Louis-Philippe Rondeau’s research is focused on exploring the outskirts of photographic portraiture, calling into question certain empirical conventions of the photographic image such as immediacy, vantage point and planarity.
His interactive installations offer a different take on portraiture. Mainly revolved around the mirror’s modus operandi, they provide a distorted record of the interactors’ appearance via marginal representation apparatuses that seek to question the relationship between viewer and artwork. They compel us to reconsider the conventions employed in the mediation of images, specifically those regarding the representation of space and time.
He is a professor at the School of Digital Arts, Animation and Design of UQAC, and his practice stems from his years working in the area of visual post-production in Montreal.
LOUIS-PHILIPPE RONDEAU [CA]
METAMORPHOSIS - MONTREAL
Arsenal Contemporary Art [QC - CA]
10.1 - 10.31, 2020
LIMINAL is an interactive installation that embodies the inexorable passage of time. It seeks to reify the limit between present and past.
An arch of light appears in the darkness: it is a temporal portal. When we cross this threshold, our reflection projected on the adjacent wall seems deployed in time thanks to the slit-scan technique. In this visual metaphor – the past constantly taking over the present – we see our image fading inexorably into the oblivion of white light. In a sense, the work emphasizes that all light is the manifestation of events that have already occurred - the twinkle we see in the night sky is but a bygone snapshot of the stars.
The sound from the work is spatialized – the tone is altered according to the position of the interactor in the portal – which translates into a musicality that incites the public to perform in the present, paving the way for the past. When they cross, the sound is allegorically sculpted by the gestures of the performers. They improvise strange choreographies that light transcribes into images in which bodies seem transformed by singular experiences of time.