Sébastien Pierre & Daniel Canty CA

PRESENTATIONS: Interactive art in the public space: the Common Space? project
October 03, 2015, 12:00 - 14:00
Speaker: 12:00 - 14:00

Based in Montréal, Sébastien Pierre is a software engineer, designer and co-founder of FFunction, an organization specializing in information design. While studying design at the University of Strasbourg, Sébastien used his programming experience to create interactive visualizations of his Delicious.com data and became fascinated by the different ways in which information can be represented. He later founded FFunction to help make data visualization a useful tool for companies and organizations, thereby allowing them to better understand their environment and improve their communications. Sébastien is actively involved in open-source at the local community level, developing new ways of using data to improve society and prevent political corruption.

Daniel Canty is a writer and film director. His work flows freely between literature and publishing, film and theatre, visual and media arts and design. Among others, he is the author of the story, Les États-Unis du vent (2014), the novel, Wigrum (2011) and the essay, Êtres Artificiels (1997). Daniel is also the “book director” of the trilogy La table des matières, along with many other works. His career was marked by the emergence of electronic media at the end of last century, during which time he lead the web adaptation of Alan Lightman’s fictional collage of stories, Einstein’s Dreams (DNA, 1999). Daniel then followed up with installations, exhibitions and directed numerous books. The geopoetic atlas, VVV – Une trilogie d’odyssées transfrontières, created in collaboration with Patrick Beaulieu, will be published in October. Daniel was awarded a residency at the Québec Studio in London in 2014.

Les îles invisibles

Sébastien Pierre and Daniel Canty (Canada) / Departs from the St. Laurent metro station

Les îles invisibles is an interactive tour of the public space—and an invitation to rediscover Montréal. At times, the tour feels like a puzzle; at others, a quest. Using their smart phone as a compass, participants must decode 72 fragments of a story hidden in 16 sites at the Quartier des spectacles to reconstruct the past, present... and future. A network of connected off-line terminals are scattered throughout the tour, along with secret places where people can leave their mark on the surface of this changing area. Navigating the tour is facilitated by a map of the area and a series of symbols for reaching each site. Upon arriving at a new site, explorers will find number codes on the ground, each one revealing yet another fragment of the story.

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