Program 2016

Pascal Dufaux

France/Canada (1963)

Alien Camera


Le Corbusier designed Villa “Le Lac” like a domestic machine to watch the landscape, and the villa soon became a laboratory for contemporary ideas for the architect. For this installation, Pascal Dufaux was inspired by images from the Mars Explorer Mission (2004) broadcast in almost real time by NASA’s robots. Like extra-terrestrial bodies that have landed on Earth in search of a human presence, video recording devices are placed in various areas of the Villa. These devices detect the movements of visitors and transcribe them almost instantaneously into video sequences made up of images recorded three seconds, 30 seconds and three minutes earlier. The artist reminds us of the omnipresence of surveillance cameras in our daily lives, and invites visitors to become the subject of the exhibition itself.

A production by Villa “Le Lac” Le Corbusier
Curating: Patrick Moser
Le Corbusier’s Villa Le Lac was added by UNESCO to the World Heritage List in July 2016.