(Québec, Canada + France)
Looking like some type of space probe that might have landed from another planet, The Cosmos in Which We Are (2009–11) was in fact made in Montreal by Pascal Dufaux. Taking his inspiration from the Mars Exploration Rover, Dufaux has made his own vision probe to view life on Earth. A circling video camera is attached by robotic arms to an illuminated mirrored table that is set on a tripod. The camera moves around the perimeter of the table seeking out life and feeds back to monitors what it has detected. The result is not a readily recognizable world, but a strange, hallucinatory view of life on Earth.
Born in Marseille in 1963, Pascal Dufaux now lives and works in Montreal. His works have been featured in exhibitions in Canada, Finland, Mexico, France, Switzerland, and Germany. He participated in the first edition of the Biennale Internationale d’Art Numérique/BIAN in Montreal (2012); the Mapping Festival in Geneva (2012); and Lab30 in Augsburg, Germany (2012). His works have been exhibited at the Joyce Yahouda Gallery (2007, 2010) and OBORO (2008, 2012) in Montreal, the Centre en arts actuels Sporobole in Sherbrooke (2010), and the Centre de diffusion de la photographie VU in Quebec City (2007), among others. He has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec. Dufaux is represented by Galerie Christian Lambert in Montreal