The work is inspired by the zoetrope, an optical toy invented in the 19th century. Loop is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar. The retro-futuristic machine, more than two metres in diameter, creates animated fairy-tale loops. Through the combined efforts of members of the public working the hand lever, the image cylinder lights up and creates the illusion of motion in the drawings.
The black and white images, tinted through a strobe effect, recall the earliest movies and are visible inside the cylinder as well as outside it, so that they can be watched from close up or far away. The speed at which the images fly by, the frequency at which the light flickers and the rhythm of the audio composition are all directly related to the pace set by the participants, who can be of any age.
Conception and execution: Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix
Production: Ekumen and Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal, Canada
Jonathan Villeneuve has been creating public art and installation work employing digital and electromechanical technology for over ten years. His artworks spark the viewer’s imagination through movement, sound, and light-emitting elements. Oscillating between uncanny forms and ostensible functionality, his artworks tend to reveal technological underpinnings, while delivering an affective experiential punch.
Olivier Girouard seeks to set music in motion. He works with artists from various disciplines, notably in the areas of dance, sound art, video and visual art. At the Montréal Conservatory and under the direction of Yves Daoust, he studied electroacoustic composition at the graduate level. Girouard has received a number of awards, including the Hughes-LeCaine prize, given by SOCAN. His works have been performed in Europe, and in North and South America.