Montreal in Shadow was Mere Phantoms’ first large-scale interactive shadow installation. The project drew on traditions of shadow puppetry and projection to create sense of awe and wonder, and to offer a sense of agency to the visitors who entered the space. We invited visitors to interact with the work by adding paper cutouts to the existing installation, and by using hand-held lights to cast shadows from these cutouts onto the gallery walls. What began as an experiment in working with light and shadow in its simplest form became an ongoing exploration that continues to drive our artistic practice.
Credits : Chris Carrière and Frank O’Connor