VideoArt | Locomotive – Place des Arts – Espace culturel

“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.


Director: Thibaut Duverneix
Creation: Thibaut Duverneix & Mathieu Léger
Choreographer: Ashlea Watkin

Production: Departement
Line production: Antler Films
Executive producers: Sach Baylin Stern – Thibaut Duverneix
Producer: Josh Usheroff

Cinematographer: Christophe Collette
Makeup: Anicko Bouchard
Art Direction: Mathieu Léger
Editing – Post Production – Grading: Thibaut Duverneix

Music composer: David Drury
Music producer: Christian Olsen & David Drury
Bass player: Sage Reynolds


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

1st camera assistant: Mariane Laporte
Grip: Max Robert
Electro: Christian Mouzard
PA: Mathieu Lefrancois-Gauvreau
Intern: Hans Bobanovits
DIT: Alexis Vanier
Watchout Integration: Thibaut Duverneix & Philippe Larocque

Special thanks to:

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


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