Daily tous les jours leads an emergent field of practice combining technology, storytelling, performance and placemaking to reinvent living together in the 21st century.
Over the past ten years, the Montreal-based art and design studio has signed over 40 original artworks in more than 30 cities around the world.
Daily’s work invites humans to play a critical role in the transformation of their environment, building more resilient cities. They created the world-acclaimed Musical Swings, a large-scale urban artwork that invites passersby to make music together, with their entire body.
Recent projects include Musical Shadows in Dubai UAE, an interactive pavement that reacts to people’s shadows with singing voices; Hello Trees in Houston TX, an interactive promenade for humans to converse with trees, and the meditative experience I Heard There Was a Secret Chord currently touring the US and Europe.
— Mouna Andraos & Melissa Mongiat, co-founders of Daily tous les jours
Research, workshops, public consultations, concept, prototyping, design, production, installation. Designing a process is basically designing a project.
To understand a space and its realities, each project starts with an extensive research phase. We study the landscape lines, look for hidden paths, search for urban legends, and consider the poetry in a problem. We work closely with the local population through workshops and public consultations. This allows us to develop a relevant concept for a specific context.
We build prototypes everyday. To fight the fear of the blank page, to explore ideas and designs, to test our projects with people, and through weather and other environmental challenges. Models, cardboard machines, and technology on a 1:1 scale allow us to evaluate their interactivity.
We believe that magic can only happen through the illusion that technology isn’t there. But it is, invisible, hidden within the installation to better serve the interaction. All technological production is done in-house, to better control the product quality.
We work with multiple collaborators from various fields of expertise, including architects, chefs, choreographers, engineers, scientists, historians and more. Local partners are also involved in project deployment to guarantee proper integration to the space.
Daily tous les jours was founded in 2010 in Montreal, by Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat.
Senior Environment Designer
The studio earned numerous international recognitions, notably Best in Show at the IxDA Interaction Awards, the Grand Prize at the UNESCO Shenzhen Design Awards, a Knight Cities Challenge Award for Civic Innovation, a Fast Company Innovation by Design Award, and an Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Award.
Daily’s team also actively contributes to the conversations about art, technology and public spaces, giving lectures to New Cities Summit, Design World Summit, SXSW, EYEO, TEDx and Ars Electronica.
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