Meet your Creator (2012)

A live theatrical performance with16x quadrotor drones – each equipped with LEDs and motorized mirrors – and 16x moving head spotlights; dancing in a joyous robo-ballet celebration of techno-spirituality.

Exploring semi-autonomous, computer programmed UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) as a means to deflect and divert light, and create floating light sculptures dancing to music. Aiming to push the anthropomorphism of abstract forms to it’s limits, breathing life into hovering, morphing, quivering networks of light. Using drones – reminiscent of something out of a post-apocalyptic, post-singularity sci-fi film – as programmable vertices in space; traditionally purveyors of surveillance, oppression and even death (both on screen and off), now purveyors of music, dance, joy, celebration, creativity, beauty. Establishing an emotional connection between audience and the flying robots.

Now in its 22nd year, the Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase hit Cannes again, unveiling another presentation of the new directorial talent. Marshmallow Laser Feast were the creative and technical directors of the production which included a theatrical performance by 16 flying robots reflecting light beams on the stage.

A Marshmallow Laser Feast project. An arts & technology studio I co-founded in 2011.


Event concept created by
Marshmallow Laser Feast and Saatchi & Saatchi creatives Jonathan Santana & Xander Smith

Juliette Larthe

Production Supervisor
Holly Restieaux

Show Directors
Marshmallow Laser Feast
Memo Akten, Robin McNicholas, Barney Steel

MLF Team:
Raffael Ziegler
Devin Matthews
Rob Pybus
James Medcraft

Quadrotor Design & Development
KMel Robotics

Sound Design
Oneohtrix Point Never

Intro Music
Spiritualized “Shine a Light”

Typography & Design
Farrow Design

Set Design
Sam & Arthur

Ben Larthe
Mike Tombeur

Thanks to Vicon for the tracking system.


(partly) made with openFrameworks

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