Sarah Wendt and Pascal Dufaux share an art practice that takes form in sculpture, media art, installation and dance. Their collaborative methodology seeks to imbue their projects with strange forms of temporality and heightened articulations of labour to draw forward an environment that melds science fiction to reality.
They live and work as uninvited guests on the traditional land of the Haudenosaunee, Mohawk and St. Lawrence Iroquoian inTiohtiá:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal.
The mountain moves while my fingernails grow
Video: 23 minutes
Temporality, stratification, geology, utopians and survivalists, pop-apocalyptic, someplace else, constructed protean objects, speculative design…
“...At that time, the slabs of rock that carried these present-day continents crawled apart from each other at a rate of a millimeter a year. They remained in this slow phase for about 40 million years. Then, around 200 million years ago the tectonic plates entered their fast stage, accelerating for 10 million years until they reached speeds of 20 millimeters per year, which is similar to how fast fingernails grow. ”
“The mountain moves while my fingernails grow” is a short video set against a backdrop of immense geological formations. Imagining the creeping of time, the changes to the landscape and the overall power of the earth, we sought to suggest that perception of the world can change, can move like a mirage in the distance.
Art tout-terrain x 24. Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée, Montreal, Quebec (Canada), 2021. Curated by Karine Larocque.
Tempo-Réel. Maison des Artistes, Winnipeg, Manitoba, (Canada), 2019. Curated by Alexandra Keim.
Screenings (with performance):
PERF: (Ré)activation, Axenéo7, Gatineau, Quebec, (Canada), 2019. Curated by Jean-Michel Quirion.
Who’s Your Mother? Women Artists of P.E.I., 1964 to the Present. Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, (Canada), 2019. Curated by Pan Wendt.
Symposium Puces 133. Temporary venue on waterfront, St. Armand, Quebec, (Canada), 2019. Curated by Marie-Claude Landry and Yann Pocreau.
Supported by: The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery & Parks Canada (Artist-in-residence program); Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.