An art installation about reappropriating public space through speech, gives everyone an opportunity to join in on the discussion.



Client : NFB & Quartier des spectacles
Company : Moment Factory
Role : Art direction & Product Design
Year : 2013

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At a time when cities are looking for new ways to bring life to their streets and public spaces, the interactive Megaphone installation invites Montrealers and visitors to gather downtown to explore the festive side of public speaking. The installation was chosen to occupy the Promenade des Artistes in the heart of Quartier des Spectacles, from September to November 2013. 

As participants speak, their voices are transformed, in real time, into images projected onto the façade of the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), leaving their visual “footprint” on the urban landscape. The speaker’s words also are transferred to a voice-recognition system developed by the Computer Research institute of Montreal (CRIM) and specially adapted for Megaphone. A transcription of the words is then used to enhance the visual space as well as feed the database that informs the video content being projected when the megaphone is not in use. This effectively reflects what has been said while providing an overall picture of the sound clips that have been stored. 
Megaphone is a creation of Moment Factory, directed by Étienne Paquette.


Producers: Hugues Sweeney (ONF) and Pascal Lefebvre (Quartier des spectacles)
Conception and Direction: Alexandre Lupien, Étienne Paquette
Production: Geneviève Forest, Marie-Ève Meilleur, Johanna Marsal

Artistic direction: Léa Behr & Arnaud Spuhler
Stage design: Maryline Thibault
Interactive content: Pascal Michel, Sophie Midavaine, Arnaud Spuhler, Jacob Dufossé, Marc-André Baril





Technology and Innovation: Vincent Pasquier, Guillaume Lévesque, Samir Ounnoughi, Marouane Sahbi, Dominic Audet
Sound editing: Cassidy Lerman
Voice recognition system: Computer Research Institute of Montreal (CRIM)