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Light Therapy Public Space Competition

February 25, 2014
by Canadian Architect

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership invites designers to enter the fifth installment of Light Therapy, a multidisciplinary competition to highlight and enliven the public spaces of Montreal’s downtown Quartier des Spectacles. Entrants are urged to form multidisciplinary teams, so as to stimulate emergence of new cultural and artistic practices. This approach favours blended perspectives, encouraging the complementary aspects of a variety of disciplines: design, stage arts, literature, visual and/or media arts.

The subject of this competition is a work that is conducive to highlighting and enlivening the Place des Festivals, and plans are afoot to present the work between December 10, 2014 and February 2, 2015. The project area is approximately 37,000 square feet, and the total project budget is $225,000 before taxes.

The work must provide both a day and night experience that is participatory, playful, festive, luminous and multisensory. It must integrate with the wintertime context and that of the Quartier des Spectacles, as well as the specific characteristics of the sites. The work must connect with the public and be meaningful in both its content and artistic approach, reflecting the site and the wider Quartier des Spectacles and Montreal context. The participatory experience created should encourage interaction and discussion, whereby both the public and the environment can affect the installation (via interaction, modification, transformation, addition, enhancement, etc.) and become a part of it along with its other constituent elements. There must be the establishment of a dialogue between the installation and members of the public so as to produce a unique result in real time. A festive, playful, illuminated setting must be created that integrates with the winter environment at all times of the day and night. Works submitted must be original and must not have been previously shown. They must be transportable and adaptable to a smaller area for purposes of travel.

This national competition is free to enter. Held in two stages, the first stage consists of anonymously submitted proposals, followed by the second consisting of presentations before the jury. For the second stage, a maximum of five finalists will receive $5,000 each, before taxes. This compensation shall be conditional upon preparation of a presentation compliant with the rules and regulations.

Eligible contestants may be any designer, or any team having at least one lead designer who: works in the fields of planning and design (architecture, landscape architecture, land use, urban design, interior design, environmental design, industrial design, graphic design) and/or in the fields of event design, multimedia, literature, the stage arts (set designer, director, choreographer, musical director, lighting and video designer) as well as the visual and media arts; and who is based at a head office located in Canada. The establishment of multidisciplinary teams is strongly encouraged.

The jury comprises the following nine members: Claude Auchu, Partner, VicePresident, Creative Director, Design, LG2 Boutique; Pierre Fortin, General Manager, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership; Lesley Johnstone, Curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Pascal Lefebvre, Director of Programming, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership; Benoît Lemieux, Director of Operations, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership; Étienne Paquette, Screenwriter and Director; Kim Pariseau, Architect, Appareil architecture; Laurent Saulnier, Vice-President, Programming and Production, L’Équipe Spectra; and Louis-Richard Tremblay, Producer, Interactive Studio, National Film Board of Canada.

Registration is compulsory and free of charge. It enables contestants to obtain the competition documents and to ensure liaison with the communications network established by professional advisor Véronique Rioux. The registration form must be completed and sent by e-mail by April 4, 2014, at 12:00 noon local time to [email protected].

For the first stage, proposals must be prepared and submitted by April 18, 2014, at 12:00 noon local time via an FTP site whose address and password will have been provided to the contestants by the professional advisor after registration.

For the second stage, presentations must be prepared and submitted by May 27, 2014, at 12:00 noon local time, via e-mail to [email protected].

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