Your favorite books transformed into an interactive work

Citizens’ favorite books come to life in the libraries of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu thanks to a multimedia work specially designed by the creative collective La Cargaison.

The work was installed for the first time in the silent space of the Adélard-Berger Library last week. It is now moving to the Salon Rouge of the Saint-Luc library, where it will remain until May 6.

Twelve selected excerpts from subscriber favorites come to life. Alain Farrar, Ahmet Altan, Serge Bouchard, Naomi Fontaine, Martine Delvaux, Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, Sylvie Drapeau and Michel Jean are some of the authors that will be discovered in this way.

This concept is inspired by the literary Potluck that had almost become a tradition in our libraries. Once a year, the actors met with the citizens to bring their favorite literary works to life. However, since the beginning of the pandemic, it had been impossible to carry out this activity.

Librarian Carole Laurin admits to having wondered in January about the dynamics of this event. To avoid setting up an activity that would later have to be cancelled, she quickly found another way to present it.

That was how he contacted the creative collective La Cargaison to find an idea. “I wanted to see how we could represent our favorite citizens,” she says. I didn’t want something static with a television where we would see an actor reading.”
To bring the concept to life, art directors Françoise Daucause and Thomas Hodgson drew inspiration from architectural projection (video mapping). They had the idea of ​​creating a bookshelf made up of books and objects from which you can see and hear the actors performing selected excerpts. Sounds, images and lights will enhance the experience.

It took a lot of work to find a short, sharp and interesting passage among the subscribers’ favorite books. The choice was heartbreaking at times due to the multitude of suggestions.
“We had to be able to find an extract that was understandable in itself,” says Carole Laurin. That is really a challenge. We had no room for dialogue and I wanted to have powerful excerpts that speak, make you want to read more or make you think.

The actors Jean-François Rivard, Danielle Beaulieu, Julien Dancause, Thomas Hodgson, Julie St-Hilaire, Manon Vigeant, Gilles Dancause, Marjolaine Quintal and Alexandre Belliard participated in the project. The team also benefited from the experience of actor Louis-Philippe Tardif.
It is not necessary to register to admire the result, it is a free entry, accessible to all.

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