LOOP Comes to DC

August 8th - September 16th

CityCenterDC invites Washingtonians and visitors alike to discover Loop, an original interactive installation by world renowned artists Olivier Girouard and Jonathan Villeneuve. The installation, which was first presented as part of the 7th edition of Luminothérapie at the Place des Festivals in the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal in 2016, will be presented from August 8th to September 16th, 2018, and consists of 6 giant zoetropes – an animation device that combines film, music and optical illusion. When a zoetrope is activated, images are shown in rapid succession, creating the illusion of motion.


Loop is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar. The retro-futuristic machine plays animated fairy-tale loops set in motion when visitors work the lever together. When the cylinder starts spinning, it lights up, making the series of still images appear to move. A flickering strobe effect accompanies the black and white images, like in the very first motion pictures. The animation is visible from inside or outside the cylinder and can be viewed from up close or far away. The speed at which the images move, the frequency of the flickering and the tempo of the music are determined by how fast the participants move the lever.