In 2010, Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, inaugurated its new multimedia show. Yours truly, Montréal uses archival documents and images to create an immersive experience, taking the spectator to the heart of Montréal’s history by focusing on several important periods and events that influenced the city’s evolution.
In collaboration with Moment Factory and Sid Lee, gsmprjct° was awarded, for the third time, the mandate of actualising the multimedia show. This new version integrates images, lighting and sound to the architecture of the location. In concert with the vestiges of the city and the archaeological crypt below, video screens fixed to three façades, creating a 270 degree angle, enhance the show’s multimedia projection. Taking advantage of the infrastructure already in place, the space was reorganized utilizing its existing features. Visitors can now access the previously unused walkways, where they have a privileged vantage point over the archaeological remains and the projection. Moreover, support bars, specially created for the room, offer visitors the possibility of safely leaning forward to admire the vestiges below. In this position, one has the feeling of becoming a participant in history rather than simply being a spectator.
The judicious redevelopment of the multimedia room by gsmprjct° also allows the museum to host a wide variety of events, conferences, and shows, thanks to a movable stage, hidden behind the stands and that slides over the vestiges on the ground as needed.