Pierre Huyghe opening
CC invites you to the opening of the dystopian video work Untitled (Human Mask) (2014) by the French artist Pierre Huyghe. There will be free admission to all of CC’s exhibitions. Music by radio host and dj Mads Axelsen. The opening is from 5pm – 8pm.
Untitled (Human Mask)
Pierre Huyghe’s video Untitled (Human Mask) (2014) opens with footage from the nuclear disaster area of Fukushima following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The city is utterly ruined, its houses pushed away from their foundations and its streets empty of life.
An unmanned drone camera takes us into a restaurant that initially seems abandoned, but in a dimly lit room we come across a monkey that has been trained to act as a waiter. Like an automaton, the monkey continues to carry out the routines that its training has instilled in it. Without any patrons to serve, those actions form a pointless pattern of repetition and variation.
With the dystopian setting of Untitled (Human Mask) Pierre Huyghe points to the impact that human activity has on nature. Untitled (Human Mask) captures a number of significant themes in Pierre Huyghe’s body of work: the enigmatic and uncanny situations found in the film suggest a collapse of biological and cultural distinctions.
Pierre Huyghe is one of the most important contemporary artists of our age. His works blur the boundaries of established contrasts: the living and the lifeless, the real and the symbolic. Since the early 1990s Huyghe has worked with the exhibition format as a mode of presentation, challenging its conventional forms and setups.
Pierre Huyghe was born in Paris in 1962, now lives and works in New York and Chile.
He has presented countless solo exhibitions, including at MoMA, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; LACMA, Los Angeles; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Tate Modern, London; and Ludwig Museum, Cologne.