Light Attraction

An audio-­light performance and installation using high powered lights to shape the
interior of an imposing, translucent, rectangular prism. A choreography of masses of light is
controlled in real­ time in order to develop a fictional and dramatic narrative.
Light Attraction refers to the phenomenon of nocturnal insects' attraction to light: this instinctive
and impulsive attraction is often fatal. This aspect of the work reenacts a biological phenomenon
which remains unexplained by science.

The piece is a metaphor for the impulsive and obsessive behaviours found in human beings. In the
same way certain insects are attracted to light – driven by their instincts – human beings behave in
an instinctive and impulsive way, with little idea of the reasons that motivate them.
Chantre's work tells a story with light, creating different sensory scenarios in which the
physicality of the public is the director. The work relies on a language of light which borrows its
cinematographic grammar from Science Fiction films and relies on the past collective visual
memories of the public, such as a sunrise or a foggy swamp, to translate. The light box spreads out,
seeks and watches its observers. It rests before it takes over, blinds, attacks and fascinates the
viewer.

  • " The work he has achieved is very complex and technical. I saw his creation Light Attraction and it was really incredible. " ­ Radio­-Canada, C'est bien meilleur le matin, Marie-­Ève Dumulong, Toronto (CA), 2012
  • " […] I thought it was very impressive and dramatic. " ­ Radio­-Canada, C'est bien meilleur le matin, Marie-­Ève Dumulong, Toronto (CA), 2012
Mois Multi, Québec (CA), 2012. Photo : Luc Vallée

Performance:
- Mois Multi, Québec (CA), 2012

Press and documentation :
- Article, Voir Québec, Julie Gagné, Light attraction, Quebec (CA), 2013
- Mention, Quoi faire à Québec, Light Attraction (Web), 2013
- Audio interview, CKRL, La croche oreille, Quebec (CA), 2013
- Mention, Le Devoir, Jerôme Delgado, Light Attraction, Montreal (CA), 2012
- Mention, Sonsdofuturo, Chris Quites, Light Attraction (Web), 2012
- Mention, Voir.ca, Julie Gagné, Light Attraction (Web), 2012
- Audio interview, Radio-Canada, C'est bien meilleur
le matin, Marie-Ève Dumulong, Toronto (CA), 2012
- Video
interview, Mois Multi, Québec (CA), 2012

Mois Multi, Québec (CA), 2012. Photo : Isabel Rancier

Created in 2011-2012

Techinque:
Transparent plastic canvas sheets, 10 steel pipes, 4 moving lights, 2 stroboscopic lamps,
2 haze machines, 4 speakers, 2 subwoofers, computer, MIDI controller, music software,
multimedia software and audio effect unit.

Dimensions:
366 x 610 x 366 cm

Credits:
Music, light, programming and design: Manuel Chantre / Production management: Mateo
Thébaudeau – Productions Recto­Verso / Programming collaborator: Thomas Ouellet Frédéricks /
Acknowledgement : Gaëtan Gosselin, Viviane Paradis, Mateo Thébaudeau, Émile Morain, l'équipe
du Mois Multi, Jasmine Pisapia du Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Danny Perreault, Jérôme
Arseneault, Francis Pineau.

A Mois Multi and Recto­Verso production.

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Mois Multi, Québec (CA), 2012. Photo : Manuel Chantre

Mois Multi, Québec (CA), 2012. Photo : Isabel Rancier

Mois Multi, Québec (CA), 2012. Photo : Manuel Chantre

Mois Multi, Québec (CA), 2012. Photo : Isabel Rancier

Mois Multi, Québec (CA), 2012. Photo : Manuel Chantre

Mois Multi, Québec (CA), 2012. Photo : Manuel Chantre

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