Dylan Cote and Pierre Lafanechère are VJs, designers and media artists whose work probes and challenges our evolving relationship with technology. Through their solo and collaborative multimedia practice – which includes moving image, installation, audiovisual performance, sculpture and automata – the pair explore the plasticity of digital technologies, often subverting digital tools or techniques to raise questions about our increasingly digitised and data-driven lives.
Projects frequently take inspiration from the natural world, biological forms, and folklore. But through the application of dissident digital processes, the organic essence of each project gets inverted, mechanised or artificialised. From an origin of assumed truth they lead us into poetic confusion, presenting us with fictionalised fragments of the real world (as in Framed Earth and Earthsatz) or ancient myths functioning as machines (such as EMET).
They both work closely with musicians and audio, originally forming OYÉ in 2016 as a VJ collective. Today OYÉ is a visual art label and group of diverse visual practitioners who make interactive installations, immersive projections, light sculptures, workshops and conferences. Dylan Cote is an accomplished audiovisual performer who has produced live visuals and video scenographies for music festivals like Mutek, Astropolis and Dour, and has worked with a wide range of musicians, including Manu Le Malin, Bambounou, Teki Latex, Ben Klock, Kode 9 and more.
On Friday 3 June, Dylan Cote and Pierre Lafanechère will present an artist talk about selected works ahead of their performance of Earthsatz, a surreal remapping of the world made from Google Earth imagery.