by 9 enero 2012

“Locomotive”, the most recent addition to the mosaic screen installation in the foyer of Place des Arts, is a fantastical portrayal of a human machine.

The context resembles an elaborate organic dominos game. It begins with a musical impulse and is accompanied by an inexorable advancement of light.

Human flesh makes up a patchwork of glittering metallic members – which have the luster of new pistons and bolts – engendering a hybrid mass.

Caught in awkward tension, the bodies quiver in suspension, the movement becoming increasingly intense until released by the passing impulse.

The carefully synchronized three-dimensional chain reaction of image, sound and light dehumanizes the body while simultaneously makes us smile. Uncomfortable yet intrigued, the eye of the passer cannot turn away from the machine. The complexity of the work lies in its ambiguity of being funny, monstrous, and sensual all at the same time.

The totality of this intriguing puzzle is best seen by taking a step back. However, in order to observe and appreciate the detail of the movement, it is equally engaging to advance forward. Each gear, wheel and suture plays its role to tie the whole piece together.
For this project, in lieu of creating a work that is intrinsically promotional, Place des Arts has taken the risk of acting as a sponsor and distributor of this purely artistic and cinematic endeavor.

Conceived with the intention of using the proposed space – its limitations and constraints – in the pursuit giving life to a custom made creation, “Locomotive” highlights the artistic potential of the mosaic screens in the foyer.

Work in progress. It will be live very soon.


Réalisation: Thibaut Duverneix
Conception: Thibaut Duverneix & Mathieu Léger
Assistante à la mise en scène: Ashlea Watkin

Production: Departement
Production déléguée: Antler Films
Producteur Exsecutif: Sach Baylin Stern
Producteur: Josh Usheroff

Direction Photo: Christophe Collette
Maquillage: Anicko Bouchard
Direction artistique: Mathieu Léger
Montage – Post Production – Colorisation: Thibaut Duverneix

Composition de la musique: David Drury
Production de la musique: Christian Olsen & David Drury
Contrebasse: Sage Reynolds


Allison Blakley
Victoria Diamond
Jérémy Fiset
Milan Gervais
Emily Gualtiery
Lael Stellick
Andrew Tay
Ashlea Watkin

Assistant Caméra: Mariane Laporte
Machiniste: Max Robert
Électricien: Christian Mouzard
Assistant de Production: Mathieu Lefrancois-Gauvreau
Stagiaire: Hans Bobanovits
Technicien Imagerie Numérique: Alexis Vanier
Intégration Watchout: Thibaut Duverneix & Philippe Larocque

Un grand merci à:

Place des Arts
Sophie Labelle
Samuel Rigaux
Lucie Ladhui
Département Caméra
Scapin Staging

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Posted by 9 enero 2012 Arte