a bouquet of pixels, 28.01 – 28.03.16

Lights, action – pingpongball!
The French artist Fred Sapey-Triomphe illuminates DIAS from the end of January to late March 2016. With his  large panels of LED-lights and pingpongballs, Sapey-Triomphe turns Vallensbæk Station into a broadcasting central for the YETI-TV, and in shifting colors and images transforms  a public space to a bouquet of pixels.

Pictures are dots

We don’t think about every day, but our digital images are created of thousands of colored dots. That is how the old picture tube TV functioned and flat screen TV works in the same way. This fact is point of departure for the unique installation of Fred Sapey-Triomphe.

The ping-pong balls come alive

The artist has created a number of impressive screens by rolling technology backwards. Contrary to our love for high-res and sharp images, Fred Sapey-Triomphe goes in the opposite direction: his screens are ultra low-res. His screens are rough and not made by high-res elements. The screens consists simply of  LED-lights and ping-pong balls. The balls are the colored dots, creating moving images.



Fred Sapey-Triomphe is a visual artist who lives and works in Paris. Trained at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris and the Ecole Boulle, Fred SapeyTriomphe produces digital art installations, using light as raw material. Working with video and photography for many years, he cultivates references to Op Art, Kinetic Art and Manga, while wielding technology to create an immediate visual experience.

He has exhibited in several galleries, festivals and public sites in France and abroad, most recently at the Condition Publique in Roubaix for «Lille 3000» in 2012, on the occasion of Nuit Blanche in 2012 and WHARF, Contemporary Art Center in Normandy for «Impressionist Normandy» in 2013. In 2014, he exhibited Pingpongscreen at Pompidou-Metz, and presented his light installation ElectroRobot at Bercy Village this year. In October 2014, Le Vendôme Luxury Art commissioned him to illuminate Le Meurice and the Hotel d’Evreux, Place Vendome, during Fashion Week. In 2015, he installed a huge light ceiling above the Gare de Mons Belgium, as part of Mons 2015. He also created a light installation for the jeweler Lorenz Bäumer, Place Vendôme Paris.


Yann Guidon is an engineer who specialises in electronics and algorithmics. After studies in computer science and micro-electronics (in Cachan, Paris 8 and Jussieu) he joined Mentor Graphics then worked in the field of computer clusters before becoming a freelance embedded systems designer. He has designed two open source CPU architectures (the F-CPU and the YASEP), written more than 400 pages for Linux Magazine France, collaborated with many artists including Matteo Messervi, Mathieu Lehanneur, Pascal Bauer… Since 2013, he makes the electronics of Fred Sapey-Triomphe’s installa- tions.


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