Illuminart is a new circuit fusing art, lighting and technology, unfolding through downtown Montreal. Aimed at an inquisitive audience eager to discover and explore, Illuminart assembles projects by artists, creators, engineers, set designers, graphic designers and videographers from home and abroad. Our illuminated urban space springs to life, becoming a must-see destination for creativity, inspiration and shared experience thanks to works that are at once surprising, impressive and entertaining.
In its inaugural edition, February 22 to March 11, 2017, Illuminart presents 25 works spread over 3.6 km in the Quartier des spectacles. Conceived in artistic collaboration with Lyon, the circuit specially includes 4 projects that were presented during the last edition of the Fête des Lumières.
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The 8th edition of SIGHT & SOUND, Per Capita, delves into one of the most rapidly growing social phenomena, that of the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption. The fascination with this growing economic system comes from its promise of remodelling not what individuals consume, but rather, the way in which they consume. This “economic revolution,” however, is not without controversy: although some affirm that it allows disadvantaged social classes to gain access to otherwise inaccessible products and sources of revenue, others point to the fact that these multinational platforms are often built on the circumvention of economic regulations and current labour laws.
The 2016 edition of SIGHT & SOUND addresses these questions, exploring the ways in which artists and participants in digital culture contribute uniquely to the debates and issues surrounding the sharing economy. SIGHT & SOUND wishes to critically approach these issues and encourage a collective reflection on the sometimes obscure dynamics underlying these phenomena and the impact of these on our lives. The artists and speakers who will participate offer answers to the following questions: What does “sharing” or “collaboration” precisely mean? What are the objects of this sharing – things, subjects, ideas, time? Who benefits from these systems and structures, and what are their limits?
Les Transformables v.102 seeks to present media artworks, kinetic and sound installations, as well as audiovisual performances shown in parallel to the installation works. With works by: Alexandre St-Onge, Anne-F. Jacques, Herman Kolgen, Leyla Majeri, Katherine Kline, Nikki Forrest, Peter Flemming, Steve Bates, and Bill Clintwood.
The 3rd edition of the International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN) starts from June 3 to July 3 with a series of soft openings beginning April 16.
This year’s theme is AUTOMATA: Art made by machines for machines, with the BIAN looking at the impact of artificial intelligence in art and culture, with a program of robotic, immersive, virtual reality, augmented reality, sculpture and digital video works.
This year, the BIAN presents its major exhibition AUTOMATA at Arsenal Contemporary Art, a venue dedicated to presenting, promoting and developing contemporary art, from June 3 to July 3, 2016. Canadian and international artists will offer a large palette of eclectic works. BIAN audiences will discover a new generation of creators and established artists who effortlessly combine visual art processes with digital technologies to create the art of today and tomorrow.
MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE is one of the largest winter festivals in the world, an annual celebration registering 1 300,000 festival site visits from fans experiencing the joy of Montreal wintertime through a unique program combining performing arts, gastronomy, free outdoor family activities, and a full night of exquisitely original discoveries!
Every year, the festival closes by kicking off the “Nuit Blanche” celebrations around the world. And what a kickoff! The Nuit blanche à Montréal invites locals and tourists to enjoy some 200 mostly free activities, all of them linked by a free shuttle service. Whether onstage or onscreen, in the great outdoors or under the spotlights, in music or in story, installations, exhibitions or dance, the city lights up the night with a full spectrum of fun and festive discoveries for all!
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 (photonicdreams.com) 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.
The Quartier des Spectacles is pleased to announce the installation of Impluse, the work that will take over the Place des Festivals this coming winter for the sixth annual edition of Luminothérapie.
Impulse is an interactive work comprising seesaws of various sizes, with lighting and sound. To activate them, one person sits down on each end. The seesaws, fitted with LED lights and speakers, then produce a series of beautiful sounds. The intensity of the light varies as the board’s angle changes. The installation and its streamlined design will delight children and adults as they play with the sounds and lighting effects it produces, filling the Place des Festivals with a dance of sounds and lights, bringing joy and warmth to the winter’s cold, short days and dark nights.
Fulfilling the mandate to create a unified Luminothérapie concept, as well as a complement to the large-scale installation, the creative consortium will also produce video projections for the nine permanent projection sites in the Quartier des Spectacles. Two Montreal-based artists will be responsible for the projections: Maotik and Iregular, with soundtracks for the projections and for the Place des Festivals by Toronto-based artist Mitchell Akiyama.
Impulse a participatory creation by the firms Lateral Office, and CS Design, in collaboration with EGP Group.
Interview from 2014
In line with its ongoing policy of bringing the visual arts and music together, the Museum has invited French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot to present his living and ephemeral work, an organic installation specifically conceived for the spaces of the Contemporary Art Square, as transformed into a gigantic aviary.
An astounding sonic arrangement featuring songbirds and electric guitars, from here to ear consists of more than fifty zebra finches, enchanting little chaffinches from central Australia, “performing” in the Square. These tuneful and gregarious birds settle in groups on unusual perches: a dozen amplified electric guitars and basses ready to receive the finches, which, as they fly about on the strings, play pre-recorded rock, punk and heavy-metal chords. While the sounds they generate overlie their own songs, the composition of claws on electric guitars that they improvise is governed by the beating of the birds’ wings and by the movements of visitors as they walk around the gallery.
Organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, this immersive installation is the Canadian premiere for this French artist who represented his country in the 2015 Biennale in Venice.
After more than fifteen interpretations, the version presented at the Museum will be one of the largest ever.
Re-Create 2015 will mark the 10th Anniversary of the International Conference on the Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology. The conference will be hosted by two Hexagram sites at Concordia University and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), core antennas of the largest network dedicated to research-based creative practice in media art, design and technology. The venues are centrally located in vibrant, downtown Montréal – the digital arts capital of North America.
…Re-Create 2015 proposes the central question of what theories, methodologies and techniques can be used to understand past, present and indeed, future paradigms of creative material practice involving technologies within research contexts, from a historical and critical point of view.