Kid Koala Joins Tribute to Norman McLaren

Kid Koala Joins Tribute to Norman McLaren
Late Canuck filmmaker Norman McLaren was born 100 years ago this spring, and the National Film Board of Canada and the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership are spearheading a tribute project which will include renowned turntablist Kid Koala.

The McLaren Wall-to-Wall project will take place in Montreal from April 11 to June 1. Kid Koala is one of a few artists who has been commissioned to create an "original interactive work inspired by one or several films by Norman McLaren." The works will be projected on building façades at the Quartier des Spectacles' Luminous Pathway.

Specifics on what Kid Koala has planned have yet to be revealed, but he's working with local media developers Hololabs on a piece for the Théâtre Maisonneuve façade at the Place des Arts.

Others commissioned to participate the project include animator (and onetime McLaren collaborator) Theodore Ushev and design studio Daily tous les jours. The tribute is also open to other artists, who can apply to participate before February 20. More information about how to get involved is here.

McLaren passed away in 1987. He won an Oscar for his 1952 documentary Neighbours, among other awards, and he is remembered as a pioneer for his work synchronizing animation with music. Kid Koala is a fitting participant in the project, given his own work combining music and visuals.