An ephemeral experiential installation at Hangar 1825

Friday, June 4, 2021

Different zones and sound sequences of the installation along Hangar 1825. © Stories of a Near Future. 

As they approach Hangar 1825, located east of des Seigneurs Street, canal regulars and enthusiasts will notice strange sounds as they pass by on foot or by bicycle between May 27 and July 27, 2021. The Quartier de l’Innovation de Montréal invited the Stories of a Near Future collective, to set up an ephemeral experiential sound installation near the structure.

The De Passage (webpage in French) installation presents a soundscape that juxtaposes Montreal’s industrial past and the peaceful sounds of nature.  This interactive artwork aims to reconnect passersby with the elements that shaped the environment around them. 

The creators of this project wanted to use an interactive soundscape that would encourage both contemplative and participatory behaviors allowing users to witness the passage of time.

The goal of this partnership between Parks Canada and the Quartier de l’Innovation de Montréal, of which the Intelligent Life Open Air Laboratory (LabVi) is a part, is to host digital arts projects until 2022 to enhance the visitor experience of the Lachine Canal while showcasing its industrial heritage. In 2021, other innovative and creative projects are planned for the National Historic Site.

Mural created by Ankhone on Hangar 1825.© Kolab

The next time you take the path on the north side of the canal, between the Charlevoix Bridge and des Seigneurs Street, pay attention to the sound sequences triggered by the motion sensors installed underneath!

Learn more about the Stories of a Near Future collective, initiated Jonathan Bélisle and Léah Snider, whose projects are incubated at the LabVi.

This sound experience comes in addition to the mural created by artist Ankhone in September 2020, making Hangar 1825 a true landmark in the Lachine Canal landscape.

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