Radiant ou L’origine du regard

© P. Dufaux, 2007

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© P. Dufaux, 2007

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Radiant ou L’origine du regard

January 12 to February 9, 2008

Radiant ou l'origine du regard (large gallery)
Autour de vous (small gallery)

January 12, 2008, 5pm

Radiant ou L’origine du regard (large gallery)
It begins with a repeated observation. At night I walk along a canal. On the other side are lights. I see their reflections stretching out across the surface of the black water. As I walk I notice that, no matter where I am on the bank of the canal, the rays of light on the water follow me.

This makes me realise that a radiance unites my gaze with the visual effect of the reflections and the surrounding reality. The image I see is a moment of this radiance. There are as many radiating realities as there are points of view and images. This radiating projects images along a vector of depth that runs from there to here.

I then imagine that the two poles of my representation of the world are located at the two ends of this line, running from infinity to immediacy: the image of a landscape and the image of a face. A panoramic image of a landscape is therefore the kinetic moment which takes place when I turn around with my gaze pointed towards the periphery, while the panoptic portrait is the other kinetic moment when I turn around my subject, with my gaze pointed towards its centre.

Whether centripetal or centrifugal, it seems to me that all images are beams of light sweeping across space, with the intimacy of the gaze at their source. [P.D.]

Autour de vous (small gallery)
Capturing the 360° radiation of the visual substance of the human body. Twelve images chosen from the catalogue of panoptic portraits of eighty-eight people created for Atlas, an audio and video project carried out in collaboration with the composer Christian Calon.

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Pascal Dufaux

Pascal Dufaux has been making kinetic video machines and installing them in various exterior and interior spaces for several years. Reappropriating video surveillance cameras, these machines use a motorized mechanism to make the cameras rotate in orbits and scan their immediate environment. Just like probes sent into space, they inform viewers of their surroundings. Pascal Dufaux has presented his work in many venues in Canada, Europe, and other parts of the world.