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.