Passage Oublié

Passage Oublié is an interactive artwork allowing the public to send messages to a touchscreen kiosk located in Pearson's International Airport. Messages received are animated along flight trajectories on a map featuring airports involved in rendition flights.

Passage Oublié invites citizens of the world in transit at Pearson's International Airport to send messages (sms and web) relating to these questions: Are rendition flights an acceptable means of dealing with new terrorism threats? How does their use affect a country’s credibility as a defender of liberty? Does the end justify the means when it comes to pre-emptive war on terror? Are we compromising on the liberal democracies’ cherished principal of innocent-until-proven-guilty?

How to send a message
416 300-7669 (sms) (the airport wireless hotspots provide free access to this URL)
All messages will be curated by the artists

Created by Maroussia Lévesque, Jason Lewis, Yannick Assogba and Raed Mousa at Obx laboratory for Experimental Media.

Maroussia Lévesque, Jason Lewis, Yannick Assogba, Raed Mousa

Maroussia Lévesque
holds an undergraduate degree in Computation Arts from Concordia University. Her curriculum is oriented towards new technologies and political science, as she is interested in the politics of computers. She is the recipient of the Mary Higgins bursary, and won the first prize of Jeunes Critiques en Arts Visuels. Her work has been published in Le Devoir. She joined Obx studios in 2005, and is currently the conceptual lead. maroussia is learning her fifth language, and counting.

Jason Lewis is a digital artist and technology researcher whose work revolves around experiments in visual language, text and typography. Trained in philosophy and computer science at Stanford University and in art & design at the Royal College of Art, his creative work has been featured at the Ars Electronica Center, ISEA, and SIGGRAPH. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Computation Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada) where he founded and directs the art-led technology research studio Obx Laboratory for Experimental Media.

Yannick Assogba completed his BSc in Computer Science with a minor in Computation Arts in 2006 at Concordia University. He is currently exploring the permeable interfaces between science and art, creativity and technologies of expression. His interests include [inter]active art, electroacoustics, software development and the relationships between societies and technology.

Raed Mousa s the designer for Obx Labs. His interest lies within the possibilities to cross the boundaries between uncommon media. Raed has a background in the classic arts of painting, drawing and sculpture, but also a passion for industrial, graphic and fashion design. He is a gentle artist with a strong conviction, love and he will love you.