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Luminothérapie winner announced

October 14, 2015
by Elsa Lam

Rendering of the winning installation for the 2015-2016 Luminothérapie competition

Rendering of the winning installation for the 2015-2016 Luminothérapie competition

Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles Partnership has announced the winner of the sixth Luminothérapie competition. The installation, entitled Impulse, will take over the Place des Festivals this coming winter from December 10, 2015 to January 31, 2016. The design is by Toronto-based firm Lateral Office with Montreal’s CS Design, in collaboration with Montreal-based EGP Group.

Impulse is an interactive work comprising 30 seesaws of various sizes fitted with LED lights and speakers. As people sit down on them, the seesaws produce a series of beautiful sounds and emit light of various intensities, depending on the angle of the board.

Two images from the accompanying video projections

Two images from the accompanying video projections

The creative consortium will also produce video projections for nine sites in the Quartier des Spectacles. Two Montreal-based artists will be responsible for the projections: Maotik and Irregular, with original soundtracks by Toronto-based artist Mitchell Akiyama.

The architectural video projections feature motion and hypnotic rhythms, echoing the seesaws in the Place des Festivals. Playing with the ideas of balance and unbalance, symmetry and asymmetry, tension and harmony, the projections will enhance the primary work.

Impulse won over the jury with its intuitive participatory nature, appealing to a wide audience. The installation covers all of Place des Festivals, using the space in a harmonious way. It produces a strong visual impact, and it invites to be active in winter. The video projections, meanwhile, are more abstract and complement the experience of playing on the seesaws in the Place des Festivals, which the jury members saw as a daring idea,” explains Gabriel Poirier-Galarneau, chair of the Luminothérapie 2015 jury.

Proposals were required to draw inspiration from winter and the specific characteristics of the site. They also had to offer visitors a meaningful sound-and-light experience day or night, be meaningful in both content and artistic approach, and encourage people of all ages to participate.


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