Le Traceur Immobile


Depicted as an immobile Parkour athlete, and connected to the Web, this interactive light sculpture is destined to eternally travel the internet. Bounding through hyperlinks, the tracer (Internet bot) vaults across global servers, landing at destinations of the public’s choice before generating a unique light display based on the server’s IP address. In this way, the artwork simultaneously shapes virtual and physical spaces. The illuminated interior changes in real-time, following the model’s passage through cyberspace, alluding to the universality of the web and, consequently, the social and political repercussions of this form of interaction.

Chantre’s œuvre finds inspiration in our relation with internet data and their geographic locations; our 21st century transportation. Realized in collaboration with the technology research institute, Optech, Le traceur immobile reveals the subtle collaboration woven into a canvas that we assume is individual, but remains ever more complex and collective in a global world.


- Cégep André-Laurendeau, College, Lasalle (CA), 2017-2020.
- World Design Summit Montreal, Montreal (CA), 2017
- Desjardins Group Tower, Espace Desjardins, Montreal (CA), 2017

Created in 2015-2017

Acrylic, aluminum, video projector, cloud computing, Internet bot, tablet, visual generative software

91 x 91 x 274 cm + 30 x 30 x 121cm  /  3 x 3 x 9 feet + 1 x 1 x 4 feet

2 copies

Realized in collaboration with Optech, a centre for technology transfer in optics/photonics. Concept, interactive visual,user interface design, system design, interactive scenario,technical drawing CAD, production:Manuel Chantre.

Optech: Denis Lafrance, Marie-Maude Baillargeon, Louis Bouchard, Jacques Bismuth,Marc-André Blais, Erick Jarry, Richard Lang, Mélanie Joncas-Latimer, Maroun Massabki, Julien Colimon, Mathieu Riendeau, Patrick Orsini, Philippe McKoy, Adam Roy, Yan Duval, Paul Philipps Jr.,Nathalie Plouffe, François Arsenault-Hubert.

Web programming:Pierre-Luc Blais, M-art productions inc,Production assistant: Émile Foucher, Assembling: Pierre Auclaire et Pierre-Mathieu Chayer, Programming: Sébastien Gravel, Model: Tommy Charest, Aknowledgment: Bruno Santerre

This project was made possible with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, Optech CCTT, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of  Canada (NSERC), Cégep André-Laurendeau, college