An interactive installation that borrows from sculpture and generative art, Wind Instrument creates soothing musical sounds from the ambient noise surrounding it. Made up of six steel ventilation tubes positioned vertically, like fanciful organ pipes, this 28-foot-high work produces compelling harmonies by reacting to variations in ambient sound and the contributions of passersby. Lighting effects emphasize the device’s musical output. For the duration of the installation, Wind Instrument will also be keeping a record of the different sound levels it picks up.
The installation will be located outside the Saint-Laurent metro station from August 16 to October 8, 2018.
Wind Instrument began with a reflection on the absurdity of seeking silence in spaces where noise is ubiquitous. But if we can’t silence the world, we can at least play with the sounds it generates. Here, the hum of the city becomes the driving force behind an installation that allows the public to harmoniously blend in with the sonic landscape.
Wind Instrument is an invitation for citizens to lend an ear and have a role in creating the soundscapes we live in.
POSSIBLES merges art and civic engagement through the lens of sustainable community development. Once a month throughout 2017, POSSIBLES is presenting the work of 12 artists in various disciplines, in 12 creative partnerships, in 12 unusual Montreal venues. The goal: to provide up-and-coming artists a platform by inviting them to create new works that explore 12 local issues arising from discussions with the community.
When the Nuit des POSSIBLES event wraps up, it will leave behind a manifesto and an experiential web platform. As of 2018, this platform will allow the public to discover these works originating from all around the world. It’s an in-depth reflection on our city and an invitation to help create a better tomorrow!
A National Film Board of Canada, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and LA SERRE – arts vivants co-production.
Created by Etienne Paquette
Creative and artistic director
Sound designer and interactivity programmer
Music consultant and researcher
Justine G. Chapleau
Social Media Strategists
Web Content Project Manager
Quartier des spectacles Partnership
Director of Programming – Producer
Production Project Manager
About the NFB
The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the world’s leading digital content hubs, creating groundbreaking interactive documentaries and animation, mobile content, installations and participatory experiences. NFB interactive productions and digital platforms have won 100 awards, including 21 Webbys. To access this award-winning content and discover the work of NFB creators, visit NFB.ca, download its apps for mobile devices or visit NFB Pause.
About the Quartier des spectacles and the partnership
The Quartier des Spectacles is Montreal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues as well as numerous festivals and events. The Quartier also hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design and immersive environments. The Quartier des Spectacles has become an international showcase for digital public art.
The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership is a non-profit organization responsible for operating and programming the Quartier’s lively public spaces, for illuminating the area through distinctive lighting design as well as for promoting this must-visit cultural destination. The Partnership is a member of several international networks, including the Connecting Cities Network and Lighting Urban Community International (LUCI), as well as the Global Cultural Districts Network. The Partnership is supported by the Ville de Montréal.
For more information, visit quartierdesspectacles.com
About LA SERRE – arts vivants
Because we believe that art is essential to bind the individual to his community, LA SERRE — art vivants is a creation platform that facilitates fruitful encounters and provides emerging artists with an environment that is conducive to the creation and dissemination of meaningful work.
LA SERRE is a structuring incubator for the improvement of the conditions under which emerging artists carry out their work in live arts. It accompanies them in the expansion of their work, from the creation process to encounters with the public. It helps artists develop their autonomy, organizational maturity and artistic independence. LA SERRE acts as an activator of collaborations between artists and local, national and international partners, as well as artists from various artistic disciplines and other areas. Artistically, LASERRE favors projects that establish evocative links between art and society, and facilitate connections between different disciplinary fields and sectors.
The mandate of LA SERRE comprises three axes of activities: Artists, Events and Ateliers.
For more information: laserre.ca