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23 Jan 2018

Discontrol Party #3, Interactive party dispositif

Discontrol Party #2, Samuel Bianchini - EnsadLab (Dir.), 2011
La Gaité lyrique, Paris, June 2011

We are not the number we think we are


February 2nd
, 10pm-5:30am – 10€. Tickets: 15 rue Geoffroy L'Asnier Paris 4e, m° St Paul


Ecole nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, PSL Research University
31, rue d'Ulm
75005 Paris

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Discontrol Party #3, Interactive party dispositif conceived and directed by Samuel Bianchini (EnsadLab) with the musical collaboration of Sylvie Astié (DOKIDOKI). Project developed as part of the EnsadLab Reflective Interaction Research Group at the École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, PSL Research University - Paris.

CANDIE HANK (live, Germany) / REBEKA WARRIOR (djset, France) / RETRIGGER (live, Brazil) / FRONT DE CADEAUX (djset, Italy - Brussels) / MR MARCAILLE (live, Brussels) / WR2OLD (live, Berlin) / SINEAD O' CONNICK JR (djset, Paris), …

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-UWB, infrared camera, face detection, identification, IoT, indoor geolocation, interaction via smartphones, BLE, etc.) The venue becomes for one evening a night-club set up as a control room: 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.

micadanses, Paris, February 2nd, 10pm-5:30am
as part of the event 'We are not the number we think we are' and of the dance festival 'Faits d'hiver'.

'We are not the number we think we are'
From Friday, February 2nd to Saturday, February 3rd 2018 – Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France
2 days and 1 night: 36 hours non-stop
An event of the Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation in partnership with the 'arts & sciences' chair founded by the École polytechnique / École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs – PSL / Daniel & Nina Carasso Foundation and the Cité internationale des arts.
Curator and executive producer: Bétonsalon

Production credits of the dispositif:
Technological direction: Colin Bouvry, Dominique Cunin, Jonathan Tanant
Real-time video capture system: Colin Bouvry
Software and IT development (smartphones apps, data visualizations, video mapping): Dominique Cunin, Jérémy De Barros, Léon Denise, Florent Dubois, Ianis Lallemand, Oussama Mubarak, Jonathan Tanant
Video projection system, sound and light controls: idscènes
Production assistant: Gwenaëlle Lallemand
With the collaboration of artists and designers: Sylvie Astié, David Bihanic, Antoine Chapon, Dominique Cunin, Alexandre Dechosal, Alain Declercq, Lucile Haute, Ianis Lallemand, Oussama Mubarak, Olivain Porry and the Transcyberien collective
The research and development of this apparatus are conducted in association with the development of Mobilizing.js (, a programming environment for mobile screens, conceived by EnsadLab, for artists and designers.