Espace Vectoriel


An interactive robotic art installation by
Bill Vorn & LP Demers
Montréal (Québec) Canada
© 1993

Produced with the help of
Le Ministère des Affaires Culturelles du Québec

Robotics by
Andrew Galbreath
Kevin Hutchings
Alex Solomon
Form Dynamics (Toronto)

Sonar device by
Alain Martel



ESPACE VECTORIEL paraphrases the mathematical term vector space in which information or behavior is expressed in terms of vectors: entities represented graphically by lines or arrows. We often see computer graphics images made of vertices and vectors: a raw representation of more sophisticated objects.

ESPACE VECTORIEL is a reactive robotic sculpture consisting of motorized tubes with a speaker and a light source within. By building a society of these elements, a group of eight, a simple scheme becomes complex and intricate.

The motorized tube is approximatively 1.25 meter long and has two degrees of freedom: full 360 deg. rotation and 170 deg. tilt. The sampled sound, light level and position of each tube are controlled independently so, equipped with custom built synchronized control of all the medias, scenographical patterns and variations are created.

A serie of eight sonar sensors makes the society react to the viewers. For example, on a specific trigger, a tube can withdraw from its common path and bend over, spilling sound on the viewer standing in a perticular spot; a direct statement about individuality. The reactive behavior of this work evokes the sensory organ of a natural organism. Combined with the interaction, a dark and hazy space recreates the robots' hypothetical natural habitat.







• Sonar 2003 festival
(Barcelona, Spain)
From June 12 to 14, 2003

• ARTEC'97 5th International Biennale in Nagoya
(Nagoya, Japan)
From June 6 to July 6, 1997

• Art Futura'96 Art Futura
(Madrid, Spain)
From October 22 to 27, 1996

• DEAF'96 Dutch Electronic Art Festival
(Rotterdam, the Netherlands)
From September 17 to 29, 1996

• SoundArt'95
(Hannover, Germany)
From June 3 to 24, 1995

• Palomar
(Montréal, Canada)
From October 5 to 9, 1994

• Sonar'94 Sonar
(Barcelona, Spain)
From June 2 to 5, 1994

• EMAF'93 European Media Art Festival
(Osnabruck, Germany)
From September 12 to 26, 1993

• SIGGRAPH'93 Machine Culture Art Show
(Anaheim, California)
From August 1 to 6, 1993





• IDMA 96 International Digital Media Awards
(Toronto, Canada)
May 24, 1996
- Best Non-Commercial Interactive Artwork Award
- Best of Show Award






High Resolution Pictures

•, 2.2 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1573 x 1101
•, 3.1 MB, TIFF format, 300 dpi, 1726 x 1177

YouTube Videos

Espace Vectoriel (part I)

Espace Vectoriel (part 2)


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