Montreal, September 28, 2017 – HUMANORIUM – The strange carnival created by EXMURO arts publics, will take over Les Jardins Gamelin from October 5 to 15. The festive gathering is part of the participatory public art event KM3 (kilomètre cube), an initiative of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and part of the official programming of Montreal’s 375th anniversary. Visitors will discover a mysterious and weird carnival concocted by contemporary artists – a unique artistic and sensory experience.
With its tents, trailers, carousel and shooting gallery, HUMANORIUM is reminiscent of 19th and 20th century fairs, but in this case the attractions were created by artists. After a spin on the shopping-cart carousel, explore cabinets of curiosities brimming with collections, sculptures, photographs and soundscapes. And don’t miss the terrifying Musée de la mort (museum of death). Part travelling exhibition and part freak show, this is a carnival you won’t want to miss!
This travelling art exhibition features pieces by a dozen visual and multidisciplinary artists who use their work to question the nature and meaning of existence as a human being. Before stopping in several Canadian cities, the bizarre carnival that is HUMANORIUM, curated by Ève Cadieux and Vincent Roy, will arrive in Montreal with three new works joining the show. The project was first presented in 2016 at the Parc du Musée in Quebec City.
Le Carrousel, BGL (Quebec, CA)
Le Musée de la mort, Jack Burman (Toronto, CA)
Le Freak show, Joan Fontcuberta (Barcelone, SP)
La Chambre des curiosités 1, Dgino Cantin (Quebec, CA)
La Chambre des curiosités 2, Louis Fortier (Montreal, CA)
Le Petit acousmonium, Érick d’Orion (Montreal, CA)
Zoltar le cadavre exquis, Théâtre Rude Ingénierie (Quebec, CA)
Le Stand de tir, Marc Séguin (Montreal, CA)
Sirenomena, Dgino Cantin (Quebec, CA)
La Machine à vue / Ka Masinacteparik, Eruoma Awashish et Nicolas Lévesque (Roberval / Saguenay, CA)
The snack bar in Les Jardins Gamelin will serve up classic carnival fare. The band Oktopus will kick off HUMANORIUM at the official opening on October 5 at 5:30 p.m. The four-piece band plays instrumentals with Eastern European roots, transformed through wild arrangements. They will play Les Jardins Gamelin weekdays at 5 and 7 p.m. and weekends at 2 to 4 p.m. DJ Touski will also be performing at the opening as well as providing a soundtrack inspired by Balkans music, which would be heard during HUMANORIUM.
Mon. through Fri.: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sat. and Sun.: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
*Sun. Oct. 15: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jardins Gamelin, place Émilie-Gamelin
EXMURO arts publics est un organisme à but non lucratif qui a pour mandat la diffusion et la promotion de projets artistiques pluridisciplinaires dans l’espace public urbain. Basé à Québec, il a été fondé en 2007 par Vincent Roy. Depuis 10 ans, l’organisme a conçu et coordonné plus de 20 projets artistiques dans l’espace public urbain. Parmi ceux-ci, Passages Insolites, un événement majeur en art public à Québec qui regroupe annuellement plus d’une dizaine d’artistes et de collectifs en architecture. EXMURO contribue à faire rayonner l’art et à affirmer son rôle essentiel dans la société.
KM3 (kilomètre cube) opens new perspectives on the city through today’s most innovative public art. From the Quartier des Spectacles’ iconic squares to some of its most unusual places, this art walk features more than 20 immersive, participatory and contemplative public artworks that renew our vision of the urban fabric and the people we share it with.
KM3 is an initiative of the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and is one of the government of Quebec’s gifts to Montreal on the occasion of its 375th anniversary. The event is made possible by the financial support of, among others, the government of Quebec and the Ville de Montréal within the framework of the Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal.
More information: km3artpublic.com.
The Quartier des Spectacles is Montreal’s cultural heart, boasting North America’s most concentrated and diverse group of cultural venues. The district is the year-round host to countless festivals and events, many of which include free outdoor shows and activities. The Quartier hosts innovative urban installations involving cutting-edge lighting design, immersive environments or interactive digital spaces. Year round, the Quartier presents artistic video projections on several building façades. The Quartier des Spectacles is a showcase for new multimedia technology, making Montreal a global leader in the urban exhibition of digital content.
The Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, founded in 2003, is a non-profit organization with more than 60 members active in the district. It is responsible for animating the Quartier des Spectacles by programming cultural activities, managing and animating public spaces, providing distinctive illumination, and promoting the Quartier as a must-visit cultural destination. The Partnership is supported by the Ville de Montréal and the Secrétariat à la région métropolitaine of the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire.
For more information, visit quartierdesspectacles.com.
The Society for the Celebration of Montréal’s 375th Anniversary is a non-profit organization whose mission is to organize the celebrations and socioeconomic contributions that will mark Montréal’s 375th anniversary in 2017. With a focus on promoting Montréal expertise, it acts as a catalyst for local forces in carrying out its mandate: to mobilize the community, implement a funding strategy, rigorously manage public funds, develop quality programming and ensure the visibility of the celebrations.
The Society benefits from the support of the Ville de Montréal, the Québec government, the Canada government and private funding from 12 Great Montrealers. For more information, see http://www.375mtl.com
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