Pierre Huyghe Artist Spotlight

Director: Pierre Huyghe

Institute History

  • 2007 Sundance Film Festival


As a growing number of accomplished artists work with film in increasingly sophisticated ways, exciting new independent cinema is found in today's art world. Internationally renowned artist Pierre Huyghe's artwork explores the way media representations arbitrate our experience of ourselves. His films draw on a variety of media sources, from Hollywood films to literature to news events. This program presents an anthology of Huyghe's film work from 1997 to 2006 and reveals an interesting, thought-provoking cinematic progression.

Blanche Neige Lucie (1997) takes a reflexive look at the woman who was the voice of Snow White in the original French version of the Disney animated film. Third Memory (1999) focuses on the criminal who was the subject of Sidney Lumet's Dog Day Afternoon. In 2001, Huyghe acquired the copyright to an existing, but unused, manga character and created a world generated by the voice of an astronaut in One Million Kingdoms. In 2003, his films acquired a decidedly longer form with Streamside Day, a look at the emergence of a suburban community out of pristine wilderness. This Is Not a Time for Dreaming (2004) examines the artistic commissioning process, and his latest film, A Journey That Wasn't, sonically and graphically transposes an Antarctic search for an albino penguin onto Manhattan's Central Park.

— Shari Frilot

Screening Details


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