Friday, January 8, 2016

It’s cold outside, but let’s play

Just in case you haven’t heard of the Montreal’s apocryphal underground winter city (like me), don’t worry it’s regarded as folklore.  However, the organizers of The Quartier des Spectacles are pleased to announce the installation of Impluse, the work that will take over the Place des Festivals this winter for the sixth annual edition of Luminothérapie. The premise behind Luminothérapie is to bring people out onto the streets - despite the temperatures.

Impulse is an interactive work comprising seesaws of various sizes, with lighting and sound. They are activated, when one person sits down on each end. The seesaws, which are 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 is a delight for children and adults alike, as they play with the sounds and lighting effects it produces.  During one of Montreal’s coldest times of the year, where the days are short and the lights are long and dark, this exhibit fills the Place des Festivals with the dance of sounds and lights, bringing joy and warmth.

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.
YouTube video

PLACE DES FESTIVALS (December 10, 2015 to January 31, 2016)

From Sunday to Wednesday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
From Thursday to Sunday: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Seesaws design: Lateral Office et CS Design, in collaboration with EGP Group
Sound design: Mitchell Akiyama
Mechanical design and Production: Générique Design
Electronic production and interactivity: Robocut Studio


1.        METROPOLIS, January 2016
    2.        Quartier Des Spectacles Montreal (website)

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