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The Host and The Cloud

A film by Pierre Huyghe en MACBA

By Joan Morey 05.05.14

Pierre Huyghe (Paris, 1962) has an innate ability to disquiet the Art scene with difficult to classify works of great forcefulness. His recent retrospective exhibition at The Pompidou Centre in Paris included almost fifty projects from the artist bringing together the diversity of languages ​​and media which he uses in the construction of his discourse, full of real life situations, natural environments and critical moments for organic life. Such features make his works subject to continuous change and generate fluid narratives, given that Huyghe is more interested in transitions rather than conclusions. These factors provide the viewer with a different experience over the multiple instants during which the work lasts; in this way Untilled (2011-2012) in dOCUMENTA13 (Kassel, Germany) features objects of a sculpted natural, construction materials, fertilizer, various plants and a hound with a pink paw (which greatly influenced the artistic imagination here) to draw us into a project which deals with the loss of artistic control (as indicated by its title: “uncultivated land”).

Museu d’Art Contemporari de Barcelona (MACBA) presents the film The Host and the Cloud (2009-2010) a performance piece carried out within the interior of an empty building that was once a museum, converted into a temporary home for a group of subjects whose actions fluctuate between the choreographed and the improvised. Carried out within very different situations, from a court case to a dance, from a hypnosis session to sexual acts, these characters investigate behaviours that explore the line between reality and fiction.  

  • Pierre Huyghe

    Pierre Huyghe. The Host and The Cloud, 2009-2010. Courtesy: Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris. Photo: Ola Rindal

  • Pierre Huyghe

    Pierre Huyghe. The Host and The Cloud, 2009-2010. Courtesy: Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris. Photo: Ola Rindal

     

    All the action takes place within the old Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires in Paris (founded in 1937 and closed in 2005) known for its extensive collection of artefacts that offered an overview of traditional French society, its rural essence and crafts from the 19thC up till the 1960s. Huyghe uses the empty rooms, stairwells and basements as a backdrop to explore disturbing situations (with and without a script) which leads us to see the film as a confusing and excessive experiment. The Host and The Cloud redraws the cartography of a strange society in which chance, improvisation and spontaneous happening are ever present as in the rest of his works.

  • Pierre Huyghe

    Pierre Huyghe. The Host and The Cloud, 2009-2010. Courtesy: Marian Goodman Gallery, New York and Paris. Photo: Ola Rindal

  • THE HOST AND THE CLOUD
  • DEL 28 DE ABRIL AL 12 DE MAYO 2014
  • MACBA. PLAÇA DELS ÀNGELS, 1 08001 (CIUTAT VELLA-RAVAL)
  • www.macba.cat