An amazing sandbox where technological innovation meets human performance.
Based at The 7 Fingers Creation and Production Center, LAB7 offers motion capture technologies, a video game engine and stage integrators.
We explore how to adapt cutting-edge technologies to the physical realities and limitations of live performance, in partnership with CRITAC and other research institutions and programs.
LAB7 contributes to transform the performing arts traditional stage into new, hybrid spaces: immersive scenography, interactive experiences, augmented, virtual or mixed reality.
Dedicated to prototyping and applied research, LAB7 offers a collaborative approach to develop new artistic languages and to experiment with innovative creative processes.
LAB 1 - Augmented reality and hybrid creative work
This first lab is essentially an opportunity to start using LAB7's equipment in real conditions and to validate the complete workflow of capture, modeling, real-time projection, and recording.
LAB 2 - From quantum physics to pictoral art, sets made from movements
This second lab hosts two projects exploring non-figurative visual representations based on different types of motion capture.
LAB 3 - Extreme acrobatics and stage costumes
This third lab is an opportunity to push the limits of our Optitrack system, with the capture of extreme trampoline-wall movements. We are also exploring another technical challenge: motion capture in live performance conditions, notably using stage costumes.
LAB4: Towards markerless motion capture
The fourth LAB7 lab focused on markerless motion capture, explored through a series of tests conducted with LAB7’s research partners, the National Circus School of Montreal’s Centre for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (CRITAC), and Polytechnique Montréal.
by Isabelle Domens, December 2022
In December 2022, The 7 Fingers, in partnership with Shocap Entertainment, presented in Montreal Carry Me Home, the first cross-reality live circus show. LAB7 invited a few members of the audience to enjoy the virtual version of the show in its pop up VR studio.
by Isabelle Domens, November 2022
The first professional event in Montreal dedicated to connecting performing arts and creative technologies, the LAB7 Forum took place on November 17 and 18, 2022. Panels, presentations of case studies, and conferences were held alongside artistic presentations, open rehearsals, and Q&A sessions.
by Isabelle Domens, May 2022
As part of its partnership with the Center for Circus Arts Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer (CRITAC) of the National Circus School (ENC), Lab 7 is contributing to a research project to determine how immersive technologies in a multi-media performance shapes the viewer’s experience.
by Isabelle Domens, October 2022
Between October 17 and 21, 2022, the professional programming of MTL Connect was held at The 7 Fingers. Organized by Montreal Digital Spring (Printemps numérique), MTL Connect is an annual event that brings together local and international communities to look at questions related to digital development. LAB7 took part in MTL Connect by leading a conference and a panel, by offering artistic presentations, by hosting the event’s the international delegation, and by inviting and hosting a group of Abenaki youth.
Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, LAB7 has an inventory that can be used for a variety of purposes, from small-scale experiments to more advanced productions. With multimedia creation processes in mind our equipment inventory includes : Disguise's xR technology video server, Optitrack's real-time motion capture system, GrandMA, Unreal Engine, Notch, video projectors, gray projection screens and floor tiles, sound and lighting equipment.
Along with the Lab7 team, the equipment can be used in our different studios according to the desired configuration, with spaces ranging from 1,350 sq. ft. to 4,104 sq. ft..