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 Portal: foraging for wildness in an urban forest
Video installation: projection, video delay, sound poem
“... It is valuable and disturbing to know that grand oak trees can take three hundred years to grow, three hundred years to live and three hundred years to die. Such knowledge, seriously considered, changes the grain of the mind.” - Robert Macfarlane, The Wild Places
We took as a launchpad the surreal visual environment reminiscent of (Alice’s) “Through the Looking-Glass” for “The Portal”. The video proposes a sort of ‘foraging for wildness’ in an urban forest. A sound poem tells stories evoking possible mythologies and forgotten histories of these decentred citified woods. Through a retroaction video system, viewers can participate in creating, with their own movements, an infinite number of visual and gestural compositions.
Art in the Open, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, (Canada), 2018.
Third Shift, Saint John, New Brunswick, (Canada), 2018.
Supported by:Canada Council for the Arts