Iregular

Control No Control

  • Presented at
  • 2022
    Alternative Kyoto
    Kyoto, JP
  • 2022
    Jax Art Festival
    Riyadh, SAU
  • 2022
    Illuminate Adelaide
    Adelaide, AUS
  • 2022
    World of Winter
    Grand Rapids, USA
  • 2022
    Nordic Lights Festival
    Toronto, CA
  • 2021
    Sharjah Islamic Arts Festival
    Sharjah, UAE
  • 2021
    Lumiere
    Durham, UK
  • 2020
    Festival Printemps des Arts de Monte-Carlo
    Monte-Carlo, MC
  • 2019
    Festival of Lights Dundrum
    Dublin, IRL
  • 2019
    Festival of Light
    Kuwait City, KWT
Control No Control

Conceived mainly for big open spaces, CONTROL NO CONTROL is a large-scale interactive installation in the form of a minimalistic geometric structure, true to Studio Iregular’s signature style. Created in 2011 in Montreal for Igloofest, it has since been presented over 35 times around the world.

CONTROL NO CONTROL is a big LED cube that reacts to everything that touches it and every movement performed on its surface. Streamlined patterns and generative sound emerge as interaction occurs. Allowing 48 people to participate at the same time, the experience is extremely intuitive, leading to quick audience engagement and prolonged interactions. 

A sort of socio-digital experiment, the piece explores the relationship between participants and interactive installations. It tests the artwork’s ability to intrinsically “instruct” and delegate the final audiovisual result to the audience that ends up gaining control of the piece. After presenting it many times across continents and cultures, CONTROL NO CONTROL revealed that people all over the globe tend to behave the same way around the cube, and all seemed to spend a lot of time engaging. This in turn suggests the ability for the artwork to manipulate the public as well, highlighting the back-and-forth blurred nature of the control relationship. 

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