Pierre Huyghe

Time Score and Timing

Date 1/22/07

Affiliation Artist, Paris and New York


Note: This lecture is co-sponsored by the California College of Art and the French Consulate and will be presented at CCA's Timken Auditorium in San Francisco, 1111 Eighth Street, from 7-8:30pm witih reception following.

Beginning with an introduction to the Association of Freed Time, this talk by Pierre Huyghe will focus on time based projects and exhibitions, scripted situations, and the construction of scenarios. While presenting his work, Huyghe will discuss a variety of methodologies, taking into consideration the exhibition as a form, the formats of representation as exhibition venues (theater, cinema, books, newspapers, parks...), placement and timing, the 'becoming image' of things, the exhibition versus the show, the principle of equivalence. Representation as a performative means, the activation of space, the rules of the game. Comedy, the recent mainstream attraction, celebration and celebrity.


Pierre Huyghe, born in Paris in 1962, lives in New-York and Paris. Huyghe explores the territory of reality and fiction, creating a site of convergence for interpretation, representation, and transformation. His work incorporates film, objects, and staged events such as celebrations, puppet shows, and musicals to address how we construct and translate experience. Although the final artwork often takes the form of a projected image, Huyghe's primary interest lies in the production of situations. Since founding the Association of Freed Time in 1995, Pierre Huyghe has sought to introduce new paradigms to the art exhibition by extending its temporal mode.

Since 1994 he has mounted solo exhibitions at institutions including the Tate Modern - London, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris/ARC - Paris, Carpenter Center - Cambridge, Dia Center for the Arts - New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - New York, 49th Venice Biennial (Pavillon Français), Musée d'art contemporain - Montréal, CentreGeorges Pompidou - Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago, Kunsthalle - Zurich, Museum of Art - Santa Monica, Wiener Secession - Vienna. He also contributed to Whitney Biennial - 2006, Documenta 11 - 2002, 48th Venice Biennial - 1999, Manifesta 2, European Biennial ofContemporary Art 1998, and to many other group exhibitions and festivals. Awards : Hugo Boss Prize, 2002, Special Award, Venice Biennial 2001, DAAD, Berlin, 1999-2000.

-- As of 1/22/07