Program: Thursday, June 6, 2019, 9pm - Bar Laika presents: Pierre Huyghe, Human Mask
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Thursday, June 6, 2019, 9pm          Bar Laika by e-flux, 224 Greene Avenue, New York, NY 11238, USA

Bar Laika presents: Pierre Huyghe, Human Mask

Pierre Huyghe, Human Mask (still), 2014. Courtesy of the artist; Marian Goodman Gallery, New York; Hauser & Wirth, London; Esther Schipper, Berlin; and Anna Lena Films, Paris. © Pierre Huyghe

Join us at Bar Laika for a screening of Pierre Huyghe's Human Mask (2014, 19 minutes).

The film opens with footage of the deserted site of Fukushima, the drone camera scaling the wreckage. This is followed by scenes of a monkey alone in an empty restaurant.
Human Mask is a bachelor rite.
A monkey wearing a mask of a young woman, trained as a servant, an unconscious actor of human labour and a drone, an unmanned camera programmed to perform tasks inhabit the same landscape of Fukushima, just after the natural and technological disaster in 2011.
The monkey, left on its own, executes, like an automaton, the gestures it had been trained to do, in a pointless pattern of repetition and variation. Trapped inside a human representation, the monkey has become its sole mediator. Sometimes enacting the role of a servant, sometimes inoperative, it is endlessly waiting, subject to boredom, left between instruction and instinct. 
Behind the mask, a descendant of a common ancestor; in front of it, a drone, a human extension.

Pierre Huyghe works at the intersection of fiction and reality, creating projects that point up multiple, complex narratives, often within pre-existing cultural events. In a rich body of work that includes installations, films, and sculptures, the Parisian-born Huyghe suggests the ways in which identity and subjective experience are deeply informed by particular historical moments. Huyghe's investigations into cultural production explore how media representations and social rituals shape contemporary reality.
Huyghe received the Hugo Boss Prize in 2002 and the Special Award of the 49th Venice Bienniale in 2001. He has had solo exhibitions at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; le Magasin, Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Stedelijk Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. His works have been shown in exhibitions at venues such as the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Zentrum fur Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany; P.S.1 Center for Contemporary Art, New York; Kunstwerke, Berlin; MAMCO, Geneva, Switzerlan; Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York, and Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England. His films and videos have also been screened in festivals such as the Festival de Mexico; Rencontres Internationales d'Arles, France, and the International Film Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

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