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Spotlight VYV


¡ The Luminous Pathway


What a Spectacle!


The Luminous Pathway at the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal now benefits from the introduction of video-projectors at the buzzing cultural hub.


Light is at the very heart of the Quartier des Spectacles through the Luminous Pathway, which connects the various cultural destinations within the neighbourhood. Light pours through the pathway illuminating the area, attracting public attention to the incredible scene. The Luminous Pathway has recently taken an important step in becoming an even more incredible area, with the illumination of the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) design centre and the Grande Bibliothèque belonging to Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ). Brand new permanent video-projection devices create the potential for designers to illuminate entire buildings, signifying a real leap in the creative potential of the urban-branding project.


By adding these tools to those already available to Luminous Pathway artists, the exciting cultural activities taking place within the buildings can then be enhanced, as there is now a vast array of new possibilities for collaboration with designers who will be able to use high-end


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equipment to present digital works that will, after dark, create artworks on the outside that are reflections of the exciting cultural activities going on inside the buildings. The video-projectors are controlled with the help of software by Montreal-based developer VYV, which allows precise mapping of the front of buildings in high resolutions, so that the projections offer a whole new scope for creative design. “We have just taken a major step. We believe these permanent outdoor video projection systems are unique in the world,” said Mikaël Charpin, Assistant Director and manager of the Luminous Path for the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership. “Creativity is nurtured by innovation, and, in order to do research and development, laboratories are needed. When it comes to architectural illumination in public spaces, there is no doubt: the Quartier des Spectacles gives Montreal the best possible laboratory,” Mr. Charpin added. “The use of this cutting-edge technology for the Luminous Pathway allows us to provide excellent new exhibition


opportunities for Montreal creators,” said Pierre Fortin, executive director of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership. “Everyone wins, from the visitors who will enjoy our downtown’s exceptional cultural offerings, to the designers who will have the chance to experiment here before showing their discoveries to the world,” he added.


Centre de Design de l’UQAM Designer: Emmanuel Mauries Rinfret


Grande bibliothèque (BAnQ) Designer: Lucion Média


Contact: VYV T: +1 877 898 2677 W: www.vyv.ca


Images by Martine Doyon, Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles


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