Loop by Ekumen
designed by Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix
in collaboration with Générique Design, Jérôme Roy and Thomas Ouellet Fredericks
On display Nov. 9–18
This illuminated musical installation, featuring a distinctive retro-futuristic look, invites members of the public to sit inside a series of six cylinders, each measuring 6.5 feet in diameter, and activate the mechanisms, causing beautiful images to come to life. Loop is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope, and a railway handcar. When visitors work the lever together, the cylinder starts spinning and lights up as a series of still images inspired by 13 different fairy tales appear to move. A flickering strobe effect accompanies the black and white images, similar to early movies. The speed at which the images move, the frequency of the flickering and the tempo of the music are determined by how fast the participants move the lever.
Conception and execution: Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix
Production: Ekumen and Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, Montreal, Canada