Take the TIME to discover the Stars and the origins of the Universe at the Montreal Planetarium.
Have you ever found yourself wondering about the mystery and complexity of Time, this ethereal and ever changing variable that can appear to stretch endlessly in moments of great pain, or in contrast swiftly pass in the blink on an eye in moments of immense joy? Can we ever hope to explain, understand or deconstruct it? I personally think it is a fascinating concept that we don't often put much thought into, even though it is central to our lives.
Since November 12, 2014 as part of their “Hurry up and Slow down” theme, Montreal’s Space for Life recently launched Vertiges and Tempo: two new multimedia shows at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. Both shows offer colorful journeys through time and space while combining art and science under the domes of two separate, immersive theaters.
My first stop was a 20-minute show entitled Vertiges, presented in the Chaos Theater. Guests in single file are escorted to the center of the dome where they can chose between the benches that line the walls of the dome or choose to lie down comfortably in one of the numerous bean-bags scattered around the floor. Hypnotic visuals, pounding rhythms and scientific quotes make superb use of the hemispheric dome by making the audience sink into a dreamlike environment where time appears to be something discontinuous in the atemporal universe created by Jimmy Lakatos and Alexandre Burton.
The second part of the journey is a 40-minute presentation called Tempo shown in the Milky Way Theater. Tempo explores our connections with time from a completely different angle; through the cycles of the starry skies. Filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq and astronomer Sébastien Gauthier use the Montréal sky as the starting point for a magnificent immersive voyage that searches to position humanity in the universe. Audiences are invited to put their clocks and watches aside and get back in touch with the bonds that link us to nature.
While Vertiges examines questions and upsets what we think we know about time, Tempo reminds us that our basic references are intimately bound to nature,” emphasizes Space for Life Director Charles-Mathieu Brunelle.
Several showings of both films are scheduled daily except Mondays. It is also good to note that there are English and French versions of both viewings.
Montréal Space for Life is made up of four attractions on the same site: the Botanical Garden, Biodôme, Insectarium and Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. These four prestigious municipal institutions form Canada's largest natural science museum complex.
Together, they launch a daring, creative urban movement, urging everyone to rethink the connection between humankind and nature while cultivating a new way of living.
For further information see their website montrealspaceforlife.ca.