Le Bestiaire

An installation by Romain Tardy
Music by Thomas Vaquié

Additional 3D animation & mapping tool: Joanie Lemercier
Production: Week of Francophonie in Cuba. With the support from CDA Enghien-les-Bains.
Coordination & project management: ANTIVJ
La Habana, Cuba, 11th of March 2011.

Le Bestiaire is a 12-minute long visual composition that can be perceived as a dynamic painting, incorporating elements of inspiration from both European and Cuban artists. Departing from the typical 3D aesthetics commonly associated with video-mapping, this piece embraces a more traditional approach to animate its visual components. Drawing influence from the works of renowned artists such as Hieronymus Bosch and contemporary Cuban artist Belkis Ayón, Le Bestiaire portrays a surreal mechanism operated by characters comprised of bones and shells, all within an ephemeral structure brought to life through the use of digital collage techniques.

Through careful choreography of light and movement, Le Bestiaire takes viewers on an entrancing journey. Each frame of the composition is meticulously crafted, capturing the essence of a moving painting. The nuanced details and intricacies of the visuals evoke a sense of wonder and curiosity, immersing the audience in a world where reality and fantasy seamlessly coexist.

Le Bestiaire stands as a testament to the power of art to transcend temporal and cultural boundaries. It encapsulates the spirit of collaboration and pays homage to the diverse artistic influences that have shaped its creation. By embracing a more traditional style of animation, the piece invites viewers to appreciate the craftsmanship and intricacies of visual storytelling.

With Le Bestiaire, audiences are transported to a realm where imagination prevails. It serves as a captivating exploration of the intersection between reality and the surreal, showcasing the boundless possibilities of artistic expression.