21 Balançoires

An exercise in musical cooperation

by eleonora usseglio prinsi
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21 Balançoires (21 interactive swings) is the new interactive playground designed in Montreal by Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat from the Daily Tous Les Jours collective, together with Luc-Alain Giraldeau professor of Science Faculty at the Université du Québec in Montréal.

The urban installation is located on the Promenade des Artistes in the Quartier des Spectacles and engage all ages passers. When in motion, each of the 21 swings in the series triggers different notes and, when used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation.

The 7 swing sets, each with three swings, play classical music to the rhythm controlled by the swinging motion of the occupants of the swings, and which, at night time, creates an intriguing dance of music and light.

The project is built in collaboration with the studio ESKI, who created and integrated the interactive system. A bundle of sensors track the height, the speed and the position of the swings, which allow the system to play back the notes of the music according to the swinging motion. The bottoms of the seats of the swings house an LED lighting system that lights up as the seats move.

The brightly and colorful installation links citizens with the city, through a new shared experience.

Check the video here

 Photography: Olivier Blouin