Friday, September 25, 2009

Pierre Huyghe speaks on Elsewhere

This is video #7 of the French Artist, Pierre Huyghe speaking on the idea of "Elsewhere" in relation to his work, "A Journey that Wasn't that was partially shot in Antarctica, and part in New York City's Central Park.

There are other videos in this series with Huyghe of the European Graduate School that can be found on YouTube, or the EGS website.

Pierre Huyghe was born in 1962 in Paris, France. He attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (1982-85). Employing folly, leisure, adventure, and celebration in creating art, Huyghe’s films, installations, and public events range from a small town parade to a puppet theater, from a model amusement park to an expedition to Antarctica. By filming staged scenarios—such as a re-creation of the true-life bank robbery featured in the movie “Dog Day Afternoon”—Huyghe probes the capacity of cinema to distort and ultimately shape memory. While blurring the traditional distinction between fiction and reality, and revealing the experience of fiction to be as palpable as anything in daily life, Huyghe’s playful work often addresses complex social topics such as the yearning for utopia, the lure of spectacle in mass media, and the impact of Modernism on contemporary values and belief systems.

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