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Montreal Is Lit, Thanks to Generative Graphic Projections

Iregular's new projections are just as cool as abstract visuals as they are as interactive art.
Iregular’s projection on the Cégep du Vieux in Montréal. Images courtesy the artists

You’d be hard-pressed to find a city that supports as much public art as Montréal—the city even has its own Public Art Bureau. Design studio Iregular are the latest artists to use the Canadian cityscape as canvas, with their new project BALANCE, a series of five videos that were projected on buildings throughout the Quartier des Spectacles as part of the project Luminothérapie.

“This project was done for 5 different buildings in Montreal, and is all done by code,” Iregular tells The Creator’s Project. “To sync to the music we developed a system that allowed us to ‘score’ events with the music, and that allowed us to be very precise in the visualization.”


The Saint-Jacques Cathedral lit up in blue

Each video is personalized to the building it was projected on, using the concept of 'balance' as a jumping-off point. Watching the projections on the buildings is mesmerizing—the projections perfectly utillize the architecture to enhance their visuals, whether on the 19th-century Saint-Jacques Cathedral, or the Mon Oncle-esque building of the Cégep du Vieux Montréal.

The generative graphics, which only use shades of blue, black, and white, were designed and coded by Iregular’s Daniel Iregui, visualizing music by Toronto-based composer Mitchell Akiyama.

Watch a video of the projections below:

BALANCE – Luminothérapie 2016 from Iregular on Vimeo.

Check out Iregular on Vimeo to see the individual video artworks.


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