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21 Balançoires (21 Swings)

Every spring since 2011

21 Balançoires ©Ulysse Lemerise

A collective musical production

From April 8 to May 28, 2019

This interactive musical installation, part game and part street furniture, delivers countless hours of all-ages fun. Created for the Quartier des Spectacles by the Montreal-based design team of Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat, of Daily tous les jours, each swing makes the sound of a musical instrument: piano, guitar, harp or vibraphone. The height reached by the swing determines the note it plays, and when multiple swings are occupied a melody starts to emerge.

Credits :

A creation of Daily tous les jours
Developed with the collaboration of Luc-Alain Giraldeau, professor, faculty of science, UQAM

Musical design: Radwan Ghazi Moumneh Production: Quarter des Spectacles Parthernship

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Biography of the conceptors

Daily tous les jours creates large scale interactive installations driven by collective experiences. The Montreal-based art and design studio uses technology, performance, placemaking and storytelling to explore collaboration, the future of cities and the power of humans.

Daily is best known for its work in public spaces, where passing crowds are invited to play a critical role in the transformation of their environment. Some of Daily’s best known projects include 21 Balançoires, a series of swings creating music through public cooperation; and Musical Shadows, that reacts to the shadows of passerby with the sounds of singing voices. Daily also presented Hello Trees in Houston TX, a walking serenade with light animated arches and most recently, they created the meditative experience of I Heard There Was a Secret Chord, presented at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montreal as part of the Leonard Cohen exhibition called A Crack in Everything.

Daily’s work has won numerous international recognitions including Best in Show at the IxDA Interaction Awards, the Grand Prize at the UNESCO Shenzhen Design Awards, a Knight Cities Challenge for Civic Innovation, a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award, and an Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Award.

Daily tous les jours was co-founded by Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos in 2010.

Blog

21 Balançoires : AN ICON RETURNS

THE JOYS OF SPRING IN THE HEART OF THE CITY

Press release

Le Quartier des spectacles présente 21 Balançoires musicales d’Andraos & Mongiat sur la promenade des Artistes (in French)

21 Balançoires makes a proud return to Promenade des Artistes in Quartier des Spectacles: a new springtime ritual for Montreal!

Three awards for Quartier des Spectacles installations

Prize :

2013 > INTERACTION DESIGN AWARDS
Best in Show & Best in category, Engagement pour les 2_21 Balançoires_ Décerné à Daily tous les jours

2013 > UNESCO SHENZEN DESIGN AWARDS FOR YOUNG TALENTS
Grand prize pour les _21 Balançoires
Décerné à Daily tous les jours_

Media relations

Marie Lamoureux | marie.lamoureux@quartierdesspectacles.com | 514 923-6772