A public art walk
for Montreal’s 375th
The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership announces participating KM3 artists
Previously published in WestmountMag.ca
The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership recently presented the list of artists who will participate in KM3 (“kilomètre cube”), the large-scale art walk to take place from August 30 to October 15, 2017 in celebration of Montreal’s 375th anniversary.
The event will feature over twenty original pieces in the visual arts, digital arts, design and architecture, to be displayed outdoors on building walls, in public squares and at several unconventional sites within the Quartier des Spectacles. The mix of disciplines will contribute to the event’s originality, and all works will be commissioned specifically for KM3. Whether participatory, immersive, playful, digital or contemplative, they will transform the way Montrealers and visitors see the city.
KM3 – Giving the city a human dimension
The KM3 temporary public art walk is driven by the vision of curators Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos of Daily tous les jours. Each work, in its own unique way, will seek to change the way we look at the city and experience urban space. Inspired by the theme of ‘neighbours’, the curators designed the elements linking the various artworks and installations, creating a warm, accessible site for everyone from art enthusiasts to families and general audiences. The walk will be an interesting experience whether visitors explore it in its entirety, from east to west through the Quartier, or during their daily routine.
“Through the artists and works of KM3, we want to reveal a fantastic imaginary city that could also be our regular, everyday city – accessible, beautiful, inviting, stunning. A city whose public spaces are truly shared. Public space must become a focal point in our efforts to nurture empathy, appreciate proximity and celebrate difference.”
Co-curators, Melissa Mongiat and Mouna Andraos of Daily tous les jours.
The curators are working closely with Julie Bélisle of the conservation team at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, serving as a visual arts consultant for the event, and with Guillaume Lord, associate exhibition designer.
The curators selected the thirty Quebec artists based on the quality and originality of their artistic approach, their willingness to take risks, and their sensitivity to urban life.
Bold and authentic artists
The curators selected the thirty Quebec artists based on the quality and originality of their artistic approach, their willingness to take risks, and their sensitivity to urban life. Above all, the curators sought out artists from a wide variety of backgrounds, rather than restricting themselves to artists with experience in public art.
Two of the works were selected through a competition organized by the Bureau d’art public de Montréal and will be displayed permanently in the Quartier des Spectacles. The works are Gilles Mihalcean’s Paquets de lumière, which will be installed on the Quartier des Spectacles Parterre, and Jonathan Villeneuve’s Lux Obscura, to be placed on the newly redesigned section of Émery Street in the Quartier Latin.
Quebec artists participating in KM3:
Ensemble (Jonathan Bélisle, Sylvain Dumais, Franck Desvernes, François Pallaud, Marianne Prairie)
Michel de Broin
Human Playground (Milan Gervais and Hubert Laflore)
Judith Portier, Myriam Peixeiro and Isabelle Raymond
Les Alts (Lynn Hughes, Gina Hara, Will Robinson, Eileen Holowka, Tony Higuchi)
Vincent Morisset and Caroline Robert
Chloë Lum and Yannick Desranleau
UQAM (Stéphane Pratte, Karin Vouillamoz, Anouk Bergeron)
Foreign guest artists:
Four groups of foreign artists will also be part of KM3. They are the Marshmallow Laser Feast (MLF) collective from the United Kingdom, the OPAVIVARÁ!, collective from Brazil, THE CONSTITUTE collective from Germany, and French artists Oscar Barda and Lebleu Denastas.
Through the international component of KM3, Montrealers and visitors will have the opportunity to discover urban works that make use of interactive media (THE CONSTITUTE), virtual reality (MLF), relational art (OPAVIVARÁ!) and games (Oscar Barda), from some of the world’s most interesting active artists.
KM3 is made possible with the participation of numerous partners, who will host works or act as co-producers of certain installations: the National Film Board of Canada, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Université du Québec à Montréal, the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, the Société métropolitaine de transport, Place des Arts, and Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec.
KM3 is an initiative of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, and one of the Quebec government’s gifts to Montreal on the occasion of its 375th anniversary. The event is made possible by the financial support of, among others, the government of Quebec and the Ville de Montréal, within the framework of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.
Images: Jocelyn Michel – Consulat