Pierre Huyghe

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Pierre Huyghe, L’Ellipse (still), 1998.

An Other Cinema: Apparatus and Histories L’Ellipse
Pierre Huyghe

13 Minutes

September 6–20, 2021

Pierre Huyghe’s three-channel work consists of three images edited in sequence from left to right. The left and right ends of the screen are clips from Wim Wenders’s 1977 film, The American Friend. The center screen displays an episode using the film’s original actor, Bruno Ganz, shot by Huyghe years later. Twenty years later, the same actor takes a stroll through the streets of Paris, effectively filling the ellipse in Wender’s film. This insertion in a gap of narrative time connects the two original scenes to form one continuous real-time sequence. Huyghe’s intervention is a commentary on the logic of narrative film editing—a juncture where art and life, fiction and reality, past and present intersect.

L’Ellipse is presented as part of the program An Other Cinema: Apparatus and Histories, curated by Lukas Brasiskis and designed to precede the online symposium The State of the Moving Image (September 17–19).

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Film, Contemporary Art
Video Art, Time, Montage, Appropriation Art
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Pierre Huyghe (born in 1962, Paris) lives and works in New York. His works often present themselves as situated networks, a continuity between a wide range of intelligent life forms (biological, technological) and matter that learn, modify, and evolve. They are immersive, contingent and constantly changing environments. They are sites of possibility, excess of fiction, indeterminate and indifferent to categories and witnesses. For several years, Huyghe’s works have investigated alternatives to the human perspective in the manner of Untilled (Documenta 13, 2012) and Untitled (Human Mask) (2014). His work has been presented in various exhibitions around the world, and he has received a number of awards, including the Nasher Sculpture Prize (2017); Kurt Schwitters Prize (2015); Roswitha Haftmann Award (2013), the Smithsonian Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award (2010), the Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum (2002), the Special Award from the Jury of the Venice Biennale (2001), and a DAAD in Berlin (1999-2000). Most recently, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Okayama Art Summit 2019. His recent exhibitions include After UUmwelt, Luma Foundation, Arles (2021); UUmwelt, Serpentine Gallery, London (2018); and The Roof Garden, Metropolitan Museum, New York (2015). In 2012-2014, a major retrospective of Huyghe’s work travelled from the Centre Pompidou (Paris) to the Ludwig Museum (Germany) and to Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).


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