Kid Koala and Hololabs, a company specializing in 3D video and holography, will be presenting a dreamlike installation inspired by the method that Norman McLaren used to create his animated film Dots (1940). In his film, McLaren applied dots of paint directly to film, then “brought them to life”. In Phonophotopia, the designers have replaced McLaren’s strips of film with a life-size conveyor belt installed outside the Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts, and the dots of paint with blocks of various shapes and colours. Members of the public are invited to place the blocks on the conveyor belt wherever they like, and the results are translated into an animated film with soundtrack, just like McLaren’s, but projected on the theatre’s façade. The creative possibilities are endless.
Kid Koala is a music producer, author, and world renowned scratch D.J. He has released four albums on the Ninja Tune label and published two graphic novels. In addition to working with Gorillaz and Deltron 3030, he has toured with many famous musical groups, including Radiohead and the Beastie Boys, and as a founding member of the music project The Slew. He has composed the soundtracks for several live-action and animated films, a number of them produced by the NFB.
Founded by Paul Warne and Mike Wozniewski, Hololabs is a Montreal company that specializes in putting technology at the service of creativity. The multidisciplinary Hololabs team includes specialists in the design of video games, interactive web applications, artistic installations and projects that use virtual-reality technology. Two of the firm’s most noteworthy achievements are the video installation/game Breaking the Ice, which was presented at the CODE digital art festival during the 2010 Winter Olympics and won an OCTAS award, and the mobile application Farrago AR. Hololabs is currently developing a video-game-authoring platform called Papercade, which lets players design games themselves and share them with one another.