Montréal walking tall in the Big Apple


Voices in the Tunnel

Originally from Mexico, but a Montrealer for more than 20 years, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer uses interactive, digital and visual arts to create startling installations. Freedom of expression is a favourite subject, as we saw with Voice Tunnel, a large-scale piece for the Park Avenue Tunnel, in Manhattan, which was recently opened to pedestrians for the first time.

Once inside the tunnel, visitors could record a short message through an intercom. Their recordings were then looped through speakers, with the amplification triggering spotlights along the arched roof, according to the tone and volume of each voice, to produce a cascade of sound and light. (One man even used the intercom to propose to his girlfriend—the message that came back was “Yes!”) Voice Tunnel was a big hit with locals and tourists alike—a wonderful example of how Montréal talent is resonating abroad.

Next-Gen Montréal Artists at VOLTA NY

For the 2013 Armory Arts Week (New York’s annual arts fair), the boutique-exhibition VOLTA NY dazzled art lovers with a show devoted to the next generation of installation artists. In all, 6 continents, 38 nations and 95 galleries took part. Montréal was well represented by three galleries that gave their artists the chance to be seen by a new public. The partnerships included Patrick Bernatchez with Battat Contemporary, Dominique Blain with Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, and Mathieu Lévesque with Galerie Trois-Points.