City Sleep Light


Antoine Schmitt’s project for Media Facades Europe 2010, City Sleep Light makes a radical move by transforming a whole building into the sleep light of the city, akin to the sleep light of a computer. All the lights are pulsing together in an organic rhythm, turning the building into a living organism.

Computed from the current global socio-economic activity of the city (daily feeds from weather, stock market and traffic data), the rhythm of pulsation differs each night and changes from one place to another. City Sleep Light was visible in each of the Media Facades 2010 cities, connecting inhabitants through multiple adaptations of the project on the facades. The local pulses were also available online for your computer screen from the project website.

City Sleep Light was developed for the Media Facades Festival Europe 2010 by Antoine Schmitt as a co-production with IMAL, Brussels. The Helsinki light installation was co-created with Severi Glanville / Media Facades Helsinki.

City Sleep Light Helsinki was presented every night on the Lasipalatsi Square / Bio Rex facade from August 28 to September 6, 2010.

Artist and programming engineer living in Paris, Antoine Schmitt creates installations, situations and objects, minimal and abstract, anchored in time and movement that addresses the modalities of the free being in a system of reality. In relation to the definitive and systemic contemporary world, he places programming at the core of his artworks to question the forces and shapes at stake. He has received numerous awards and exhibited in many international museums, institutions and festivals such as transmediale (Berlin), Vida 5.0 (Madrid), Ars Electronica (Linz), Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris) and Sonar (Barcelona).