Take part in the Mission: Schöffer 100-001 neticLab – Firing window: Schöffer's Centenary - Landing: Villa des Arts


The project

The forthcoming landings have been replanned on to September, 1st and 2nd, 2013, at the Villa des Arts


Ongoing Terraformation at the Villa des arts


Mission: Schöffer 100-001 neticLab

Firing window: Schöffer's Centenary

Approach point: latitude 48°53'15" North longitude 2°19'37" West

Localization: Villa des Arts Paris 18th France Europe Earth


This exceptional party mission will only happen again in 100 years


Mission goals

With a terrestrial exploration of 3 496 square feet (area of the courtyard of the Villa des Arts) and the lander Lorentz vx1,  the mission Schöffer 100-001 neticLab will perform several artistic approaches that Schöffer, the pionneer of cybernetic art, initiated in the twentieth century. First of the kind, this mission aims at the centenary of Schöffer's birth. From the  approach point P3-S100-001n latitude 48°53'15" North longitude 2°19'37" West, the mission Schöffer 100-001 neticLab will foster the foundation of the neticLab on the third planet of the solar system.



The lander Lorentz vx1 will make contact with the first autonomous cybernetic sculpture of the human history, CYSP1. An immaterial alternative of the art will be fixed and studied under netikOmb℗. The various research systems of Lorentz vx1 will allow an in sutu exploration of the degrees of interaction  between art, humans, and environment. With the on-board system netikEtte℗ ultimate, the recorded data will be processed in unreal time and locally translated over two beautiful prospective evenings at the Villa des Arts, Paris 18th.



Mission operating means

The mobile power of the lander Lorentz vx1 relies on the principle of SCAM1. by Schöffer, the first self-propelling sculpture of the history.




Schöffer 100-001 neticLab will connect the passengers of the Villa des Arts


            The inner netikEtte system

With its space-time chambers, equiped with the individual auditive authoring Ode7 of netikEtte℗, its vaccum-tight immersing system PleinH4, its two attractors type Gyrécran2, it fluid reflection plane MarH2O, the lander Lorentz vx1 will simultaneously and contineously operate with seven visiosurfers. Ones after the others, the passengers of the Villa des Arts will be able to slide their head in one of the space-time chambers of the lander. Spatio-temporary visiosurfers, they will be able to catch a glimpse, to see, to observe each others. Their arrival, their mass, the motion of their face and their eyes that get acrossed will perturbate their space-time as much inside as outside the lander, on the trees of the courtyard and the walls of the Villa.

The projected light of Lorentz vx1 will not follow straight lines anymore but geodesic trajectories defined by volumes in motion.



Lorentz vx1 – Inner cybernetics ©2012 Photograph Laurence Godard


            The outer netikEtte system

With its adaptive off-road videoprojection setup VoiTou4 outer netikEtte℗, its telescopic vertical arm ClarkMast® 15 m and its RGB analysis system RGB Tada4.7, the lander Lorentz vx1 will perform a dynamic series of topographic and tomomorphic samplings. The passengers of the Villa des Arts will be integrated, with informed consent, in the VoiTou4 field of view to complete a set of living data from the surrounding space. The simultaneous translation in acoustic waves will be performed on line by the FonteneauVag4 suite associated to Tada4.7. These waves will be regenerated through the air locally found at the heart of the Villa by successive comprehensions. Schöffer 100-001 neticLab will scatter its photons and phonons in the close and relatively far universe at about 90 human feet.


The foundations of the mission


            From another galaxy, Nicolas Schöffer conceived in 1956 the first autonomous cybernetic (interactive) sculpture of the history: CYSP1. It dances on the roof of the Cité radieuse by Le Corbusier in Marseille with the Maurice Béjart's ballet. It is called the « Dancing-robot ».




            Pionneer of cybernetic art, Schöffer creates numerous monumental cybernetic Tours. Liège (56 m 1961), Kalocsa, Hungary (24 m 1982), Lyon (30 m 1985), and soon, Belfort 40 m at its top.




            In 1963, Nicolas Schöffer presented the model of the Light Cybernetic Tour (TLC), 324 m high, symbol of the 21st century and of the 3rd millennium. It was intended to animate Paris-La-Défense, with its movements and its colored lights, at the changing rhythm of the data coming from the excitation or the slowdown of the city. This work of art, the most impressive of the century, exists only virtually as the president Pompidou's death and the two energy crises did not allow its construction.

            In 1973, Nicolas Schöffer launched in the streets of Milan and Paris  SCAM1., the first self-propelling sculpture of the history, to "bring art to those who do not go to art…"

            Nowadays, Nicolas Schöffer's work of art continues and new generations of researchers-creators perpetuate his search: Antoine Schmidt, Architextur, Lab_au, DiabolusArtSpace Tower Benvolio (106,126,993), Denis Connolly + Anne Cleary, Eduardo Kak, Niko de la Faye,+ Sensitif, Ping Torres, and v=x.


            For an artistic occupation of the public scientific domain

In January 1st, 2013, v=x founded the neticLab, a light laboratory in art-science-society, to occupy the public scientific domain at the heart of the Orsay Scientific Center.

In a decommissioned power hall for the first particle accelerators, the neticLab creates, designs, develops, builds, and spreads cybernetic art-science installations in the unique goal of fundamental research in art.

The neticLab aims at bringing together artists and scientists around projects:

- at the artistic frontier of cybernetic art

- at the advances of digital art

- in the light of the scientific research currently performed in laboratories

- at the forefront of technological developments carried by the laboratories




            For a scientific extension of the civil public domain

The neticLab is both a place implanted within the Orsay Scientific Center, a place of research and exchanges for artists and scientists open to everybody, and a mobile place of art and science within the city to meaningfully meeting in public.

The neticLab aims at promoting projects outside the University:

- where science is not expected

- where art is not awaited

in a train station, at the exit of a metro station, in stadium, in the middle of an airport, at the heart of a city, in Ile-de-France, in France, Europe, and abroad


            Team of the mission Schöffer 100-001 neticLab

[Concept] v=x

[Sound lands] Cyril Fonteneau

[Scientific advisor] François Couchot

[Data processing] Michèle Gouiffès           

[Data acquisition] Marion Tardieu, Alba Malaga Sabogal, and Aleksandr Setkov

[Actors] Tiina Kaartama et François Couchot

with the help of

Jean-Louis Marlats and the Technical Department of Synchrotron SOLEIL



It is on these missions for meeting in public that your support is needed.




"You are kindly invited, when dusk falls, to cross the gate of the Villa des Arts, in the 18th Arrondissement of Paris, a place for artistic creations and developments for more than a century. You will then [re]discover Nicolas Schöffer in the context of a contemporary event that would have elated him."

                                                          Éléonore Schöffer



                    Nicolas Schöffer in his workshop in 1983




Bérénice Derville - communication

Why fund it?

To make Schöffer 100-001 neticLab happen:


A celabration of the centenary of Nicolas Schöffer's birth

A cybernetic installation of the neticLab Light does not stop there

A visit of Nicolas Schöffer's workshop at the Villa des Arts, Paris 18th

Publication of the neticLab manifesto


in the course of two beautiful prospective nights for sixty years of cybernetics in art:


Sunday 1st September 2013 – "Support" evening Schöffer 100-001 neticLab

      Visit of Schöffer's workshop

      Publication and distribution of the neticLab manifesto

      Light does not stop there

      Mission cocktail


Monday 2nd September 2013 – "Socialization" evening  Schöffer 100-001 neticLab

     Visit of Schöffer's workshop

     Distribution of the neticLab manifesto

     Light does not stop there


Mission costs

      Artistic and technical equipments of the lander Lorentz vx1

      Space journey of the lander Lorentz vx1

      Communication with the third planet of the solar system

      Interplanetary and local logistics

      On-board surveillance et security


Every collected funds that will exceed the total cost of the mission Schöffer 100-001 neticLab will be dedicated to restore and reanimate the first cybernetic sculpture of the human history, CYSP 1.


Many netic thanks for your support!



Éléonore Schöffer et le neticLab

First meeting: beginning of 2011, Cyril Vachez met Éléonore Schöffer, the artist's wife, in Nicolas Schöffer's workshop. Beginning of Summer, Cyril and Éléonore collaborated to create an image projection around Nicolas Schöffer's Soleil in the exhibition of The Sculpture in motion, at Pierre Cardin's Château Lacoste. In the meantime, Cyril Vachez and... See more

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Bon BOn courage et amitiés bises et à bientôt j'espère DinahBird
C'est dans mon agenda maintenant donc je viendrai
J'espère que ce projet se réalisera. Bon courage. Judith