Finalists for Montreal’s Luminothrapie competition announced

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership has announced the finalists for the 2015-16 edition of the Luminothérapie competition. Now in its sixth year, the annual event features innovative and participatory urban installations that offer a playful winter experience to visitors to the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal.

The concept is required to showcase and enliven the Place des Festivals with a luminous and audible primary work that can be enjoyed both day and night, plus video projections for the nine permanent projection sites in the Quartier. In previous years, the competition had two components: the main installation and the video projections. This year, participants are required to combine both components into a single project. The goal of merging the components was to arrive at a unified concept for the Quartier. Designers were invited to form multidisciplinary teams (design, architecture, visual and digital arts) to create an experience highlighting diverse perspectives and emerging practices.

Five finalists have been selected from 38 entries:

* Architecture Open Form in collaboration with Induktion Groupe Conseil, Samuel Bernier-Lavigne, Elizabeth Laferrière, Je Thème and Olivier Ouellet-Hébert
* artificiel and in situ atelier d’architecture
* Lateral Office, CS Design Inc, Irregular, Maotik, Mitchell Akiyama and EGP Group
* Renée d’Amours Architecte, Atelier Gris, Yan Breuleux and Louis-Philippe St-Arnault
* Stéphanie Henry, Jeanne Faure, Olivier Schmitt and Jean de Giacinto

All proposals received, along with the jury’s report, will be released to the public in October at at the same time as the winner is announced. The winning project will be presented from December 10, 2015 to January 31, 2016.

The competition selection process has two rounds: first, the jury reviews proposals submitted anonymously, in order to ensure transparency and openness to new talent; second, the finalists selected in the first round give a presentation to the jury. The proposals are reviewed using criteria detailed in the competition rules. The total production budget for the project is $300,000.

The jury is comprised of nine members:

* Marc-André Carignan, urban design and architecture journalist
* Mikaël Charpin, Assistant Director and Luminous Pathway manager, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
* Pascale Daigle, Director of Programming, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
* Pierre Fortin, Executive Director, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
* Émilie F. Grenier, narrative experiences designer
* Benoît Lemieux, Director of Operations and Luminous Pathway, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
* Gabriel Poirier-Galarneau, multimedia producer
* Judith Portier, environmental designer
* Catherine Turp, Creative Director, Moment Factory

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