Lateral Office and CS Design. Produced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal, Canada
Location: Old Market Square
Medium: interactive seesaws, light, sound, people
Date: Nuit Blanche, Sep 29 - Oct 3, 2018
Come play with us...
For Nuit Blanche 2018, the Winnipeg Arts Council presented Impulse, a family-friendly publicly activated light and sound experience made up of a series of illuminated seesaws. When put into motion by people the seesaws form units of light and sound to create an ever-changing composition powered by play. Impulse is an urban instrument where the public gets to be the the musicians and artists. By playing on the seesaws, you create a dynamic light and sound wave giving a pulse to Old Market Square.
The installation was inspired by the iconic cover of the Joy Division album “Unknown Pleasures”, as well as Steve Reich’s serial, minimal music, which plays with repetition, rhythm and syncopation. It explores how architecture can visualize sound. Impulse embodies ideas of serialism, repetition, and variation to produce zones of intensity and calm within a public space.
Impulse is a creation by Lateral Office and CS Design, in collaboration with EGP Group, with sound design by Mitchell Akiyama, Mechanical design and fabrication by Generique Design, and Electronic design and fabrication by Robocut Studio.
Founded in 2003 by Lola Sheppard and Mason White, Lateral Office is a Toronto-based experimental design firm that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape architecture and urbanism. The studio sees architecture as a response to complex, urgent questions in the built environment, engaging in the wider context and climate of a project – social, ecological or political. The firm’s recent work and research focuses on powerful design relationships between the public realm, infrastructure and the environment.
CS Design was founded in 2008 by Conor Sampson. A wide array of architecture, landscape architecture and engineering firms have hired the firm to design lighting for parks, heritage buildings, monuments and artworks. CS Design’s areas of expertise include electric lighting and programmable control specification, custom fixture design, daylighting in buildings and public spaces, and energy efficiency.
Egli Gallaccio Palanca is a Montreal-based consulting engineering firm. Thomas Egli is a civil engineer and president of Groupe EGP. He has worked on numerous large-scale projects and is a professor of civil engineering at McGill University.
Mitchell Akiyama is a Toronto-based composer, artist and scholar. He has released over ten records on such labels as Raster Noton, Sub Rosa and Alien8, in addition
to works on his own imprint, Intr.version Records. He has scored numerous films and dance performances. Akiyama has received commissions from, among others,
the Akousma Festivals and the Nouvel Orchestre D’aujourd’hui. He has performed across Europe, Japan, Australia and North America in concert halls, clubs, art galleries, fallout bunkers and festivals including Sonar, Mutek and Send + Receive.