RedBall Montréal / Mobile sculptural installation at the Berson Monuments

Artists: Kurt Perschke (New York)
03 septembre 2014 Location Berson Monuments (3884 Saint-Laurent bd / Bus 55 (Saint-Laurent Nord))
Price: Free

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RedBall Project comes to Montreal at last, after visiting 11 countries and 18 cities since 2001 such as Paris, London, Chicago, Toronto and Sydney. RedBall, by Kurt Perschke (New York), is the world’s longest-running street art work.1 RedBall Montréal will invade 7 different locations over 7 days exploring with insight and wit the unique qualities of Montreal’s architecture and urban space. Through its monumental yet playful presence, RedBall reinvents familiar spaces and sheds light in places that, owing to habit, the citygoer no longer perceives. This artistic experiment activates collective imagination through sensory and visual experimentation. Using the architectural, historical and cultural particularities of the city as an opportunity, RedBall Montréal moves through iconic, unlikely, busy and historic locations in Montreal to create a once-in-a-lifetime performance.

« Through the RedBall Project I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday. Through the magnetic, playful, and charismatic nature of the RedBall the work is able to access the imagination embedded in all of us. On the surface, the experience seems to be about the ball itself as an object, but the true power of the project is what it can create for those who experience it. […] That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of the RedBallProject. The larger arc of the project is how each city responds to that invitation and, over time, what the developing story reveals about our individual and cultural imagination. » – Kurt Perschke

RedBall Montréal will be set up in familiar or unusual places, in the north or the south of the metropolis, to help us see the city in a different light. This installation in situ and nomadic (one day, one place) re-awakens our vision with humour and derision, and with the touch of folly and poetry that one so enjoys from Escales Improbables.

RedBall Montréal will be one of the highlights of the 2014 edition of Escales Improbables de Montréal. Follow the Redball Montréal line-up from August 31 to September 6:

– Sunday, August 31 at the Biosphere, Environement Museum, at Parc Jean-Drapeau

– Monday, September 1 at Place des Arts in le Quartier des spectacles

– Tuesday, September 2, at Parterre (De Maisonneuve/Clark) in the Quartier des Spectacles

-Wenesday, September 3, at Berson Monuments (3884 Saint Laurent Boulevard)

-Thursday, September 4, at Former Canadian Pacifique Jean-Talon Railway Station (Parc metro station)

– Friday, September 5, at Bank of Montreal (129 rue Saint-Jacques West)

– Saturday, September 6, at Espace La Fontaine at parc La Fontaine

« One of the best things about RedBall Project is that it’s really very funny. The absurdity of this balloon-at-large makes you smile. It also brings, like all good sculpture, a compulsion to reach out and touch. »
– Matt Buchanan, The Sydney Magazine

« He draws upon the already rich and full context of the city in which the ball is sited, not remolding it, but rather interacting and playing with it. In our experience of this work we find the spaces of the city and, in the tradition of Duchamp, we play a role. »
– Mary Jane Jacob, « Art Outside In, Inside Out », NIU Catalog Essay

« L’intérêt de cette drôle de performance, c’est de provoquer une réaction chez les passants. Selon les villes et les cultures, certains rient aux éclats, d’autres dégainent l’appareil photo, d’autres encore se
jettent dessus pour mieux rebondir ou se contentement de commenter, de loin, cette bizarrerie visuelle. L’effet de surprise est bien sur primordial. »

– Alexandra Michot « Gonflée! Une boule rouge géante déboule en ville » Le Figaro, 17 avril 2013

Artist Kurt Perschke
Technic and Photographic Director Tom Martin
Social Media Manager Afton Negrea

Une présentation des Escales Improbables de Montréal le 3 septembre en collaboration avec la Maison de la Culture Saint-Michel.

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