November 28 to December 9, the eyes of the world will turn to Montreal as it
hosts the “COP 11“, the 11th Conference of
the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
will be the city’s greatest international event since Expo 67, with more
than 10,000 delegates from all nations and over 1000 reporters from around the
world expected to attend. The dominant issue on the conference’s agenda
is the Kyoto Protocol: how it can be enforced, what its future
will be. Saving the environment is everyone’s business, but for the duration
of the conference, the main areas of the Palais des Congrès de Montréal
will be designated as UN territory and only the international delegates and
accredited media can gain access. So how do average citizens assert their right
to be heard? By way of the mkyoto Project, a new creation from
the SAT that aims to increase the power of public opinion.
With the help of some experiments in tectonic motion, and some cutting-edge
technology in the form of the Panoscope 360°, this project will make sure
that your messages reach their target.
Panoscope 360° is an immersive, interactive projector that
acts as an omnidirectional media platform. It creates a virtual environment
that brings people into contact with many different types of message, and opens
channels of communication towards many different horizons. The device will be
installed at the Cool Canada Café of the Palais des Congrès throughout
the conference. It will be the only direct portal for anyone who wants to express
an opinion on the urgent problems under debate, such as greenhouse-gas emissions,
rising sea levels, and massive deforestation.
take part in this “tectonic shift” of ideas, and make your voice heard
by senior government officials from around the world, visit www.mkyoto.org
and contribute your works of art, your messages, your opinions, your solutions.
They will be included in a giant mosaic transmitted to conference dignitaries
via the Panoscope 360°, and viewed by everyone on the Internet. Don’t
miss this chance to be seen and heard!
mkyoto Project has been developed by the Society for Arts and Technology in
Montreal with collaboration from the Ministère de l’Environnement.
It provides a unique forum of expression for young Quebecers concerned about
the environment and the future of the planet.