At the beginning of 2021, Montreal's Palais des congrès added three immersive rooms to its permanent facilities for OASIS Immersion.
The first convention centre in the world to do so, OASIS formed Canada's largest indoor immersive experience across more than 2,000 square meters (or 21,500 square feet), a blend between a museum you could walk through and was often called an 'immersive magazine' with text and visual components. Shows were largely sold out until the end, when it shut down to create a new show in mid-summer.
Now, that new 75-minute show has arrived: RECHARGER/Unwind.
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Housed on the main floor of the Palais, the three new immersive rooms include 105 laser projectors and 119 surround sound speakers. That makes 360° projections on walls and floors possible, and this time, it's being pushed further by showing 10 works by digital artists from Quebec and abroad.
"Simulated ecosystems, sublimation science and flowery poetry, technology fusing with organic matter, acid fractals, a tribute to tidal e-motion… it's a whole new stimulating sensory universe for the imagination charged with positivity," the release for the second exhibit's launch reads.
The whole experience is spread out across three rooms—one for relaxation, the second for energizing with lots of light and sound, and the third and largest is meant to transport visitors into a state of reconnection with themselves, nature and social interaction—along with a café for decompression at the end.
OASIS Immersion is located at 301 Saint-Antoine Street West inside the Palais des congrès (metro Place d'Armes), open from 10 a.m. to 10 pm. Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays; Tickets range from $20 for children aged 6 to 17, students, and seniors to $25 for adults.