Daily tous les jours leads an emergent field of practice that combines interactive art, storytelling, performance, and urban design to reinvent living together in the 21st century.
Founded in 2010 by Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat, the award-winning Tiohtia:ke/Montréal-based studio has been producing projects that encourage citizens to play an active role in the transformation of their cities, with the public spaces we share everyday as the canvas.
Working in partnership with municipalities, public realm programmers, and private sector clients, Daily tous les jours interventions are designed to create unexpected experiences that bring strangers together in a spirit of play, cooperation, and creativity. The scenarios they create put the human back at the centre of strategies for urban development, engaging the public with ideas about mobility, resilience, social connection, and civic engagement. Their work has been described as “infrastructure for the human spirit.”
The studio first won international acclaim in 2011 for Musical Swings/21 Balançoires, a large-scale participatory urban artwork that invites passersby to make music together using their entire bodies. Since then, they have created temporary and permanent installations in more than 60 cities around the world. Recognitions include UNESCO Creative Cities Shenzhen Design Award (Grand Prize), Best in Show at the Interaction Awards/IxDA, Winner of the
Knight Cities Challenge in the civic innovation category, Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award, and a Public Art Network Award from Americans for the Arts. Oprah Winfrey described the Musical Swings as a “living work of art.”
— Mouna Andraos & Melissa Mongiat, co-founders of Daily tous les jours
UNESCO Creative Cities Design Award for Young Talents | IxDA Interaction Awards (Best in Show, Best Engagement, Best Optimizing) | Knight Cities Challenge Award for Civic Innovation | Fast Company Innovation by Design Award | Americans for the Arts Public Art Network Award | Core77 Design Awards and Honoree | Design Vanguard Covid-19 Directory | Oprah’s OWN | FRAME Magazine | Dezeen | Creators Project | DesignBoom | This is Colossal | Vimeo Staff Pick | New Cities Summit | Design World Summit | SXSW | EYEO | TEDx | Ars Electronica
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.
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