The city of Montréal turns 375 years old this year, and the events that surround the anniversary couldn’t be more exciting: starting this Wednesday, August 30th, 20 artworks will be seen throughout the Quartier des Spetacles, in Downtown Montréal, in a public art-walk called “KM3”(pronounced “kilomètre cube”). Curated by Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos, the initiative hopes to encourage people to experience the city in new – surprising, dreamlike, reinvented – ways.
Mostly cheerful and interactive, the works on view include a “Compassion Machine” that gives passers-by a personalized prediction of their future altruistic acts (Ensemble Ensemble) at the Saint-Laurent subway station; a stylized audio guide to Places des Festivals that mixes fantastical and realistic stories by asking its participants to solve a series of visual riddles (Les Alts); and even a hammock installation that invites Montrealers and tourists alike to relax and take a nap in the middle of a shopping mall complex. The latter is, by the way, one of the three international works featured in the project, created by the artistic collective and three-times PIPA Prize nominee Opavivará.
Asides from the works, which are on view until October 15th, the art-walk experience is complemented with a series of festive events. The day of the opening, for example, offers guided tour, DJs, and a neighbourhood banquet giving the public the chance to create their own menus while chefs improvise delicious creations on the spot. See the full calendar of events here.
“KM3”, featuring Les Alts, Patrick Bérubé, Manatavo, Them Games & Lebleu Denastas Design Studio, Opavivará, Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, Gilles Mihalcean, Marshmallow Laser Feast, The Constitute, Ensemble Ensemble, Vincent Morisset & Caroline Robert (Studio AATOAA), Philippe Allard, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Atomic3, Pavitra Wickramasinghe, Ying Gao, Michel de Broin, Jonathan Villeneuve, Stéphane Pratte, Anouk Bergeron & Karin Vouillamoz (UQAM), Alexandre Castonguay, Milan Gervais & Hubert Lafore (Human Playground) and Andréanne Abbondanza-Bergeron
Curated by Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos
On view from August 30th through October 15th, 2017