Lüz Studio, a Montreal-based company specialized in lighting, production and video design was awarded the Luminothérapie prize for a video projection production.
Luminothérapie is celebrating its fifth year in Montreal. Every winter, in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles, Luminothérapie offers a light and sound experience to pedestrians making their way alongside illuminated works of art. Seeking to offer Montrealers an original and interactive winter experience, Lüz Studio created one of their most ambitious projects of the year: Fascinoscope.
The design team recreated an early 20th century carnival atmosphere by staging a unique imaginary world through visual effects, revolving around 8 projections throughout the Quartier
des Spectacles where each building is transformed into a carnival stand, with acrobats, carrousels and magicians. Outside the Saint-Laurent metro station, the work’s focal point, you are invited to play four interactive games inspired by carnival classics. Players will control the games with four pear balls fitted with sensors that measure their rotation and speed. By hitting the balls, you will interact with the projection and score points to try to win the game. It was Fascinoscope’s interactive component that charmed the jury. Through a unique technology developed by Lüz, the interactive booth at St-Laurent Metro station allowed passersby to play games inspired by traditional midway classics.
The project brought about many challenges on both the technical and conceptual levels. Technically, the installation requirements for the interactive stations required extensive planning. Located outside for two months during the winter in the vicinity of a busy metro station, the interactive stations had to be designed to sustain the most rigorous weather condition
s and continuous use, combining both sturdiness and functionality. Conceptually, the main challenge was to develop a cohesive aesthetic that combined the architectural videoprojections and the interactive games. A bygone circus era was our inspiration, enchanting young and old, thereby eliminating the need for a complex narrative. The games had to be easy to understand and the interaction between the balls and the videoprojection had to be intuitive. Our goal was to spark the interest of passersby and captivate them enough to stay and play a few games.
Through Fascinoscope, Lüz has taken the art of video projection to the next level. By making urban art more accessible to all, Lüz gave pedestrians an opportunity to enjoy themselves and forget about the gloom of winter and the early fall of darkness.
Fascinoscope invited Montrealers to gather around interactive art. Living up to the exhibit’s name, each booth created by Lüz Studio fascinated both young and old with the images passing before their eyes. Thanks to the soundtracks created by XS La petite boîte à musique, these urban fair stands called out to all. Lüz Studio has definitely emerged at the forefront of creativity in urban works and digital art.
Production: Lüz Studio & Le Partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles
Director: Matthieu Larivée
Production Director: Ian Dubois
Project Leader: François Godard
Multimedia Director: Sébastien Deschênes, Sébastien Lépine
Designers: Emilie Fortier, Jonas Libon
Music: XS Music
16 Chauvet COLORado 1-Tri IP LED
14 Lumenpulse Lumenfacade LED
4 ETC 575W Source Four PARs
MA Lighting grandMA2 console
5 Christie Digital Roadster S+20Ks projectors
13 Christie Digital Roadster S+22K-Js projectors
6 Christie Digital Roadster HD18Ks projectors
2 Christie Digital Roadster 16K-S projectors