Landscape One

Luc Courchesne

Landscape One ,
Co-workers & Funding
Co-Worker: Rejane Cantoni
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Four walls of a space are "painted", with video projectors, into a single photo realistic 360º landscape representing a public garden.

The space, set in Montreal's Mont-Royal Parc, is being visited by real and virtual characters. If the virtual characters appear free to come and go in the garden, real visitors will need help to walk in and explore. For this they have to make contact with one of the
virtual character by selecting, using voice or touch, questions or comments from imposed sets. Questions on, for example, where they are, what is around, where one can go from here will engage a conversation leading to some form of relationship. The exchange may be cut short with everyone going back to their business or it may reach a point where visitors will convince a character to lead them somewhere. In such case, visitors are being pulled through the landscape after their virtual guide and the whole room appears to be moving in this direction.

The dialogue between the guide and the visitor or group goes on and defines the progression through space. Because real visitors are using virtual characters to steer their way through space, the nature of visitor's relationship to the character will define the space - physical or metaphorical - that can be accessed. There are several possible destinations or outcome. Visitors could simply be abandoned somewhere on the way if the connection to the character is broken, or they could be reaching a destination: a lookout or a forbidden boundary.

This journey through space is also a journey through words, meanings, language, subjectivity. It highlights not only the physical world in which this is happening but also its diverse meanings and functions to different people. The experience is about communication/dicommunication between people with movements through space as manifestation of its nature; successfull forms of communication will offer visitors more varied inroads into more remote places.

(Luc Courchesne)
  • genres
    • installations
      • interactive installations
      • virtual reality (VR)
  • subjects
    • Arts and Visual Culture
      • panoramas
Technology & Material
Equipment provided by the host organisation:

4 Computers (Power Macintosh 7300 without monitors)
4 Video projectors (LDV or DLP)
1 220/110 transformer (if necessary)
External power cables

Equipment provided by the artist:

4 Laserdisc players (Pioneer LD-V 8000)
4 Computer monitors
4 Touch pads
1 Ethernet hub
Network cables
Internal power cables
1 2 m x 2 m platform
4 Screens
4 Reflectors
4 Pedestals
Installation Requirements / Space
One enclosed space 8 m x 8 m x 2.5 m (minimum vertical clearance).
The space should be dark and kept at 20° C. Four light projection
screens will be suspended from cieling with 8 wires. Drawing will
be provided based on space plan.