OASIS immersion: A space for creativity and contemplation

Daniel Baylis

Daniel Baylis is a writer and adventurer. Born in British Columbia, Daniel came to Montréal with the kooky bohemian notion that he would write poetry, learn to speak French and fall in love. Having achieved various levels of success in said domains, he now focuses his energy on a new hobby: artisanal pickling.

Located on the ground floor of Montréal’s convention centre—the Palais des congrès de Montréal—OASIS immersion is a walkable, no contact experience featuring three immersive galleries, two dazzling light installations, and a lounge area with a café and a boutique.

A space for reimagining

How can a space encourage peacefulness? How can it be designed to block out the bustling outside world? Can a room itself encourage contemplation? These were the guiding design questions for OASIS immersion, a set of mesmerizing spaces that have been recently unveiled inside Montréal’s convention centre.

Once a bus terminus and a warehouse, the new OASIS immersion space includes 105 laser projectors and 119 surround sound speakers. The state-of-the-art equipment creates 360° projections on walls and floors that capture the imagination and encourage contemplation.

A stage for local agencies + independent talent

The exhibitions at OASIS immersion will have specific themes and topics, and will change approximately every six months; the first exhibit is titled Inspirations, and features astronaut David Saint-Jacques, pianist Alexandra Stréliski, and youtuber Émile Roy. Along with creating contemplative environments and experiences, another mission of the space is to be a platform for Québec’s creative agencies and independent talents in sound design, graphic animation, creative programming and much more. It’s also a space that supports innovative local start-ups.

One such partnership is with Stimulation Déjà Vu. The Montréal start-up—which melds senses and neuroscience to create new emotions—has designed a signature scent that is released when people exit the experience. The scent was designed to create an energizing effect of well-being, to leave participants feeling refreshed and positive. At the entrance of OASIS immersion, guests have the opportunity to experience the Déjà vu Sanistop hand sanitizing stations.

An exhibit for a new world

The world has changed immensely in the past year. Collectively, we’re looking for new experiences that are both safe (where we can physically distance from one another) and calming (where we can step away from news headlines). OASIS immersion presents an ideal urban experience: a mix of technology and emotion. This is a “must see” for 2021!

More information can be found on the OASIS immersion website. Those looking for unique Montréal gifts can purchase admission via Ticketpro.

About Montréal’s convention centre

It’s difficult to summarize all the offerings of the Montréal convention centre into a single blurb: the space is big, versatile, and packed with art. It can play host to conventions that welcome thousands of people, or it can accommodate an intimate gathering of CEOs. In the past, its various rooms have been used for sporting events, massive electronic dance parties, and tradeshows. The rooftop garden grows fresh herbs and houses a few colonies of honeybees. More recently, the Palais des congrès de Montréal unveiled high-tech video and podcast studios (entitled Palais Media Propulsion) for creating compelling digital content, perfect for hybrid events.

Daniel Baylis

Daniel Baylis is a writer and adventurer. Born in British Columbia, Daniel came to Montréal with the kooky bohemian notion that he would write poetry, learn to speak French and fall in love. Having achieved various levels of success in said domains, he now focuses his energy on a new hobby: artisanal pickling.

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