Visitors to downtown Montreal explore the festive side of public speaking with ‘Megaphone’, an interactive art installation by Moment Factory. As participants speak into Megaphone, their voices are transformed, in real time, into images projected onto the façade of a University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) building, leaving their visual “footprint” on the urban landscape.
“Megaphone, an art installation about reappropriating public space, gives everyone an opportunity to join in on the discussion.” says Moment Factory. “The speaker’s words also are transferred to a voice-recognition system specially developed for Megaphone by the Centre de recherche informatique de Montréal (CRIM). A transcription of the words is then used to enhance the visual space as well as feed the database that informs the video content being projected when the megaphone is not in use. This effectively reflects what has been said while providing an overall picture of the sound clips that have been stored.”
Megaphone was created as a mouthpiece to let Montrealers’ voices be heard. Inspired by the city’s early 20th-century history of popular assemblies as well as the 19th-century British tradition of the Speaker’s Corner, the installation gives everyone a chance to speak out and air their concerns.
“At a time when cities are looking for new ways to bring life to their streets and public spaces, the interactive Mégaphone installation invites Montrealers and visitors to gather downtown to explore the festive side of public speaking.” Megaphone will occupy the Promenade des Artistes, in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles, from September 4 to November 4, 2013.