First press conference

Living airspace through the interaction between art, science and technology.

14 dicember 2016

h. 17:00-18:30

Civic Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce (GE)

Event promoted by:  Dibris Unige Department, Open Your Art, Civic Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce, Honey Bar.

LuminousBees is a nascent startup winner of the StartCup University of Genoa call for tenders and the Innovation Hub special award – Research and Entrepreneurship Foundation. It is composed of an international team of researchers in the field of art, media and design, used as catalysts for social and technological innovation: the computer engineer prof. Gianni Vercelli, Giorgio Rinolfi and Lorenzo Marcenaro, who for seven years have been developing UAV technologies at the Dibris Unige Department, Colorsound, interaction designer, creator of interactive works all over the world, and Ing. Luigi Rinolfi, head of hardware development.

The team presents to the public, the eponymous prototype, the first LuminousBees platform: a swarm of micro drones, which will allow artists of all disciplines to express themselves in airspace through lights, sounds and interactions.

On the same occasion, the group launches the first edition of the Interactive Aerial Media Shows workshop, promoted by the Dibris Unige Department, which will take place at the Savona Campus, and whose results will be presented to the public at the Villa Croce Civic Museum of Contemporary Art (GE) , with the collaboration of Open Your Art.

With its project LuminousBees it inaugurates the Aerial Media Arts, a new frontier for the arts in Italy, which will revolutionize the design of shows, concerts, exhibits and gaming: interactive audiovisual choreographic works created in the air space with flocks of UAV technologies, more commonly called drones, or aerial robots. He launches his project with a public presentation of the team and the prototype, and invites to his Interactive Aerial Media Shows Workshop. “Defining ecosystem relations”, the first in a series of transdisciplinary participatory training and planning events, which will be held from 20 to 22 February 2017 at the Savona Unige Campus: artists, designers and technologists, selected by public tender, they will explore the interactions between humans, robots and nature for a definition of the balance, harmony and beauty of the interactive platform’s behavior. The speakers of these days will be: Gianni Vercelli (Unige), Pier Luigi Capucci (Academy of Fine Arts of Urbino), Paolo Atzori (SISSA-Trieste), Antonio Sgorbissa (University of Genoa), Riccardo Cabbri and Claudio Porrini (University of Bologna ) and Antonio Felicioli (University of Pisa). Prototyping, design and programming of swarms of micro drones with IOT technologies and techniques of data analysis & visualization, for the expression of choreographies / languages ​​for aerial performances, based on the study of the biology of the behavior of flocks of the animal world, in particular that of the bees. The program will lead the participants to the realization of the first public demonstration of LuminousBees at the Civic Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce on February 25th 2017. The day will also host a section dedicated to children with an educational workshop curated by Alpamiele and a tasting counter walking with AMI Honey Ambassadors.

Promoting partners

Promoted by


Technological startup dedicated to the production of interactive shows performed in the air space with the use of flocks of micro aerial robots.

University of Genoa

Dibris Department, Computer Science, Bioengineering, Robotics, Engineering, Systems Engineering, Systems, & 3D Lab Factory.

Organized by

Open Your Art

Startup operating at the Civic Museum of Contemporary Art Villa Croce (GE).

Media partner

REDA s.a.s.

Manufacture of computer and peripheral units (GE)

VirtualRobotix Italy

VirtualRobotix Italy S.c.a.r.l. is a technological startup that brings together the best of Italian tradition in the field of robotics, mechatronics and high-tech innovation of products and services in the field of flying robotic, underwater and terrestrial devices and become the reference operator in the gaming sectors , media, industrial and military.


Electronics for Interaction Design E-Commerce

In collaboration with

Green sea

Cultural Association

Objective of the Association is the involvement of as many pieces of civil society, with a particular eye for the most sensitive groups such as children, in the protection and enhancement of the environmental, floristic, faunal landscape of our coast, so narrow between the green of the mountains and the blue of the sea.

The Honey Bar

The first concept store born from the passions for bartendering & beekeeping.

It promotes the culture of honey and beehive products through tastings and using them as a raw material to personalize our administration.