OUR COMMON HOME: world premiere in the Quartier des Spectacles
A new series of interactive artworks about climate change
Montreal, October 7, 2021 – The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is pleased to present the world premiere of the latest creation by the new-media art studio Iregular. From October 14 to 30, 2021, OUR COMMON HOME will present a series of interactive experiences on four building façades in the Quartier. The work, presented in conjunction with the Festival du nouveau cinéma, invites the public to reflect on climate change through a four-chapter experience exploring the human activities that contribute to climate change and how our individual decisions have a global impact:
Chapiter 1 - Creatures, on the side of the Wilder Building, is a metaphor for human influence on the animal kingdom.
Chapiter 2 - Products, on the façade of UQAM’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy, explores consumerism and the amount of garbage we produce.
Chapiter 3 - Icebergs, on the walls of buildings beside Saint-Laurent metro station, looks at the impact of our daily choices on the melting of the polar ice caps.
Chapiter 4 - Telescopes, on the façade of the Grande Bibliothèque, illustrates our lack of interest in engaging in necessary conversations about climate change.
Visitors will be able to interact directly with the projections vocally, through movement or using light from their cellphones. All of the projections are accompanied by a soundtrack designed to enhance the experience.
These all-new sensory experiences are made possible by CURSOR, an exclusive technology developed by Iregular. The technology can transform a building façade into an adaptable, expressive, multi-user interactive display. CURSOR uses optics, computer vision, artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect and track objects and people in large spaces.
During the Festival du nouveau cinéma, the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership will present a master class with Iregular founder Daniel Iregui on Thursday, October 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Grande Bibliothèque.
More information: nouveaucinema.ca
OUR COMMON HOME
A creation by Iregular in co-production with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, with the financial support of the Canada Media Fund (CMF).
Presented in conjunction with the Festival du nouveau cinéma
October 14 to 30, 2021
Thursday through Saturday, 6:30 to 11:00 p.m.
On the façades of the Grande Bibliothèque, the Pavillon Président-Kennedy at UQAM, the Wilder Building and the buildings next to Saint-Laurent metro station.
OUR COMMON HOME
A creation by Iregular
Creative director: Daniel Iregui
Producer: Marilyne Lacombe
Technical director: Louis-Philippe Kyer
Artistic director: Célia Genevois
Creative developers: Guillaume Turgeon, Victor Ivanov, Hugo St-Onge and Simon Demeule
Designer: Alice Sanz
Sound designer: Mourad Bennacer
Industrial designers: Sebastien Dallaire and Jakob Lorenz
Writer: Mariam Assaf
Software developers: Hugo St-Onge and Guillaume Turgeon
Computer vision: Louis Bouchard and Bilal Khomri
Web developer: Nicolas Prud'homme
Executive producer: Eloi Beauchamp
Agent: Olivier Gagnon
A co-production of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership
With the financial support of the Canada Media Fund (CMF)
ABOUT THE QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES AND THE QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES PARTNERSHIP
The Quartier des Spectacles is Montreal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues. Year round, the district is home to countless festivals and events, and hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design, immersive environments or interactive digital spaces. The Quartier des Spectacles is 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 85 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 benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal.
More information: quartierdesspectacles.com
Founded in Montreal in 2010, new media art studio Iregular creates interactive audiovisual installations, large-scale sculptures, architectural projections and scenographies, with a focus on interactive and immersive experiences. At the crossroads between art and technology, the studio explores the infinite and random combinations produced by interactive systems that the public influences and transforms. Since its inception, Iregular has produced more than 50 artworks and toured in more than 35 countries. Iregular also develops its own proprietary technologies.
More information: www.iregular.io
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