The installation Gobo gobo hey! presents a variation on the topic of the gobos. A gobo is a lighting technique consisting in “a physical template slotted inside, or placed in front of, a lighting source, used to control the shape of emitted light” (see Wikipedia). From this concept, Cécile Babiole proposes to make gobos in plexiglas with the help of a lasercutter and to project through them with a set of slide projectors.
The large scale projection system reveals the roughness of the fabrication process: it appears clearly that the laser beam heats up, deforms, burns, melts and blackens the plastic material. Depending on the speed of the beam, the matter is brushed or pierced. The visual result looks more like a hand writting with downstrokes and upstrokes, or even like paint spray graffitis, than to the product of a machine from the digital era.
The engraved patterns are inspired from the musical world, such as graphic scores, graphic notation elements, wave forms, all revealed by the light vibration that passes through them.
The title is a wink at the punk culture from the 70’s and expresses the destructive nature of the machine (“Gabba Gabba Hey” is a catchphrase associated with the Ramones, first American punk rock band).
More photos of the exhibition.