VOX — Centre de l’image contemporaine

View of the exhibition Diane Landry. Celestial Mechanics, VOX, 2023

Diane Landry
Celestial Mechanics

2023 - 2026


Geneviève Marcil

With Celestial Mechanics, artist Diane Landry offers school-age audiences an artistic, philosophical and ecological reflection on the notion of time. Using everyday items and repurposed materials brought to life through movement, light, sound and video, she explores the distinct time scales specific to humanity, nature and the universe.

Through her creative, poetic lens, the artist transforms these simple objects–including bicycle wheel rims, plastic bags and water bottles–into long-term signifiers of our lifestyle choices. Diane Landry’s kinetic works will prompt children to ask questions about how time passes—quickly or slowly, as the case may be!

A complementary workshop on media archeology will give students the opportunity to think about the instantaneous nature of our current relationship to photography and video, and the technological advances that enabled this shift.

Specification sheet

Space requirement: Approx. 90 m² (1000 ft²)
Availability: starting September 2023

Exhibition components

Ursa Major, 2023: 13 photographic disks with automation
Ursa Minor, 2023: 1 photographic disk with automation
The Heaters, 2023: 5 sculptural components with photographs
Ursa Major, 2023: 13 photographic disks with automation
Mandala Naya (in the Blue Decline series), 2002: installation with automation
Ursa Major, 2023: 13 photographic disks with automation
Ursa Major, 2023: 13 photographic disks with automation
Icebreaker, 2013: video-performance, sound, 9 min 50 s
A Radio Silence, 2008: video-performance, 7 min 47 s

Educational Material

— Family booklet
— 2 educational workshops
— Scenario for the visit and educational workshops (English and French)
— Teacher's preparatory and extension document
— Video interview with the artist
— Online training for the educational team

Atelier de médiation dans l’exposition Diane Landry. Mécanique céleste, VOX, 2023

The Celestial Mechanics tour benefits from the financial support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.