Cover photo for A colosal Wave!

Marshmallow Laser Feast


Quartier des Spectacles: August 30 - October 15, 2017

Phi Centre: August 30 - October 8, 2017

The United Kingdom is proud to gift an interactive digital sculpture to the City of Montréal to honour the city’s 375th Anniversary. The piece, entitled A Colossal Wave, celebrates the creativity, innovation and vitality of the city and its links with the UK, and encourages visitors to experience urban space differently. A Colossal Wave will be presented in the Quartier des spectacles Montréal as part of KM³, the city’s newest outdoor temporary public art event, as well as at the Phi Centre, as part of the exhibition Lucid Realities.

The interactive sculpture is collaboratively developed and produced through a creative residency led by London-based design studio and collective Marshmallow Laser Feast to honour the creativity, innovation and vitality of Montreal’s digital sector. Marshmallow Laser Feast is developing A Colossal Wave with leading artists and creative technologists from Montreal and the UK, including DPT. (Montreal), Presstube (Montreal), and Headspace Studio (Montreal). A Colossal Wave will journey to the city of Hull in the UK in December as part of the British Council’s partnership with Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

“A Colossal Wave is an immersive and intimate VR experience which will encourage people to see Montreal’s vibrant and innovative urban spaces in a new light and highlight the city’s contribution to the digital era” said Mariya Afzal, Country Director of British Council Canada. “Our collaborative philosophy has been supported by the GREAT British Campaign, and the work we do together helps build greater connections between Canada and the UK.”

“It’s a pleasure for the United Kingdom to celebrate Montreal’s 375th anniversary. At this landmark celebration, we wanted to showcase the creativity of Montreal and the UK whilst looking to the future. The first edition of KM³ will be an amazing event and the addition of this interactive sculpture will demonstrate our enduring partnership” said Nick Baker, British Consul General in Montreal.

“The City of Montreal is honoured to receive this gift from the United Kingdom,” says Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal. “We believe this interactive sculpture will bring together locals and visitors, alike, in the spirit of cooperation and connection that reflects our longstanding history with the United Kingdom.”

“We are incredibly excited to host this collaborative work, which has brought together several talented artists from the UK and Quebec,” says Pierre Fortin, Executive Director, Quartier des Spectacles Montreal. “This innovative digital sculpture will enrich our event and delight Montreal audiences. That’s exciting for everyone involved.”

KM³ (Kilomètre Cube)

The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership presents a large-scale art walk, from August 30 to October 15, 2017. The event features more than 20 original pieces and permanent art work, 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 majority of the works will be created specifically for KM³. Whether participatory, immersive, playful, digital or contemplative, they will transform the way Montrealers and visitors see the city. KM³ is 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.

Sensory Stories

The third instalment of the Sensory Stories immersive exhibition, curated by Phi and Future of StoryTelling (FoST), Lucid Realities, invites visitors to navigate previously unknowable worlds. Step inside dreams, nightmares, fantasies, and recollections such as walking in space, inhabiting another person’s body, flying like a bird, or exploring secret locations. Being transported to past, current, and imagined realities using immersive technologies, and being exposed to people and situations that are typically inaccessible to us, elicits more visceral and emotional reactions.

A Colossal Wave is co-commissioned by the British Council, in partnership with Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles and Hull UK City of Culture 2017, with additional support from the GREAT Britain campaign, Canadian High Commission, Phi Centre & the BFI Vision Awards.