The Magic Shield is a sound installation with automation and video projection.
The Magic Shield is a sound installation with automation and video projection. It is made of three bedframes, each draped with a white covering. The thin sheets served as screens for an assortment of mechanical paraphernalia built into the structure of the beds. Under them can be seen a skein of strings tensing and relaxing like ligaments in tandem with the movement of the bed’s wings. Their rising and falling lends an eerie weightlessness to the paper bedsheets. The three beds seemed to go from resting to waking, object to event, life to death, in a moment.
Landry developed The Magic Shield at Avatar and at Montreal’s Oboro New Media Lab in 2005. The installation was first presented at Oboro before coming to Musée de la civilisation for Folie/Culture’s Espaces bidules, an Avatar copresentation.