Digital Spring.brussels

22.03.19 Hôtel de la Poste - Tour&Taxis
23 > 24.03.19 Kanal - Centre Pompidou

The first edition of Digital Spring in Brussels, inspired by the Montreal edition, will propose many diverse and completely free activities. There’s a concert by the Brussels Philharmonic which performs several compositions generated by artificial intelligence, exhibitions and augmented reality experiences at Kanal-Center Pompidou. Sessions to learn how to code or create your own video game are also included in the programme.

Practical information

Free entrance for all

 Opening dates and hours

  • Friday 22 March – concert at 19:30 at Hôtel de la Poste de Tour&Taxis – Brussels
  • Saturday 23 March – from 12:00 to 18:00 Kanal – Centre Pompidou
  • Sunday 24 March – from 12:00 to 18:00 Kanal – Centre Pompidou

 Addresses

Kanal – Centre Pompidou

Quai des Péniches
1000 Brussels

Hôtel de la Poste de Tour&Taxis

Rue Picard n°3
1000 Brussels

The Quebec patron

Montreal is the digital creativity capital of the world. Its expertise in the creation and development of video games, visual effects and artificial intelligence, is unanimously recognised. The creation of its Printemps Numérique (Digital Spring) festival was part of the revitalisation of the sector through all relevant and concerted initiatives.

So who could be a better choice than the Printemps Numérique of Montreal to sponsor the first edition of Digital Spring in Brussels? Beyond the sharing of experiences that it will generate, this partnership between the two regions also illustrates the richness and quality of the links that unite our two countries.

 

Opening concert

Free – Reservation required

This first edition of Digital Spring in Brussels will be inaugurated with a spectacular evening in the Hotel de la Poste, on the site of Tour & Taxis. More than 40 musicians from the Brussels Philharmonic will perform several live compositions created by artificial intelligence, and inspired by great classical composers such as Beethoven, Stravinsky, John Williams and Hans Zimmer, as well as a surprise specially prepared for the evening.

The electronic composition system of the Luxembourg company AIVA (Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist), also associated with the event, will propel technology into the cultural arena. In 2016, AIVA, a pioneer of this new industry, released an album of symphonic music, based on algorithms, called "Genesis". At the end of this very special concert, that Leonard Bernstein would have approved of, there will be a question and answer session with the musicians and technicians in which the public will be able to take part.

Friday, March 22 at 8 pm, doors open at 7:30 pm.

- SOLDOUT -

Program of 23/24.03 at Kanal – Centre Pompidou

Activities

  • 14.12.2017 : † Net Neutrality in the US †

    Singularité(s)/Tech

    Sitting on the grass, with a sandwich, an apple and a smartphone by your feet, step into the shoes of a digital freedom activist. It's been a bad day: net neutrality has just been repealed in the United States. You drift into dreams that take you from a London nightclub to drones performing a choreographyin the sky. It's a poetic journey into the heart of today's major civil issues.

  • Abscisse

    Les Garages Numériques

    Thanks to a scientifically accurate holographic installation, see how the brain waves of a member of the public change, when captured in real time by an electroencephalogram. This is a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of the invisible...

    Artists : Bots Conspiracy

    Production : Les Garages Numériques
    Scientific direction : Ohme & Charline Urbain

  • Abstrak

    4elements

    This macrophotographic series will give you the opportunity to interact with relief, colour and composition. Evoking the curvature of the universe and adapting André Boucher's Univers Chiffonnés, the work, which explores the reflection of light on a creased metallic material, changes according to the public’s movements.

  • Atlas / Immersio / Muted

    YANN DEVAL & MARIE-G LOSSEAU / COLLECTIF IMMERSIO / CHRISTOPHE MONCHALIN

    Three experiences of extended reality. Presented together for the first time, the Immersio, Muted and Atlas projects combine virtual reality, musical performance, visual arts, augmented reality and mixed reality. These artistic projects have something in common: a poetic language and a sensitive approach to virtual worlds that are permeable to reality.

    Presented thanks to a proposal by Juliette Bibasse

  • Cinéma VR

    Printemps Numérique de Montréal

    Through this 360° film immersion, you will be invited to travel through various worlds and live different experiences that will both amaze and thrill you.

  • Digital technology working for web series

    RTBF

    Have you ever heard of the web series "La Théorie du Y" (The Theory of Y)? This Belgian web series, created by RTBF, has met with worldwide success thanks to its connected universe! Discover its production and how digital technology has contributed to its development.

  • Dive in Music

    Demute

    You will be immersed in a concert without musicians, equipped with the first virtual reality audio headset, to discover a unique audio augmented reality performance in which you can experience a concert, simply with your ears and imagination.

  • FabLab Mobile TechTruck

    Innoviris

    Thanks to Innoviris' TechTruck, youngsters will be able to step into the digital age by discovering how 3D printers and laser engravers work, and by taking control of a robot. They will then be able to develop their learning and their projects thanks to educational kits transported by vélo cargo, or in one of the FabLab partners.

  • Immersive Playground

    Demute & HLO

    In this participative 3D experience, you will be able to step into the shoes of a DJ and perform an incredible set. The audience will also be able to interact and co-create music through connected devices.

  • ParaFlowVR

    Laras – Irisib

    You will be able to fly virtually thanks to the paragliding simulator designed by L'Institut de Recherche de l'Institut Supérieur Industriel de Bruxelles (IRISIB), and fly over mountains and seas thanks to this fun and rewarding experience.

  • Un Voyage à travers le monde

    Imagine360

    Thanks to Imagine360, you will be able to participate in many unforgettable experiences in the streets of Montreal, Sharjah and in many developing countries, as if you were there.

  • UNLTD Trinity Experience VR

    UNLTD Inc.

    Experience an unparalleled science fiction experience as you immerse yourself in the universe of the Trinity series, set in a future where humans have long since disappeared and where androids are fighting a fierce battle against powerful artificial intelligence.

Workshops

Gluon Education

Workshop times: 12:00 – 13:00 – 14:00 – 15:00 – 16:00 – 17:00 - duration: 50 min - FR & NL

Guided by experts, scientists, artists and designers, you can develop your own digital solutions with laser cutters, 3D printers, Arduino and virtual reality. These workshops will also help to introduce the youngest participants to sustainable solutions generated by new technologies.

Be Code

Code Labz
Workshop times: 12:15 – 13:15 – 14:15 – 15h15 – 16:15 – 17:15 – Duration: 45 mins - Public: depending on the workshops - FR

Coding, programming and development regularly take centre stage. Yet these tools remain an enigma to many. BeCode invites you to discover the world of code with a fun introduction, given by a team of trainers at the forefront of the latest developments. Using games that bring the whole family together, BeCode will give you a first glimpse of coding and help you to understand its place in the future and the importance of this area of learning today.

The Coding Club

Workshop times: 12:30 – 14:30 – 16:30 - Duration: 1:30 – Public: from 12 to 15 years - FR

Using games that will bring the whole family together, The Coding Club will give you a first glimpse of codes and thus assess the real place for coding in the future and the importance of this area of learning right now. It will also promote youth awareness and education in new technologies, including software and hardware programming, multimedia, computer game creation, websites and other applications.

Code N Play

Workshop times: 12:00 – 14:00 – 16:00 - Duration: 1:30 - Public: from 8 to 12 years - FR & NL

Do you want to build your own computer and guide small robots through courses that you have designed yourself? The children will first build a Kano computer together. Then, several different activities will introduce them to the logic of computers, and finally they will discover Ozobot, a little robot who follows the lines they have drawn.

From gamer to maker : create your own video game

We are Coders
Workshop times: 12:00 – 14:00 – 16:00 - Duration: 1:30 – 1:45 - Public: from 8 to 12 years - FR & NL

Are you a fan of Mario, Snake or Minecraft? Learn how to code your own games and become a creator. During this workshop, children will have the opportunity to learn about computer thinking by creating a whack-a-mole game on Scratch. Designed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group, Scratch is a programming language where children can programme and share interactive media such as stories, games and animations with people from around the world. They learn to think creatively, work together and reason systematically.

Projection

Human Archives

L'Année du Robot - The Year of the Robot

Combining art and science, The Year of the Robot deals with human beings and their artificial doubles, robots. Like a series of archives detailing the first contacts and dialogues between a robot and human beings, this activity studies the phenomenon of cognitive dissonance, that tiny and mysterious relational space that unfolds between these two actors. It involves the elderly, sometimes with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, and young adults with autism or neurological disorders.

Author-Director: Yves Gellie. Assistant collaborator: Maxime Jacobs. Producers: Alexandre Brachet and Camille Lacharmoise. With the support of Malakoff Mederic Humanis and Zora Bot

Sunday – House 3

Projections hours (Audio in French, subtitled in English) : 12:00 – 13:00 – 14:00 – 15:00 – 16:00- 17:00

Exhibition

Don’t Be Evil

GLUON LABS EXPO

Through the works of 6 artists, the exhibition 'Don't be Evil' addresses the influence of Artificial intelligence (AI) on our society and our daily experiences.

AI has many applications in today's society. Tomorrow, it will play a role in sensitive decisions, such as granting bank loans, medical diagnoses and piloting self-driving cars. If AI is the dream, it also raises numerous questions. What should we do when it's impossible to explain the reasoning behind these algorithms' decisions? What does this say about the growing power of multinational companies to influence our vision of the world through personalising everything that we see on the internet?

Without reducing the actual potential of AI to create a better world, these works remove some of mystery behind the operations of this technology. They invite us to reflect on the trust we put in these algorithms and the way in which we want to develop AI in the future.

Presentation of lab results / Prototypes

GLUON Labs EXPO

Gluons mission to maximize interdisciplinary connections and collaborations between art, science and technology, reflects in an educational STARTS (Science + Technology + Arts) program for youngsters from 14 to 18 years old.

During the Carnival holidays, Gluon organised the Future Mobility Lab, a week of workshops during which the teenagers learned about new digital technologies and techniques, such as 3D printing, coding and laser cutting. Under the guidance of artists and tech experts they created innovative solutions for the mobility in Brussels. Within the framework of Printemps Numérique, the students will present their prototypes to the public in an interactive exhibition!

Round table

“A digital world: for better or worse”

Saturday from 4pm to 6pm

This workshop looks at the excessive digitalisation that invades our daily lives. Smartphones, the Internet, social networks, GPS, and home automation assistants are now partners or even replacements in our lives. The various speakers (Hughes Bersini, Ségolène Martin, Philippe Beaudouin, Nadine Khouzam, Alain Happy and Léa Rogliano) will try to raise public awareness of the benefits and excesses of this new situation, before giving the public the chance to ask questions and exchange during a Q&A session.