Loop is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope (a 19th-century optical toy) and a railway handcar. The retro-futuristic machine, more than two metres in diameter, creates animated fairy tale loops. It activates when a group of people work a hand lever, revealing a lit-up image cylinder that creates the illusion of motion in the drawings.
The participants are in total control of the speed of the images, the frequency at which the light flickers and the rhythm of the audio composition. The black and white images recall the earliest movements and are tinted through a strobe effect. They can be viewed both inside and outside the cylinder, so they can be watched up close or far away.
Loop was first presented as part of the seventh edition of Luminothérapie in 2016-2017 at the Place des Festivals in the Quarter des Spectacles in Montreal.
Sponsors: Waterfront BIA, Waterfront Toronto, PortsToronto
Creation and Execution: Olivier Girouard (Ekumen) and Jonathan Villeneuve
Industrial design: Generique Design
Electronic design and programming: Thomas Ouellet Fredericks
Technical support: Adsum Lab
Mechanical consultation: Jérôme D. Roy (Terrafirma)
Audio programming: Dominic Thibault
Sound: Olivier Girouard (Ekumen)
Production: Quartier des Spectacles Partnership (Montreal, Canada) and Ekumen
Who is it for?
Tickets : free
How to get tickets?
At the door: Entry is free – no tickets needed
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time: January 15th to February 8th | 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Venue: York Street Park (York Street and Harbour Street), Toronto
Public transport accessible