The interactive world of LÚA, is presented as part of the “Nuit blanche du Festival de MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE 2013”. It is set in the center of the “Place Pasteur”, facing the “Clocher de l’UQAM” on Saint-Denis Street. Visitors are greeted in a friendly and mysterious place. Flames, twinkling constellations, as well as bright trees are to be expected. In this single atmosphere, the public is invited to create an artificial lantern, using their smartphone. Once completed, it is displayed on the facade of the church where it interweaves the lanterns of the other participants.
Projected on “Clocher de l’UQAM” is a world exploring the visual possibilities of paper: a world where the souls of each light rise from the darkness, conquer seas, forests, villages and snow storms, and where their unique voices are combined in a collective composition. Dynamically sowing dreams and echoes, the participant contributes to a poetic chorus, the visuals and sounds emerging through his chemistry with others. On March 2nd 2013, differences are united and celebrated on a journey where time stops and where the gathering of people dominates the windy cold of Montreal.
LÚA wants to bring the individual and collective experiences together during an interactive night.
LÚA is an interactive installation presented as part of the “Nuit blanche à Montréal" 2013 edition. The project is a collaborative effort between the “Quartier des Spectacles” and the UQAM Interactive Media Communications program. LÚA revives the UQAM bell tower through a poetic projection, providing people a relaxing environment. First, participants are invited to create a virtual lantern, choosing the color and shape, through the use of their smartphone. When satisfied with the result, they send their creation up to the sky, as if launching a real paper lantern. The image vanishes from the phone's screen to reappear on the facade of the church, as part of a collective work of art.
First, participants are invited to create a virtual lantern, choosing the color and shape, through the use of their smartphone. When satisfied with the result, they send their creation up to the sky, as if launching a real paper lantern. The image vanishes from the phone's screen to reappear on the façade of the church, as part of a collective work of art.
With its inconsistent contour the “Clocher de l’UQAM” is an interesting, yet complex vertical projection screen. Its unpredictable variations constrain lanterns to move around the environment in a specific way. They bounce off the borders while rising to the sky.
Accelerometer vibration data from the user's phone allows one to control the strength of his lantern flame, affecting its rate of speed. One can also change the visual/sound pulses from his lantern to modify the collective piece audible from the Place Pasteur. When lanterns accidentally collide, they gently repulse each other. On the other hand, if participants arrange for their lanterns to meet, their little pieces of art burst into flames and dying embers slowly settle down on the architecture of the church, revealing its details and forms.
Place Pasteur is a gathering place illuminated with lanterns, lights, projectors and various light sources, recalling the projection on the “Clocher de l’UQAM”. After sending off their lantern, viewers are welcomed to enjoy LÚA from Place Pasteur. A fireplace is set in the center to warm people who have come to watch and participate collectively. The important thing is to extend the experience and to attract those who have not yet participated to the project.