Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

City Hall Project

Quasar 1.0, 2008
Photo: Joshua White

Suitable for all ages

In association with Duly Lee - Panama City, Panama; Micaela Neus - Palmer Station, Antarctica; F. Myles Sciotto - Los Angeles, USA; and Marco Verde - Cagliari, Italy

With assistance from the Antarctic Meteorological Research Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Science and Engineering Center; and the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center (WIPAC), University of Wisconsin-Madison, Graduate School.

Quasar 2.0: Star Incubator, 2012

Jean Michel Crettaz - Los Angeles, USA
Mark-David Hosale - Toronto, Canada

Light and Sound Installation

Quasar 2.0: Star Incubator (Q2:SI) is an immersive interactive light and sound installation proving an evocative spatial reflection of renewing and evolving life-cycles. The light and sound events are expressions of a multilayered generative system that transports ever-changing narrative structures through emergent characteristics. The Q2:SI body is conceived of an array of structural prototype elements, electronic sensors and control elements that form an intricate three-dimensional spatial configuration. The installation’s life-form is comprised of several converging real-time data streams: local infrared and electromagnetic fields, and external oceanic temperature, solar weather, and weather data collected at the Antarctica Weather station. A local information screen provides tangible date sourcing and processing of the multiple inputs.

The aim of the exhibit is to connect the audience with systems of the universe unfolding beyond our senses, changing climate systems, collapsing scale and time into the immediacies of the experience of ever-new beginnings. Over time the observer will notice subtle differentiations of the evolutionary principles that are fluently transitioning and initiating new impetus connecting visitors with an interface of various information stratum.

Jean Michel Crettaz is an architect and engineer who studied engineering, visual arts and architecture in Europe and the USA. Co-founder of SLAP! His work explores architectures and spatial structures drawn from data visualization of the time/space/energy continuums.

Mark-David Hosale is a media artist and composer whose work is an exploration of knowledge through nonlinear narrative as a representation of information, time, and space. He has exhibited and performed at conferences, universities, and festivals around the world.


Toronto City Hall underground parking garage, 100 Queen Street West (Accessible from entrance ramp on Bay Street. Wheelchair accessible via "SEAL" elevator on Nathan Phillips Square.)

This project is indoors.