A cast iron 35mm projector hanging in space. Digital lights guiding the way into the secret world of the projectionist’s booth. One voice, one trace. This work reveals the poetry and theatricality of the projection process. In the silence of the booth, we are reminded of the dismantling of a crucial era in film history, and of the gradual disappearance of the projectionist. Adding complexity to the story of film and light, it creates sculptural forms, a presence from a past. All affection, no nostalgia.
This exhibition of LUX is presented as a collaboration between Acadiana Center for the Arts and Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival. John Blouin is the festival’s first Artist in Residence. The 14th Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival will be held on January 23rd-30th, 2019.
During his studies, John Blouin became a projectionist at the National Film Board of Canada. He founded Cabina Obscura, a project dedicated to film performances combining 35-16 mm and digital projectors, shadows and live soundtrack. He has since shown his work in several cities and festivals, from Montreal to Beijing. As well, Blouin is interested in another side of the cinematography by making short films as Change Over, Filmstripe and Gate, a trilogy about the death of cinema.
John Blouin has just completed a short documentary with the NFB and Spira cooperative entitled Lou, La Vie ! He is currently in post-production with the NFB for Armand par Vaillancourt, his feature film about the famous sculptor.
LUX, a cinematographic installation, is his latest artistic work. Find more info at cabinaobscura.com