An immersive light, sound and visual art show inside a dome has taken over Montreal’s Society for Arts and Technology (SAT). To use scientific language to describe the event, we’d say it’s totally trippy.
The SAT has launched its international SAT Circuit, a selection of immersive works around the themes of movement and hybridity.
Trajectories, positions, distances, scales and speed are all interwoven in a show with music, fusing audiovisual and “infinite tridimensional space” in a complex and dynamic ecosystem.
This program is hosting more than a hundred works in its collection, among which a few that have already been garnered a reputation on the international scale.
SAT Circuit uses a digital “fulldome,” a mode of expression that projects video projection in an enclosed environment. The dome is filled with real-time and/or pre-rendered computer animations, live images and composited environments.
The fulldome projections occur in the SAT’s Satosphère, a pioneer in the immersive entertainment field that was the first of its kind, opened in 2011. The dome is 18 metres in diameter, 13 m high, has 8 projectors and 157 speakers. It forms a 360-degree spherical projection screen and can host up to 350 visitors at a time.The SAT Circuit showcases Canadian creators who have distinguished themselves in the creative process, with original and significant works.
The following shows are headling the SAT’s Circuit International Tour:
“Interpolate incorporates live coding and generative processes to create an experience where visuals control audio, and audio controls visuals. Minimal generative 3D geometry and particle systems take the audience through the music, conveying the physicality of the sound while mapping out the emotional landscape of the melodies.”
Entropia is an immersive audiovisual performance exploring spatial interaction between sound, physical light and 360° visuals. It aims to create an immersive scape made of interconnected layers of media. Based on an audio reactive geodesic LED-filled sphere that keeps a constant interaction with immersive visual projection, and is synchronized to the sound. A sound artist stands inside the sphere while the visual team performs real-time pixels mapping to generate the visuals.
“Written as an immersive audio visual album, each track takes a unique look at the concept of an orbit. Both the music and film elements will explore rhythm, period and cycle through many different avenues, from the regular and repeating path of an orbit to the complex interactions of many bodies influencing each other. The live performance integrate synth driven electronica with a string quartet using multi-point surround sound to create an extremely rich immersive experience.”
When: From now until December 12
Time: Various times
Where: 1201, Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Price: $17 – $40, available online