The Compassion Machine - Ensemble Ensemble

August 30 to October 14, 2019

The Compassion Machine by Ensemble Ensemble as part of KM3. © Cindy Boyce

The Compassion Machine


To prevent unwanted behaviours, society is constantly watching and evaluating us. But what would happen if surveillance algorithms instead measured our capacity for kindness? That’s the question Ensemble Ensemble raises with this installation. By letting themselves be scanned by the massive camera, spectators receive a personalized prediction of their future altruistic actions. An invitation to reject everyday suspicion.

AUGUST 30, 2019 TO OCTOBER 14, 2019

Place des Festivals
Corner Balmoral and Sainte-Catherine
Monday to Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thursday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Jonathan Bélisle, Franck Desvernes, Sylvain Dumais, François Pallaud, and Marianne Prairie (Montreal, Canada)

This multidisciplinary creative team wants to bring people together in public spaces with real-world interactive experiences and subverted technology.


Creation and production: Ensemble Ensemble
Sound design: DJ Mini
Graphic design: TagTeam

A co-production of the National Film Board of Canada and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership. The Compassion Machine was originally presented in 2017 as part of of KM3 public art event in the Quartier des Spectacles.


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A sequence of interactive installations in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles

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