Theodore Ushev and the Iregular design studio invite passers-by to participate in an architectural experience based on science fiction, in which they create their own films from three McLaren films—Lines Horizontal (1960), Lines Vertical (1962) and Synchromy (1971)—projected on two façades of the Grande Bibliothèque. An imposing steel monolith, inspired by the one in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, serves as the interactive device. Members of the public scratch its surface with various objects, and the installation reproduces the resulting sounds while using the scratch patterns to alter the images from McLaren’s films as they are projected on the library building’s façades.
Born in Bulgaria, Theodore Ushev graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia. In 1999, he settled in Montreal, where he quickly acquired a reputation as a prolific, talented animator, attracting attention with films such as The Man Who Waited and Tzaritza. He then directed an acclaimed trilogy of films about the relationship between art and power (Tower Bawher, Drux Flux, and Gloria Victoria). In parallel, he made a series of short films focusing on creative artists and their relationship with the world (Lipsett Diaries, Nightingales in December, and Joda). His fascination with new content-delivery platforms has also led him to make films for the Internet and for mobile phones. Ushev’s films have received numerous awards and award nominations.
Iregular is a Montreal-based interactive design studio that uses all of the latest technologies to transform spaces, scenes, events, performances and the use of mobile devices into genuine experiences. Since 2010, Iregular’s expertise in graphic, sound, set, web and other forms of design has been called upon for many events, including Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal en lumière, Igloofest, Mutek Montréal, Mutek Mexico, C2-MTL, the Mapping Festival (in Switzerland) and GLOW (in the Netherlands).