Interactive video panorama using 4 networked computers with touchpads and microphones, 4 laserdisc players, 4 video projectors and four amplified speakers. Created with support from the NTT InterCommunication Centre, Tokyo. Original version in French; the Japanese, English, German and Finnish versions are subtitled.
Four walls of a space are "painted", with video projectors, into a single photo realistic 360º landscape representing a public garden. The space, set in Montreal's Mont-Royal Park, is being visited by real and virtual characters. If the virtual characters appear free
to come and go in the garden, real visitors will need help to walk in and explore. For this they have to make contact with one of the virtual character by selecting, using voice or touch, questions or comments from imposed sets. Questions on, for example, where they are, what is around, where one can go from here will engage a conversation leading to some form of relationship. The exchange may be cut short with everyone going back to their business or it may reach a point where visitors will convince a character to lead them somewhere. In such case, visitors are being pulled through the landscape after their virtual guide and the whole room appears to be moving in this direction.
The dialogue between the guide and the visitor or group goes on and defines the progression through space. Because real visitors are using virtual characters to steer their way through space, the nature of visitor's relationship to the character will define the space - physical or metaphorical - that can be accessed. There are several possible destinations or outcome. Visitors could simply be abandoned somewhere on the way if the connection to the character is broken, or they could be reaching a destination: a lookout or a forbidden boundary.
This journey through space is also a journey through words, meanings, language, subjectivity. It highlights not only the physical world in which this is happening but also its diverse meanings and functions to different people. The experience is about communication/discommunication between people with movements through space as manifestation of its nature; successful forms of communication will offer visitors more varied inroads into more remote places.
Original idea, scenario, dialogues, design, direction, production: Luc Courchesne
Assistance to direction and production: Etienne Desautels and Marc Lavallée
Cast: Piali Courchesne-Laurier (child), Annick Lemay (mother), Hugo Dubé (father), Rolland Laroche (grand-father), Paule Ducharme (friend), Stéphane Demers (lover), Rodrigue Proteau (passer-by), Robin McKenna and Joseph Khaiata (drunken couple), Katou (dog)
Casting and actor's direction: Lorne Brass
Photography: Luc Courchesne, Jason Levy
Camera: Jason Levy, Pascal Courchesne
Sound engineer: Craig Lapp
Set photography: Frédéric Cloutier
Video production direction: Suzanne Gosselin
Assistance to video production: Dominique Carmichael, Éienne Desautels, François Vaillancourt
Computer animation: Jon McCormack
Video editing: Luc Courchesne, Michel Giroux
Sound track: Claude Schryer, Luc Courchesne
Sound editing: Martin Hurtubise
Post-production studio: PRIM
Programming: Marc Lavallée, Luc Courchesne, Étienne Desautels
English translation: Luc Courchesne
Japanese translation: Taki Kanaya
Construction of installation: Luc Courchesne, Guy Hébert, Claude Belils
Mastering of laserdiscs : 3-M Optical Recording (Menomonie WI)
Thanks to Germain Courchesne, Yoko Kojima, Mario Laliberté, Monique Savoie, Bureau du cinéma (Ville de Montréal), Université de Montréal.
Created with support from NTT InterCommunication Center, Tokyo
NTT InterCommunication Centre, Tokyo (October - December 1997)
NTT InterCommunication Centre, Tokyo (April 1997 - June 2000)
Cinémathèque québécoise (October - December 1998)
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, La Villette, Paris (March - April 1999)
Kiasma, Helsinki (May-June 1999)
Museum of Communication, Bern (August-September 1999)
OK Center, Linz (September 1999)
Siemens Forum, Munich (October 1999 - January 2000)
Siemens Forum, Berlin (January - March 2000)
Siemens Forum, Erlangen (April - June 2000)
Wood Street Gallery, Pittsburg (February - March 2001)
Frameries, Belgium (March-April 2002)
Souffleurs d’images, Centre Euralille, Lille (décember 2003- February 2004)
Digital Avant-Garde: 25 years of Ars Electronica, Eyebeam, New York (may-july 2004)
Digital Avant-Garde: 25 years of Ars Electronica, Lintos Museum, Linz (september-october 2004)
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