Place des Festivals, traditionally held in Montreal to illuminate the shortest and darkest days of the year, is celebrating a series of audiovisual and light celebrations called Luminothérapie, which runs from December 8, 2016 to January 29, 2017.
At the main attraction of the festival, which is scheduled for the seventh this year, the fascinating piece of the Montréal-based production agency for audio and media arts named Ekumen, the “Loop” is exhibited. Its design was inspired by the tales and finished in a cooperation with Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix, Générique Design, Jérôme Roy and Thomas Ouellet Fredericks. The cycle embodies 13 glowing and colorful giant zoetrops that promise to amaze the every hour of the day. (Zoetrop is a cylinder that displays a series of still images like a film strip, so that it can be rotated quickly to animate images.)
These 13 giant zoetrops or wheels all contain 24 images to tell a different fairy tale. Visitors are invited to sit in these light and musical zoets that are equipped with retro-futuristic steps of two meters in diameter and to pull the handle to initiate the return movement. At this point the wheels start spinning, then the lights turn on and the still images turn into animations, accompanied by a flickering light effect and music. Pictures can be seen from inside or outside the wheels, close or distant. The speed with which the images move and the intensity of the light depends on how quickly the participants can move the zoetrop, how fast they move. (Presented images are used in a white and black color to remind you of the beginning period of the cinema.)
Olivier Girouard ve Jonathan Villeneuve stated “We were inspired by the mechanical poetry of the zoetrope to give the public—thanks to digital technology—an extraordinary immersive experience,” said Olivier Girouard and Jonathan Villeneuve. “It will be interesting to see how each person responds, but in any case we want to stimulate everyone’s imagination and encourage all to participate, helping people see public space differently. Loop looks simple, but it is technically complex. It is not the work of one person, but of an imaginative and enthusiastic team. Without them, the project could not have been completed.”
In addition to the Loop, Ottoblix’s video projections can be seen in festival, show two adjacent buildings overlooking the Place des Festivals: UQAM Pavillon Président-Kennedy and the first new Wilder Building Espace Dance. The projections include imagery telling the characters at the tales and the idea of the zoetrop loop.
The cycle can be seen until January 29, 2017, you can visit the Quartier des Spectacles to learn more about the event.