DIGITAL CANVASES TO EDUCATE, AMAZE AND SPARK CONVERSATION

Sun Life Financial Corporate HQ, Toronto (CAN)

2017

Sun Life Financial is a multinational insurance company, with a standout commitment to the well-being of the communities they serve. Their role as conscious corporate citizens includes, but is not limited to, philanthropic support of health and wellness programs, diabetes prevention and research as well as arts and culture initiatives. Sun Life seeks to emulate these core values by creating an exemplary working ecosystem that offers the best possible environment for the employees who make these worldwide efforts possible. To achieve this mandate, the international insurance leaders asked Réalisations to help design and create a collection of digital canvases throughout their new corporate headquarters. The digital canvas project pushes the boundaries of art and design, creating a unique environment for Sun Life employees. These digital canvases serve to brighten and uplift the spirit, in the same way as any traditional art installation.  

 

Nine separate installations work together to channel the intangible essence of day to day connections that make large-scale, positive change possible around the world. The installations make use of furniture design, high-impact visual displays, ambient reactivity and creative use of audio-visual technologies to present content that educates, surprises and sparks conversation. 

 

The installations themselves are spread across three floors, each located in a unique environment ranging from transitory corridors to employee lounge areas to executive spaces. Each area serves a unique function within the building, and hosts different audiences; advisors, corporate clients, investment bankers and employees. Réalisations used a refined visual toolbox to follow a continuum of design experiences from sophisticated to approachable, with elements of interactivity dialled up or down to suit the needs of the setting.

The digital canvas project pushes the boundaries of art and design, creating a unique environment for employees of Sun Life Financial's new corporate headquarters in Toronto.
The digital canvas project pushes the boundaries of art and design, creating a unique environment for employees of Sun Life Financial's new corporate headquarters in Toronto.
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INFO-PHOTO KIOSKS ON LAURIER WEST

Laurier West ave, Montreal (QC)

2017

Laurier West neighborhood is a perfect microcosm of what the city of Montreal has to offer; a diverse mix of food, shopping, culture and language. Residential streets serving vibrant communities thread together the major streets which intersect with each other to create a local and international commercial marketplace. With an active website and social media presence, the community is connected all the way from the sidewalk to the screen. It is an area of the city where information is readily available. However, when road construction threatened the prosperous community culture, the City of Montreal sought to help people in the neighborhood understand what was going on, while encouraging them to enjoy the area nonetheless with a playful and informative addition on the streets. 

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INNOVATIVE DESIGN AND EQUIPMENT FOR 360° FILM

Technical Expertise and Innovation for SESQUI's 360° Cinematic Dome Tour

2017

SESQUI is one of the cornerstone celebrations in honor of Canada's 150th anniversary. SESQUI brings together technical innovation and art in a multi-faceted celebration of Canada’s heritage, landscape and people. Réalisations is proud to have been a part of SESQUI’s 360 Technical Innovation Team, providing expertise and support for their 360° film, HORIZON.

 

HORIZON embarks on a nationwide tour, visiting planetariums throughout the country before launching a “pop-up” tour in June 2017. During this mobile tour, the SESQUI inflatable dome theatre will bring HORIZON to the doorsteps of seven Ontario communities. 

 

Réalisations provided expertise and created fundamental equipment to help bring the concept of a travelling 360° film into reality. The result is the HORIZON 360° Cinematic Dome Tour. HORIZON is shot using a variety of cameras, mounted on custom rigs. The film is then projected inside the SESQUI dome from eight projectors, using the newest cutting-edge technology to enable a standardized viewing experience for each stop along the mobile tour. 

 

FILMING: Realizing Canada in 360°

 

Réalisations provided support for the filming of HORIZON by designing, testing and constructing two separate camera rigs along with the help of our fellow collaborators, without which the end result would not have been possible. The first rig holds five SLR Canon cameras which shoot time-lapse; the second rig holds 3 RED Dragon 6K video cameras. Because the film is projected in a 360° dome, the film needed to be shot in extremely high resolution, otherwise the image quality would deteriorate when blown up for viewing.

 

Furthermore, the placement of the individual cameras on the rigs needed to be painstakingly calculated since any discrepancies in alignment would be detrimental to the success of the film’s projections inside the dome.

 

Finally, this project required that the rigs be road-ready; lightweight enough to be mounted to a variety of vehicles for land and aerial shots, yet durable. The rigs were used to shoot footage from ninety different locations across all thirteen provinces and territories, and needed to be able to withstand every extreme of these climates. These custom-built rigs help bring the film’s mandate to life; “a 360° cinematic journey across Canada, and a visual symphony that celebrates the people, landscapes and freedoms that make Canada home”. 

SESQUI is one of the cornerstone celebrations in honor of Canada's 150th anniversary. SESQUI brings together technical innovation and art in a multi-faceted celebration of Canada’s heritage, landscape and people. Réalisations is proud to have been a part of SESQUI’s 360 Technical Innovation Team, providing expertise and support for their 360° film, HORIZON.
SESQUI is one of the cornerstone celebrations in honor of Canada's 150th anniversary. SESQUI brings together technical innovation and art in a multi-faceted celebration of Canada’s heritage, landscape and people. Réalisations is proud to have been a part of SESQUI’s 360 Technical Innovation Team, providing expertise and support for their 360° film, HORIZON.
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HOW RÉALISATIONS USES BIG DATA TO LIGHT THE JACQUES CARTIER BRIDGE

Collaboration On "Living Connections"

2017

Réalisations, and five other Montreal interactive multimedia and lighting companies were brought together under the leadership of Moment Factory, to help realize “Living Connections”- the lighting of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Réalisations came up with the idea of using big data as a modulator of the lighting system, as well as creating the programming and software- “SENS.ei Data”- and support thereof to make this a reality.

 

The custom software behind the world’s smartest bridge

 

For every particle of light on the bridge, there is a specific piece of data determining how it is expressed (what color it is, how bright it is, what direction it moves in, where it appears on the structure etc). The lighting patterns on the Jacques Cartier Bridge are meticulously informed by big data gathered by Réalisations' software SENS.ei Data in real time, and will never be random.

 

Réalisations is responsible for developing SENS.ei Data specifically for this project- a custom software that collects, monitors and harmonizes data from various sources; sensors, weather station, microphones, radars, press reports, social media and cameras pointed to the sky. The data is then broken into various categories and subcategories, all of which feed the lighting of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. SENS.ei Data sustains the spirit of Montrealers within “Living Connections”, to ensure that over the next ten years, no two days on the bridge are the same.

 

The Observatoire de la circulation de l'information (OCI) is participating in this innovative project.

 

How data from SENS.ei Data is expressed in light

 

The interior lighting network is predetermined; it expresses color based on the season. The hue changes slightly each day, so that over the course of a year the interior lighting of the bridge serves as a 365-colour chromatic calendar; whereas the exterior lighting network beats to the pulse of Montreal’s data stream. The external side lighting reflects Montreal’s day-to-day energy based on a multitude of data collected from SENS.ei Data. Various types of big data inform the speed, intensity and arrangement of lighting over the course of the day. The collection and integration of media data is what makes each day on the bridge completely unique.

 

SENS.ei Data collects information from traffic radars, bike sensors, microphones plus cameras monitoring the color of the sky, and integrates reports from OCI sourced across social media and online news through the tracking of various keywords and hashtags. There are two main components of how this vast range of data is expressed; during the “Hourly Show” and in the “Ambient” phase of the bridge’s day.

 

Hourly Show

 

Lasting approximately five minutes, every hour (between sunset and 3 am) the bridge will perform a recap of data collected throughout the day. The show consists of four main acts; weather, traffic, media and mood bookended with a brief intro and outro. Particles of light express data from each category in a unique way.

  1. Weather: the movement of light will change based on the direction of the winds, amount of precipitation, temperature etc.
  2. Traffic: sensors on the bridge track the direction of traffic and types of vehicles (trucks, cars, bicycles and pedestrians), all of which modulate the density of light particles on the bridge.
  3. Media: seven media categories are monitored, each corresponding with a different color*. The color displayed corresponds to the most talked about category for the current day.
  4. Mood: in addition to tracking the quantifiable data using the frequency of keywords and hashtags, SENS.ei Data tracks the sentiment associated with all this data, to create a feeling or “mood” for the bridge that changes with the feelings of Montrealers. The bridge can either be positively, or negatively animated based on people's’ reactions to various subjects on social media. A mood rating is tracked on all data, between -1 and +1, which determines the direction of the light particles; if the overall sentiment is negative, particles of light will cascade downwards; if the sentiment is positive they will drift upwards.

        * media categories: environment (green), technology (light blue), business (yellow), society (red), art (purple), institutions (pink), sports (dark blue)

 

Ambient Show (Pulse of #Montreal)

 

The ambient show serves as the foundation for the lighting on the Jacques Cartier Bridge, this is what Montrealers will be seeing for most the time that the bridge is “awake”. In this phase, the vitality of Montreal is monitored on social media. For each Tweet using one of the preselected hashtags (#MTL, #MTLMoments, #IlluminationMTL, #Montréal, #Montreal, #375MTL) a particle of light will descend from the turrets atop the bridge. The characteristics of these light particles will depend on various engagement with the tweet; color is determined by which hashtag is used and can reflect the sky color of the day, the amount of likes the tweet receives will inform the length of the particle, and the amount of retweets will determine how fast it moves. On a day when the city is abuzz with local news such as a Habs victory, a public event, bizarre weather or a big piece of news, these pulses of light will create an excited energy on the bridge. A quieter day will show less activity, and reflect the calm of the city.

 

 

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"LIVING CONNECTIONS" THE LIGHTING OF THE JACQUES CARTIER BRIDGE

Jacques Cartier Bridge, Montréal (CAN)

2017

Since its inauguration in 1930, the Jacques Cartier Bridge, crossing the Saint Lawrence River, has served Montrealers as the main transportation channel connecting the city to the south shore and beyond. The striking matrix of steel that makes up the bridge’s superstructure gave project leaders Moment Factory the initial idea for “Living Connections”, the lighting of the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Réalisations is one of six Montreal-based multimedia and lighting companies led by Moment Factory, to have collaborated and provided expertise to help this project reach its full potential, for Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc., in celebration of Canada’s 150 and Montreal’s 375 anniversaries respectively.

Lighting of the Jacques Cartier Bridge
Lighting of the Jacques Cartier Bridge
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3-D MODEL OF NIAGARA FALLS AND INTERACTIVE MUSEUM TOOLS

Gulliver’s Gate, Times Square - New York City (USA)

2017

Located in Times Square, Gulliver’s Gate invites visitors to see the entire world, within a space no larger than a football field. The museum presents continents from around the world in miniature form, with landmarks from each region designed and created in their country of origin. Réalisations was asked to create interactive tools to engage the audience throughout the entire museum in addition to the design and construction of a scale model of Niagara Falls, to represent Canada in the exhibit.

 

The project required that the designs be suitable and engaging for a wide variety of audiences, while providing interactive elements that invite Gulliver’s Gate visitors to engage with the exhibits beyond simply looking at the 3-D models.

3-D MODEL OF NIAGARA FALLS AND INTERACTIVE MUSEUM TOOLS
3-D MODEL OF NIAGARA FALLS AND INTERACTIVE MUSEUM TOOLS
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AMBIENT INTELLIGENCE FOR MANHATTAN'S FIRST “LIVING” HOTEL

RENAISSANCE NEW YORK MIDTOWN HOTEL - NYC (USA)

2016

Renaissance Hotels, known for helping the next generation of business travellers discover unexpected cultural experiences, opened the first digitally enhanced hotel in the heart of the NYC garment district in the spring of 2016.

 

Guests and visitors entering the hotel from either 34th or 35th Streets interact with stunning digital displays projected along the corridor, a passage which spans the length of the block. The display does not change on its own, but responds to human movement. the interaction between guests and the wall creates a visual tapestry of subtle, organic graphics.

 

In producing this ambient intelligence environment, a space that is sensitive and responsive to the presence of people, Réalisations utilized a variety of technologies including reflective wallpaper, motion detectors, projectors and 3D cameras to capture and project data and movement occurring in the corridor.  

 

The result is a “living” interactive hotel, which showcases the vision of the digital future.

 

Ambient intelligence for Manhattan's first “living” hotel
Ambient intelligence for Manhattan's first “living” hotel
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NATURE AND INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN THE HEART OF TEXAS

OAK POINT PARK NATURE AND RETREAT CENTER, PLANO, TEXAS (USA)

2015

Nestled lakeside within Texas’ largest park is the new visitor’s center of the award winning Oak Point Park in the city of Plano. The park’s scientific and interpretative teams were looking for an innovative way to highlight the park’s many natural and recreational features as a focal point of the centre. They wanted to inform guests on the location of the park's many attributes spread over an 800 acre area and they also wanted to be able to educate visitors on the park’s history, the plants and animals that call Oak Point home and the hydrological and geological features that make Oak Point Park unique.

 

The project needed to combine elements of wayfinding with an engaging method of transmitting over two dozen scientific themes to a varied demographic of guests. There was also an additional requirement that the technology used would allow park staff to easily update information by adding new video files to the system and could be easily maintained. 

OAK POINT PARK NATURE AND RETREAT CENTER PLANO, TEXAS
OAK POINT PARK NATURE AND RETREAT CENTER PLANO, TEXAS
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