Quartier des Spectacles unveils Impulse and opens the 2016 call for proposals

Montrealers and visitors are invited, from December 10 to January 31, to explore IMPULSE, a winter installation comprising 30 giant seesaws that will transform the Place des Festivals into a vast illuminated playground, accompanied by a set of all-new video projections. The creation is the work of Toronto-based firm Lateral Office and Montreal-based CS Design, in collaboration with EGP Group of Montreal.

The consortium, chosen through an open competition for the sixth annual Luminothérapie event, has created a playful interactive space that will warm hearts of all ages during the cold season.

The interactive work on the Place des Festivals presents a series of giant illuminated and sound-producing seesaws. To activate them, visitors straddle them like any other seesaw. Once in motion, the built-in lights and speakers produce a harmonious sequence of sounds and lights, resulting in a constantly evolving ephemeral composition.

Through the use of architectural lines, a hypnotic soundtrack and an entertaining illusion of depth, the nine architectural video projections echo the seesaws of the Place des Festivals. Playing with the notions of balance and unbalance, symmetry and asymmetry, tension and harmony, the video projections are visual experiments illustrating the original soundtrack created for each video.

IMPULSE is an urban installation that renews itself for every different audience. Each person becomes, while on the seesaws, the player of a novel instrument.

Call for proposals for works to animate public spaces in the Quartier Des Spectacles

The call for proposals is officially open for Luminothérapie 2016-2017, Quebec’s largest competition for temporary public art installations. The goal of the multidisciplinary competition is to produce an original winter-themed interactive experience in the Quartier des Spectacles and to stimulate creativity in the disciplines of urban installations and digital art.

For this seventh edition, the Quartier des Spectacles is bringing something new to the competition by providing a theme: participants must work within the theme “tale.” Chosen for its narrative power, the tale – which can take many different forms (fantastical or urban, classic or newly created) – must provide a captivating experience.

From December 8, 2016 to January 29, 2017, the winning designers will present an installation on the Place des Festivals that creates a sense of wonder both day and night, while encouraging the participation of a broad audience, including families. Architectural video projections for two adjacent building façades will complete a unified concept through integration with the narrative structure of the primary work.

The competition has two phases: in the first, proposals are reviewed anonymously (to ensure impartiality and openness to new talent); in the second, the finalists selected in the first round will give a presentation to the jury.

The jury will favour projects that combine a variety of perspectives by bringing together multiple disciplines: design, the performing arts, visual and media arts, etc. The total production budget is $300,000.

The registration form, rules and evaluation criteria are available at quartierdesspectacles.com/en/request-for-proposals/

Photo Ulysse Lemerise
Photo Ulysse Lemerise
Photo Ulysse Lemerise
Photo Ulysse Lemerise
Photo Ulysse Lemerise
Photo Ulysse Lemerise
Photo Ulysse Lemerise
Photo Ulysse Lemerise
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