La machine à bienveillance

La machine à bienveillance

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August 30, 2019 to October 14, 2019


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. Let the giant camera scan you, and you’ll receive a personalized prediction of your future altruistic actions. An invitation to reject everyday suspicion.

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


  • Monday to Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Thursday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Creation and production: Ensemble Ensemble — Jonathan Bélisle, Franck Desvernes, Sylvain Dumais, François Pallaud and Marianne Prairie
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 the KM3 public art event in the Quartier des Spectacles.

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