Moment Factory – La Vitrine Culturelle – Permanent Interactive LED wall (Montreal, Quebec)

La Vitrine
145, rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal
Visitors can interact with the installation every night from 7 PM to 11 PM.

Moment Factory developed the interactive system and designed the interactive content of Montreal’s Vitrine Culturelle.
PHOTONIC Dreams ( created the original LED video wall of La Vitrine, in Montreal.

The installation includes tracking devices and low-resolution LED displays and is capable of showing many different visualizations based on the presence and movement of people.

After entertaining themselves with the dynamic marquee of La Vitrine during the last two editions of the All-Nighter, Montreal residents, visitors and tourists will now be able to enjoy it every night! This interactive screen, which currently lights up La Vitrine Culturelle, is now equipped with a high-tech system, enabling passers-by to interact with light shapes generated by 35,000 LED light bulbs.

The fun and interactive nature of this installation is a new innovation of the Quartier des spectacles Lighting Plan, as it redefines the traditional architectural façade so as to enable passers-by to make it their own by interacting with the light shapes displayed. Thanks to the talent of the creators of Moment Factory, which was incidentally awarded the Grand Prix Créativité Montréal 2008 in the category Urban integration Urban planning for this installation, we are taking a new step toward the creation of a unique urban experience at the heart of Montreal!, says Charles Lapointe, the president of the Partnership.

PechaKucha Nights

Even if you can’t attend one of the worldwide events in your city, the presentations are all online.

PechaKucha Nights are informal and fun gatherings where creative people get together and share their ideas, works, thoughts, holiday snaps — just about anything, really — in the PechaKucha 20×20 format.

With PechaKucha Nights now happening in over 800 cities around the world, we have discovered that most cities — not just Tokyo — have virtually no public spaces where people can show and share their work in a relaxed way. If you have just graduated from college and finished your first project in the real world, where can you show it? It probably won’t get into a magazine, and you don’t have enough photos for a gallery show or a lecture, but PechaKucha is the perfect platform to show and share your work.

REACH: New York by Janney Sound (New York City)

REACH: New York
34th Street Subway Station (N & R Line) New York City, NY

Since 1995, REACH has engaged New York City subway riders to connect with their urban environment in an unusual and musical way. As waiting pedestrians reach up and wave their hands in front of one of the eight “eyes,” a beam of light is interrupted. This activates REACH, which emits a range of sounds—from melodic instruments (marimba, flute) to environmental “sound images” (Everglades, rain forest). The piece is installed on both the uptown and downtown platforms of the 34th Street N/R subway station in New York City. Riders often play REACH with other passengers across the tracks.

Illuminating Downtown (San Jose, California)

The City of San Jose’s Illuminating Downtown Program combines art and high-tech strategies to physically manifest San Jose’s goals for creating a more engaging Downtown that looks, feels and acts like the Capital of Silicon Valley.

Good overview of projects:

San Jose Illuminated Artworks open Friday night:

Sensing You — under Hwy. 87 on Santa Clara St.
Sensing Water — under Hwy. 87 on San Fernando St.
San Carlos Lantern Relay– Market and 4th Streets
Show Your Stripes — the 88 residential tower at 2nd and San Fernando Streets.
San Jose Semaphore — top of Adobe Almaden Tower
Urban Screen — south facade of 300 S. 1st Street.
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