ICEBERG in Brussels
INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS DESIGN
QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES MONTRÉAL
BRUSSELS MAJOR EVENTS
INSTALLATION DESIGNED AND PRODUCED WITH THE SUPPORT OF PARTENARIAT DU QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES
A playful sound and light immersive work that tells the story of an iceberg and brings winter downtown Brussels, Belgium, at Place de la Monnaie
Installation presented during the Winter Wonders event produced by the city of Brussels, Belgium during Winter 2013-2014
The seasons aren’t what they used to be, the earth’s climate has gone off course. Climate change is transforming how we relate to our world, how we live, even how we experience the city.
What will the winter of 2014 in Brussels be like? Snowy, cloudy, rainy?
No one can predict, but ATOMIC3 and Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership will make an arctic wind blow over the city with Iceberg,
an interactive, architectural, light and sound installation that brings winter right into the heart of the city.
On Place de la Monnaie, from north
to south, the installation will follow the journey of an iceberg, from its birth in Arctic waters to its melting off the southern coast. It will feature three “skeletons” representing the Iceberg at three different stages in its life. Three life stages: four different shapes and sizes, three illuminated spaces, and above all, three distinct soundscapes.
Centuries old and shaped by time and the elements, icebergs make distinctive sounds. As water enters their cracks and crevasses, they resonate like giant pipe organs, the tones modulating and evolving as these monuments of ice slowly melt.
Inspired by that massive instrument, Iceberg is a series of illuminated metal arches that produce distinctive sounds. The arches form a tunnel inviting visitors to enter, listen, and play this giant organ, where notes and light travel up and down musical passageways.
As visitors explore the arches, motion sensors inside detect their movements, triggering changes to the lighting and sounds and bringing the iceberg to life. Whether alone or in a group, walking underneath an arch or standing in front of one, each visitor “warms up” the iceberg, transforming its northern essence into a symphony for both the ears and the eyes.
The size and shape of the structures call to mind a floating glacier, as it moves through the water and melts. Similarly, the different soundscapes provide their own accompaniment to the iceberg’s gradual drift southward. In the north, visitors’ movements trigger sounds from nature, but as they move through the installation, the sounds become richer and more harmonious. As the iceberg glides south, nearer to inhabited coastlines, music emerges brought on by human activity.
Visitors whom, in their innocent play, warm up these ice monsters, barometer warnings of global climate changes to come.
Iceberg is a winner of Luminothérapie 2012, an event organized by
Montreal Quartier des Spectacles partnership featuring interactive light installations encouraging visitors to embrace winter. Iceberg was presented at Place des Festivals and Esplanade de la Place des Arts in Montreal from December 6, 2012 through February 4, 2013.
Artistic direction and production:
ATOMIC3 – Félix Dagenais, Louis-Xavier Gagnon-Lebrun
Architectural design: Appareil Architecture
Lighting design: ATOMIC3
Sound design: Jean-Sébastien Côté
Interactive system design: Philippe Jean
ATOMIC3 - QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES - BRUSSELS MAJOR EVENTS
Winner of the 2012 Light Therapy competition, Iceberg was designed and produced with the support of Montreal Quartier des Spectacles Partnership.