Fonderie Darling welcomes SPHERE(S) Lab for a residency to develop its first digital project.
SPHERE(S) is planning a new type of international contemporary art event. It will take in the whole Greater Montreal region, investing itself in different territories and collaborating with different living environments. This approach represents a turning point in the way the region is invested artistically and culturally.
REVISITING "LA CANCHA" IN AR
La cancha is being developed in augmented reality (AR) and will soon be accessible with an app downloaded onto your cell phone. SPHERE(S) aims to examine, through contemporary projects, the traces of the collective and individual imaginary of immigrant communities on the territory. La cancha was an annual parade staged by Guatemalans, attached to their social club, El Club Tikal Guatemala, located on Rachel Street in the 1970s. Users will be able to revisit the main parade sites, following the original route of the event in the neighborhood adjacent to Parc Jeanne-Mance. Initiated in 2023, this innovative lab will give voice to this part of our shared history, while exploring the cutting edge of multimedia technologies. The project is led by Romeo Gongora, Colas Wohlfarht, Jon Yu and Chantal Pontbriand.
A laboratory for discussion and experimentation will take place as part of Place Publique at Fonderie Darling on August 31 at 5 pm. Following a presentation of the project, participants will be able to try out the app and capture the micro-narratives behind the experience.
Secondly, from September 28 to October 4, Projet Casa will host a week-long exhibition and live events to launch the app to the general public. The exhibition will feature two main elements: augmented reality scenes associated with Guatemala's Tikal Social Club, accompanied by audio testimonials, and Guatemalan artifacts such as handicrafts and a marimba. There will also be a dance performance, marimba music, a tortilla-making workshop and an ideas laboratory.
This moment will signal the launch of the app in the public space, and the perennial possibility for users to revisit the Guatemalan parade route in the neighborhood adjacent to Parc Jeanne-Mance.
SPHÈRE(S) is a project launched in 2017 by Chantal Pontbriand, curator, museologist and writer. It gave rise in 2021 to SPHERE(S) LAB as a sub-project focused on experimentation and development. The group assembled for this specific project includes: Romeo Gongora, an artist who has been working for some time on the history of Guatemalans here in a collective and participatory way see Colas Wohlfahrt, interactive director, and Chantal Pontbriand. Jon Yu (Mythologi) joined the group as technical director and creator of the Elysium app. René Lara, a director active in the social club, acts as consultant and participant. This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.