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Simulation /

  • Event
  • Nuit blanche à Montréal
  • Music
  • Public Art
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PHI Centre 315 Saint-Paul St West
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2M3

Doors: 9 pm

18 +

Free admission

Video: Didier Pigeon-Perreault
Photos: Arthur Gauthier

A participatory art installation presented as part of the 17th edition of the Nuit blanche à Montréal

What makes us faster doesn’t make us stronger.

Simulation/Acceleration is a scenic and interactive representation of the infinite cycle of hyperconnectivity, leading to hyperconsumption, and vice versa. Fueled by digital sovereignty and the fear of missing out, our contemporary system accelerates consumption at an exponential rate.

An interactive reflection for the visitor to partake in, over various venues in the Phi Centre. A multi-sensory experience blending digital art, augmented reality, physical objects and green-screen projections. A team of actors wearing digital green suits (Roxane Azzaria, Jobel Simo-Paris, Dorianne Lens-Pitt, Julie Boissonneault, Laurent Simard, Parfaite Ségolène Moussouanga, Elodie Bégin, Pauline Benguigui), interacting with the visitor, embodies this great epic of contemporary frenzy.

This is the snake biting its own tail. Just like Internet and digital platforms offer us a simulation of real life through screens, here is a real-life recreation of it. See and be seen, and see oneself be seen. Act and undergo. Through this immersive tableau, one witnesses the dissolution of the frontiers separating acts and consequences. A ballet through which spectators and performers swap roles. When reflection leads to action.


Life on green screen

Phi intends to explore and observe the zeitgeist of our third millennium. The unresolvable entanglement of planetary hyperconnectivity, digital capitalism, and environmental degradation generated by collective human activities. The venues will transform into an immersive, green-on-green, chroma studio environment. Encompassed with pre-installed giant screen displays participant activities will be captured and broadcast simultaneously within the compound. The footage will then be chroma-keyed, derived, through the magic of props and green-screen techniques. What is behind the scenes became what should be seen: an absurd paradoxical play based on life inside a simulation, also a representation of how collective human activities will accelerate the true environmental and human cost.

DJ Line-Up

(9:30 PM-10:30 PM) Juju Le Moko: This DJ’s style is a blend between electronic rave sounds, Afro Caribbean grooves mixed with 808 cadence.

(10:30 PM-11:30 PM) Sies Marlan: The music project of Anne Bertrand, a Montreal-based DJ whose sets are marked by hypnotic house infused with sustained trance loops.

(11:30 PM-12:30 AM) Zandoli II: This multidisciplinary duo based in Tiohtiá: ke (“Montreal”) is composed of Tonton Osman & G L O W Z I. They mix coupé-décalé, afro house, Broken Beat and several other musical genres in order to serve a spicy, funky and well-seasoned musical cocktail to their audiences.

(12:30 AM- 1:30 AM) DJ NDN: Ian Campeau is one of the pioneers of Indigenous electronic music genre Electric Powwow, or Powwow-Step. One of the co-founders & former member of the Juno Award winning and two time Polaris-award nominated band A Tribe Called Red (ATCR), he has toured globally at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Afropunk, and Glastonbury. Through a powerful combination of art and activism, Campeau uses his notoriety to draw attention to issues of racism, gender-based violence, stigmas of mental health, and other forms of oppression. He is Ojibwe, Anishinaabe from the Nipissing First Nation.

Visuals by VJ Vini Vici

Green on green - Fashion performance

Green on green is a fashion presentation by Milan Tanedjikov, teacher at College Lasalle and founder of Lignes de fuite: a mentoring program for recent fashion and design graduates. This performance intervention uses satire and abstraction to comment on the absurd status of the fashion industry’s overproduction and overconsumption in this connected world.

Creative direction and production: Milan Tanedjikov
Art direction and styling: Scarlet Dahye Lee (@scarletmeditates), Alexandre Simard (@alexanclre), Omar Antabli and Marianne Déry
Backstage coordination: Sydney Dionne and Geneviève Deland (@z.est.e)
Hair and makeup: Nève Chamberlain (@nevekerry) and Cyril Beynet (@cyrilbeynet)
Clothing: Vicki Lamontagne, Véronique Jean, Olivier Desrocher, Shairda and Lorna Theodora Cantalare
Shoes: Geneviève Deland (@z.est.e), Sydney Dionne (@sydney.dionne), Jiayu Jiang (@99.bpm), Sabrina Launière (@uunpeusauvage), Yang zhiJie (@jerefaty), Omar Antabli and Marianne Déry in collaboration with Emile Racine
Models: Éloïse Simard, Gabrielle Colpron, Joephillip Lafortune, Khaled Antably, Mael Bourbonnais and Yvonne Léa
Photography: Yuefeng Jiang

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