Martin Laviolette |  Techno “Project Maker”

Every year, the International Symposium on Electronic Arts brings together thousands of people from dozens of countries. This is an inevitable event for digital art enthusiasts and creators. This year is happening in Barcelona. And this is the main event of the 27the The version will be the project of a sketch Memory City, Produced by artists Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon, H2Emotion. In short, the talent and expertise of Montreal will be on display every night, from June 14th to 16th, in this wonderful city.

Released at 7:15 p.m.

The selected painting is the one most commonly displayed on the large wall of the Montreal Court. Lasting 35 minutes, it inspires Amerindian presence, French rule, and British conquest complete with contemporary Montreal.

In Barcelona, ​​it will be planned in front of the Sant Pau de la Recinte Modernista Hospital, a magnificent building from the early 20th century.e It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Century and is not far from the Sacramento Familia. It is also one of the most visited places in the capital of Catalonia.

Before he left for Spain with Michel Lemieux (tests were done over the weekend), I wanted to meet Martin Laviolet. Memory City. With its 200 projectors, this local project is the longest video projection course in the world.

Coming from a social background Martin Laviolet is a pure Montreal. Originally from Montreal North, he was one of the first street workers to join the Rue Action Prévention Jeunesse organization. This high-speed (he was already a junior hockey player in Europe) then founded Festi Blues in 1997, during which he ruled for 19 years.

I consider myself a project maker. If someone entrusts me with something, I want to see it.

Martin Laviolet, producer Memory City

While working as a community development consultant in the metropolitan area of ​​Ahansic-Cartierville by the city of Montreal, he was told about the plan for the “Festival of History”. We are in 2006. He picks up the ball in the jump.

“I thought long and hard about what it would be like and came up with this phrase: ‘A historical event in a contemporary corpus’. It was blurry, but I had a direction.

Armed with this sentence, he invites Michael Lemieux and Victor Pylon to an evening of steak fries in Saint-Denis. “During the meal, someone said: ‘The walls are talking to us’, Martin Laviolet recalled. There was a click. I want to see the spark ignite and explode.

Technical art with some secrets to Lemieux and Pilon takes the form of song line paintings that tell blind walls or some parts of our history on the floor.

Once the concept was established, playwright Michael Mark Bouchard was recruited. The team goes to work. Developed by NPO H2Emotion. In 2016, 375 a year agoe To mark the anniversary of Montreal, 19 paintings were published in Old Montreal. Today, there are 28.

To date, the project has attracted no less than $ 28 million, attracting the interest of many cities around the world. “Only 12 to 18% of the money we receive comes from grants,” says Martin Laviolet. We cannot say that we are robbers of public money. ⁇

Martin Laviolet cheats on many projects. He recently unveiled an interactive site project in the metropolis of Pointe-aux-Trembles. Presented at Place du Village-de-la-Pointe-aux-Trembles, this painting was first presented in the eastern tip of Montreal.

Photo by Victor D. Lamich, provided by H2Emotion

H2Emotion recently unveiled an interactive site project in Pointe-aux-Trembles.

Courses with five schedules will soon be developed in other cities in Quebec. Details will be revealed soon. In addition, a fascinating augmented reality project INSITUCreated by Michel Lemieux, it will be available to the public and tourists from August.

After enjoying it first with its creator I can tell you that the result is absolutely stunning.

Later this project called Espace Saint-Denis is in development. It will occupy 3,500 square feet of space in the Cinema du Quartier Latin building. Montreal will have eight themed rooms that combine artificial intelligence, metawares and predictions.

“I agree, I’m ambitious,” says Martin Laviolet. “I’m also convinced.

There are a lot of talented creators in Quebec, but I told Martin Laviolet myself that we need more “project makers” like him. Artists need them. And U.S.

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