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“Domino Effect” Charges with Positive

>“Domino Effect” Charges with Positive

Light and musical installation “domino effect” brightening up Place des Festivals this winter in Montreal. As part of the novel winter experience provided by Luminothérapie, domino effect consists of 120 dominos distributed across several stations. Size of one domino: 390 × 775 × 80 mm, weight – 7 lbs, material – plastic. Dominos are designed to be as light as possible while remaining durable to allow for optimal handling. Dominos have a pivot so that they can fall over or remain standing up.

The public is invited to play with sets of 10 giant, brightly coloured dominos in different ways, creating a wide range of sound and lighting effects. Every set features a different sound profile (vocals, percussion, marimba, balafon, flute, so on), and when players topple the dominos in a long cascade, the resulting multi-coloured domino orchestra plays a unique musical work in a colorful and luminous bow of pastel hues! 

Ingrid Ingrid delivers a fun and entertaining experience that brings people together and fosters a spirit of cooperation. Players can join forces to set up the dominos faster and trigger the next cascade or nudge them in the opposite direction to reverse the sound sequence. And since each domino makes its own unique sound, visitors can even play DJ by “scratching” a domino, spinning it at different speeds or drumming on it with their fingers.

The installation is rounded out by an architectural projection on UQAM’s Pavillon Président-Kennedy, created by Nouvelle Administration. The projection borrows the installation’s colourful hues and pairs that graphic language with visuals that reference the world of dominos. Space, sonority and colour are at the centre of this exploration, where the chain reactions and original decomposition of the dominoes are caused by sound. The projection’s graphical world is a visual transposition of the music, inspired by the sounds of the domino stations. The vibrant hues and dynamic animations contrast with the whiteness of winter, while the black dot, a reference to classic dominos, attaches itself to the images. 

Geneviève Levasseur, creative director, Ingrid Ingrid, says: “With its vintage tropical colours, the interactive and collaborative domino effect experience makes for a positive, energizing outing. With this project, we wanted to celebrate public and physical space as a place for get-togethers and surprises – the kind of place where it’s fun to play and relax. The domino effect is our impact on each other, the contagiousness of happiness, the idea that we can accomplish extraordinary things when we get together. Come join us and forget the winter gloom!”

Installation “domino effect” by Ingrid Ingrid was the winner of the 9th edition of Luminothérapie – the largest event in the field of public art. Its organizers every winter present a unique interactive light installation, created using digital technology, in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal. 

The program of cultural events with the support of the city administration is developed by the non-profit organization Quartier des spectacles Partnership, founded in 2003. It is responsible for animating the Quartier des spectacles by programming cultural activities, managing and animating public spaces, providing distinctive illumination and promoting the Quartier as a must-visit cultural destination. 

The Quartier hosts innovative urban installations featuring cutting-edge lighting design, immersive environments and interactive digital spaces. Year round, the Quartier presents artistic video projections on building façades. The Quartier des Spectacles is also a showcase for new multimedia technology, making Montreal a global leader in the urban exhibition of digital content.

Luminothérapie, domino effect, by Ingrid Ingrid,
a production of Quartier des spectacles Partnership,
photo: Nicolas Gouin – l’Hibou