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Jean-Maxime Dufresne
From March 3rd 2006 to April 8th 2006
Trackers

Pitched into the midst of a reality fiction, several individuals wander through various areas of the city, their trajectory closely followed by the camera’s eye. The disruptive adversities of winter transform the situation into something of a trial as the subjects test the weather shifts and silent intervals of a city in the grip of a storm. And as they undertake their slow traversals, panning the altered landscapes and weather-marked topographies, anonymity, isolation, and wandering become inextricably manifest in the criss-crossed cityscape in which they negotiate their presence, their apparent quest for shelter echoed in observations on the transformed spaces.

"Trackers" produces a “mental geography” of these passages by freely revisiting certain mediating devices in sports imagery and adventure documentaries (slow-motion breakdown, objective camera). Instead of the complex points of view frequently employed in such productions, I attempt to reveal an imagination that lingers on incidental happenings along the way, pushing the limits of low-tech capture in the field, while intentionally blurring forms of authentication of experience. The attention given to physical movement, evinced in the treatment of video and sound, then reveals a whole series of frictions and moments of inertia. In the gallery, the installation makes visitors a witness to these trekkings, draws them into the process of an action of which they can sense the rhythm connected with the physical effort.

Treading the snow-covered ground, tracing, breaking one’s momentum, observing, recording, tracking...
– Jean-Maxime Dufresne

The artist would like to thank Virginie Laganière, Thomas Ouellet Fredericks, Maude Smith Gagnon as well as the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for its support.

Jean-Maxime Dufresne holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture and will be completing a master’s in interactive media, in 2006, at Université du Québec à Montréal. Themes of psychogeography and technological mediation continue to nourish his work, which touches on modes of experiencing urban and social territories and on the transformations that shape them. In this connection, he recently created the video and sound project "Rest Area" (Interstices / Galerie Art-Mûr, 2004), plus the multipartite projects "Hot Spots" (Dare-Dare, 2005) and "Surfaces de réparation" (AXENÉO7, 2003), which he co-produced with Virginie Laganière. Since 2002, he’s been a member of the urban exploration workshop SYN-, with whom he participated in the "Hypothèse d’insertions" and "Prospectus" interventions in Hull-Gatineau and in Montreal’s inner city (AXENÉO7, CCA extra-muros). At the same time, Dufresne helps organize the "Périphériques" events.