Every spring, an interactive installation takes over a high-traffic area in Montréal’s Quartier des spectacles and sets a collective ritual. The installation offers a fresh look at the idea of cooperation, the notion that we can achieve more together than separately.
The result is a giant instrument made of 21 musical swings; each swing in motion triggers different notes, all the swings together compose a piece, but some sounds only emerge from cooperation.
The project stimulates ownership of the public space, bringing together people of all ages and backgrounds, and creating a place for playing and hanging out in the middle of the city centre.
In order to allow for these collective moments to be shared around the world, a traveling version of the project with 10 Musical Swings is now available on tour. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
CREATED AND PRODUCED WITH SUPPORT FROM QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES DE MONTRÉAL
EXHIBITED YEARLY AT SPRINGTIME IN MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC
A Project by Daily tous les jours
Created by Mouna Andraos & Melissa Mongiat
Executive Producer: Antoine Clayette (2012), and Hugues Monfroy (2011)
Music: Radwan Ghazi Moumneh
Concept Team: Dominique Côté, Alexandre Landry, Yolène Leroux, and Luc-Alain Giraldeau
Design: Sébastien Dallaire, and Alexandre Landry
Technical Direction: Eva Schindling
Production Coordinator: Tara DeSimone
Production: Paul Bailly, Michael Baker, Mourad Bennacer, Thibeault Bensa, Olivier Coquet, Nicolas Duvieusart Dery, Élise Genvrin, Sophie Grignart, Luc Hernandez, David Lortie, Albane Guy, Ricardo Jean, Yolène Leroux, Etienne Lemieux Maillé, Benoît Piccolini, Peter Rockwell, and Alexandra Sawicki
Technological Partner: PixMob (formerly ESKI )
Technical Direction: Vincent Leclerc
Project Manager: Josiane Mercier
Programming: Patrick Keroulas, and Vincent de Belleval
Production: Philippe Savard, and Marc-André Tessier
Video: Geoffrey Boulangé
Photography: Olivier Blouin
Created with: Max/MSP, Arduino IDE, and Razor AHRS Firmware
"Voice Array," 2011
intercom, 576 white LED lights, holosonic speaker, custom-made hardware and software
display dimensions variable
"Voice Array" is a construction for vocal improvisation that uses blinking LEDs and a customized intercom system of audio playback and recording. Capturing hundreds of voices and translating each one into a series of light flashes, the piece stores a unique pattern as a loop in the first light of the array, until the next participant speaks into the intercom. Each new recording is pushed along its long horizontal band of LEDs, as sounds of the voices gradually accumulate. When the first voice reaches the other side of the piece, the participant’s phrase is once again released as sound, punctuated by the staggering pulsation of all the lights in tandem. The ever-changing voices stored by the piece play back through a directional speaker, during moments of less activity.
Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.
Video courtesy of the artist and bitforms gallery nyc.
To learn more about Lozano-Hemmer's work, please visit: