Common Space? Montreal, September 23, 2015
“Common Space? is a tour of eight new works displayed at various sites in Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles from October 1 to 18, 2015. It is the outcome of a creative process that merges the talent of 13 artists from seven countries, as they explore the question of humans at the heart of technology. Contributors include: Michel de Broin (Canada), whose Molysmocène will be projected on the façade of Théâtre Maisonneuve; Sam Meech (United Kingdom), with We’re all friends here, a trio of works, at Place de la Paix and the UQAM Centre de design; artist Darsha Hewitt (Canada), in collaboration with Nelly-Ève Rajotte (Canada), who take the Goethe Institute by storm with their A Side Man 5000 Adventure; and Sébastien Pierre and Daniel Canty(Canada), who together created Les îles invisibles, an interactive rediscovery tour of the Quartier des Spectacles starting at the Saint-Laurent Metro station.
The works presented by the 13 artists participating in Common Space? were created in relation to the various locations and environment of the Quartier des Spectacles. Through technology, video projections and interactive tools, they set out to reconceptualise our perception of that environment, which rather than remaining a grouping of imposed structures becomes a pliable entity that can be changed through design and creation. Common Space? is an NFB, Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and MUTEK co-production, and is part of the much larger Human Futures project, produced with the support of the European Union’s Culture Programme.
Other artists who are also part of the tour: Aram Bartholl (Germany); The Critical Engineering Working Group collective, consisting of: Bengt Sjölén (Sweden), Danja Vasiliev (Russia) and Julian Oliver (New Zealand); Daniel Iregui (Canada), and Tobias Ebsen (Denmark).”