By Means Of A Sigh / Jean Dubois & Chloé Lefebvre

Curated by Dooeun Choi for the 2012 ZERO1 Biennial with support from the National Endownment for the Arts

By Means Of A Sigh (2008) is a video installation allowing the viewers to interact with giant sized video images projected in a public space. Two faces seen in profile are connected to one another other by a chewing gum bubble that they can both inflate and deflate. The viewer can call a phone number displayed on the screen and blow into his cell phone to animate the characters’ respiratory movement. This interaction will go on until the balance is broken and the bubble bursts on one side, separating the characters. Here, the viewer becomes accomplice to the characters, the work, and to other viewers. Thus, he is placed in an equivocal position where he can maintain or break the image equilibrium.

ZERO1 Urban Screen
300 S. 1st Street
Premieres September 13 at 9pm
With additional screenings through December 8, 2012

Jean Dubois & Chloé Lefebvre

live and work in Montreal, Canada

Artist website


Jean Dubois produces media installations that deal, in a poetic and critical way, with interpersonal relationships in order to produce the effects of encounters with characters and environments. He teaches at the École des arts visuels et médiatiques of Université du Québec à Montréal, co-leads the Groupe de recherche et de création Interstices and serves on the board of directors of VOX, centre de l’image contemporaine.

Chloé Lefebvre never limited herself to the use of a single medium: her work combines video, photography, sculptural objects and installation. Her artistic approach is tinged with irony and playfulness, taking into reflection the everyday life. She holds an M.A. degree in Visual and Media Arts from Université du Québec à Montreal. She is a member of the Clark Gallery where she serves on the board of directors.