The Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] presents Écosystème, the new immersive experience on display in the Satosphere. Combining science and creation, the work offers a sensory immersion dive into the seabed. The screenings will take place under the dome of the SAT, from June 29 to August 21, 2021, Tuesday to Saturday at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. In addition, it is possible to combine your immersive experience with a meal at the Culinary Lab: the dinner-show formula includes two savory dishes and 1 sweet dish at the restaurant as well as a half-price ticket for the show. 

The underwater universe is definitely not the world of silence … and what we hear there has a lot to tell. Waves, boat engines, marine animal communications, the crackling of ice floes or the sound of flowing water – testimony to a regular melting – this immersive film explores a little-known component of this ecosystem: its soundscape .

The work is the culmination of a long residency associating research and creation. The Franco-Quebec international BeBEST Laboratory is at the origin of the project. Centered on the ecology of extreme environments, it was founded by a team of researchers returning from a polar mission. After 350 dives under ice, the observation of the imminence of an ecological disaster and an obvious inability to bear witness to the aesthetic shock experienced during these missions, this group decided to combine artistic creation, in a polar residence on the basis of research, with its work in marine ecology.

The research team therefore called on the talents of electronic music producer Maxime Dangles to create new musical material from their recordings of underwater sounds. Originally from Valence (France), Dangles is an artist with an atypical profile, handyman and lover of modular synths, he signs his productions on the prestigious German label Kompakt. 

To illustrate this sound journey, visual artist Dylan Cote set out to create a dark and enigmatic aquatic universe whose openly synthetic and minimized entities approach a form of graphic abstraction. A camera plunges into this world and explores its imaginary territories, guided by a narrative thread showing their progressive disruption.

“ The innovative character of this project is rooted in the association between art and science. The artist is a member of the mission in the same way as the researcher. The exchanges and productions of the two parties make it possible to present scientific discoveries in a more sensitive way and to make this scientific work accessible to a greater number, through the prism of emotions and reflections translated into a scientific work. “-  BeBEST Laboratory

“ The artistic approach of this work is intimately linked to the time spent in the laboratory, which allowed us to appropriate underwater sounds and the context of their capture within the framework of research in marine ecology. Sounds have a unique range and their own aesthetic value, but they also carry a meaning: they convey the perils that threaten this fragile environment . ” – Maxime Dangles

In the Satosphere 
1201 Boul. St-Laurent, Montreal 

June 29 to August 21, 2021
Tuesday to Saturday
5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. 
Regular rate: $ 20 (+ fees) 
Duration: 37 minutes

For more information, visit the website . 

Photo credit: Erwan Amice – CNRS