Nova by Serious Computer Group

12th edition, 2021-2022

Nova as part of Luminothérapie, 12 edition © Ulysse Lemerise / OSA Image

Nova a creation by Serious Computer Group

Nova is a video installation inspired by the motion of water. Combining footage of natural flows with synthesized graphics, it presents a portrait of water in transformation – a reality that melts into the imagination. This video projection was made using custom software that combines sequences of moving water with synthesized wave action. For Luminothérapie, images of the Lachine Rapids were recorded as the basis for abstract portraits of Montreal’s fluvial environments. Nova sheds both familiar and strange light on water’s ever-shifting patterns, to reveal the wondrous mysteries of this essential substance.

Nova includes three pairs of video projections, presenting an evolving series that corresponds to the different aspects of water during winter: storm, ice, and the melting of snow.


A creation of Serious Computer Group Creators: Nina Bouchard and Evan Montpellier A co-production of Serious Computer Group and Polytechnique Montréal Presented by Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles



Nina Bouchard graduated from Concordia University‘s Computation Arts program in 2013. She is working in Montreal as an multidisciplinary artist. For several years, she has sought to illustrate her surroundings through photography, video and writing. Her often abstract photos and videos suggest silhouettes and reflected landscapes that express a nostalgic universe.

Her writing explores similar worlds where words, sounds, images and emotions are refined in a constant search for their essence. In 2019, her first collection of poetry, Longitudes et lassitudes, was published by Éditions Bouc. Throughout her practice, her process aims to capture a moment and extract the word or the image that suggests more than it shows.


Evan Montpellier is a computer artist based in Montréal. Working mainly with self-built software and electronic instruments, Evan creates live video and sound performances, recorded music and interactive artworks. His projects have been presented across Eastern Canada and the United States, and he has acted as a technical consultant on artworks that have been presented internationally at events including Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), Sonica (Glasgow, Scotland) and Némo – International Biennial of Digital Arts (Paris, France). He holds a BA in Religious Studies from McGill University and a BFA in Intermedia from Concordia University. Evan is an associate researcher at the Topological Media Lab (Concordia University), where he develops real-time media performance software and collaborates on producing responsive environments.


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Please include full photo credits: Luminothérapie, Nova, by Serious Computer Group, a production of Quartier des spectacles Partnership.


Luminothérapie is Quebec’s largest competition for temporary public art installations. Each year, Luminothérapie presents an original, interactive and captivating winter experience in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles with a major installation in Place des Festivals. In 2020 and 2021, special editions took place in the Quartier, with a series of installations and a moment of sound and light for an extended experience. Luminothérapie seeks to spur creativity in the design of urban installations and digital art. Several cultural districts around the world have shown interest in its interactive art installations created for public spaces by local artists and creators. Since 2016, 12 works created for the Quartier des Spectacles have been exhibited on nearly 100 occasions in more than 50 cities in Canada and around the world.



The Quartier des Spectacles is Montreal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s greatest concentration and variety of cultural venues. The district is the year-round host to countless festivals and events, many of which include free outdoor shows and activities. The Quartier hosts innovative urban installations featuring cutting-edge lighting design, immersive environments and interactive digital spaces. Year round, the Quartier presents artistic video projections on building façades. The Quartier des Spectacles is also a showcase for new multimedia technology, making Montreal a global leader in the urban exhibition of digital content.

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization with more than 80 members active in the district. It is responsible for animating the Quartier des Spectacles by programming cultural activities, managing and animating public spaces, providing distinctive illumination and promoting the Quartier as a must-visit cultural destination. The Partnership is supported by the Ville de Montréal.

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