Thibaud, INSA Lyon

Electronics : Charles-Elie Goujon
managed by Angelo Guiga and Dominique David


Arnaud Doucet - light designer and light technician

Light design, Société atelier lumière, Bordeaux 2001-2012
Light design, EZ3kiel Group, Tours in 2002-2012
Light design and control, Société Spotco, Toulouse 2008-2012

Bacalauréat in Science (major in science and maths 1994-1997)
Bachelor’s degree in Science, Poitiers, 1997-2000
Live performance technician diploma in light design, level 4, code NSF 323t, STAFF Training Centre, Carquefou 2000-2001

Designing and implementing choreography, stage or architectural lighting
Expert in automated lighting

Yann Nguema - musician, graphic and multimedia artist

1998 D.N.S.E.P (Graphic Artist Graduate Degree), Visual Arts Institute, Orleans.
1996 D.N.E.P (Graphic Artist Degree), Visual Arts Institute, Orleans
1994D.E.U.G (Bachelor’s degree in Image and Communication), UFR at Futuroscope, Poitiers
1992 first year of Bachelor’s degree (Science, Maths and Physics)
1991 Baccalauréat C (Science)

Over one thousand concerts as a bass player in the EZ3kiel Group
Five albums and three live DVDs for the EZ3kiel Group

Image et video :
Artwork for eight EZ3kiel albums
Over ten posters and all types of visual supports for the group (advertisement, tee-shirts, stickers...)
"Versus TOUR" live video DVD (montage, authoring and graphic design)
Video projections and interactive design for the group’s live shows
Over ten interview videos with the group
Scenography and live EZ3kiel/Nosfell videos commissioned by the Eurockéennes de Belfort.
Scenography and live Naphtaline Orchestra videos.

Multimedia :
First two EZ3kiel websites
"Naphtaline" Video DVD ROM (winner of the Qwartz Awards 2008 in the "hybrid objects" category ; victory of the electronic music)
Interactive animation for EZ3kiel’s live "Battlefield tour" (music balloon...)
Two applications using the MotionPad in the CEA Grenoble Showroom
Design and production of "Mechanic Poetics" exhibition (ten interactive installations previously showcased at the Palais de la dévouverte in Paris and at the Shanghai World Expo)

Image et video
2001 Visuals for the R.E.M.I.C.S (European Multimedia, Internet Citizen and Solidarity Encounters)
2005 Visuals for the Nordik Impact Festival in Caen
2006 Scenography and three videos presenting the French Ski Federation’s team for the Winter Olympics in Turin.
Snowboard video for the Nokia cellphones.
2007 Cover for Jean Pascal Bosso’s album called "Boîte à musique"
Réalisation de la pochette de l’album Sound Asylum du groupe JMPZ.
Cover for JMPZ group’s Sound Asylum album
Visuals for the 29th edition of the "Transmusicales" festival in Rennes.
2008 Visuals for the 30th edition of the "Transmusicales" festival in Rennes.
2009 Cover for the group Luke’s album called "D’autre part"
Visuals for the 31st edition of the "Transmusicales" festival in Rennes
2010 Visuals for the 32nd edition of the "Transmusicales" festival in Rennes.
2011 Visuals for the 33rd edition of the "Transmusicales" festival in Rennes

Partners : Lille, city of art and the future