Saturday, January 18, 2020

LOOP interactive exhibition in Toronto

Six round loops sit in York Street Park down at Harbourfront, each is an interactive, illuminated moving picture show. Up to two people sit within the two metre diameter ring moving a hand lever back and forth, spinning the picture board which activates music and lights. As the individual frames pass by, you can see the images change and a simplistic movie is produced.

The images are based on 13 fairy tales and the speed of the movie is controlled by how fast you work the lever. As the cylinder spins it sets of strobe lights that light up the black and white pictures and as you keep looking in one spot the images blend together like the earliest movies.

From CREOS website "Loop is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar – the pump-powered vehicles familiar from Bugs Bunny cartoons. The retro-futuristic machine plays animated fairy-tale loops set in motion when visitors work the lever together. 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."
York Park is located at York and Harbour Streets and the Winter Stations sponsored LOOP is opposite to the remaining Gardiner off ramps - left from the removal of the old York, Bay and Yonge Street elevated expressway exits. The free-to-try installation will remain from January 15 till February 9, 2020 with hours between 9am and 10pm. The best time to view the work would be after dark.

The creators were Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve and Ottoblix with production by Ekumen and Quartier des Spectacles Partnership of Montreal.

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