Crossing the Line Festival 2019FIAF Crossing the Line Festival 2019 FIAF

The Host and the Cloud

Pierre Huyghe

VIDEO

Opening Reception
Thu, Sep 12 at 6pm

On View
Thu, Sep 12–Sat, Oct 12

FIAF Gallery
22 East 60th Street, NYC

Gallery Hour
Mon–Fri: 8:30am–9:30pm
Sat: 8:30am–5pm

A former ethnographic museum outside of Paris provides the setting for French artist Pierre Huyghe’s investigation into the nature of ritual. Centering on three separate days—the Day of the Dead, Valentine’s Day, and May Day—over the course of a year, Huyghe captures a group of people circulating in the museum and being exposed to external influences, that they repeat and modify. In navigating through the galleries, as well as history, various proceedings come into focus: a legal trial, a dance, a hypnosis session, and a coronation, among others. These live situations are presented by professionals or reinterpreted by people wearing masks of light.

The Host and the Cloud, will play on a continuous loop in the FIAF Gallery throughout Crossing the Line, from Sep 12-Oct 12.

The Host and the Cloud, 2009-2010
Film, HD video, color, sound
2 hrs. 1 min. 30 sec.
Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Sexually explicit content. For mature audiences only.

Photo Credits
Pierre Huyghe's The Host and The Cloud, 2009-2010
Slideshow: Images from 31 Oct 2009
Photos: Image from 31 Oct 2009; Image from 14 Feb 2010;
Courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York
Headshot: Pierre Huyghe
© Ola Rindal

Pierre Huyghe

Born in Paris in 1962 and based in New York, Pierre Huyghe works on situations that are often based on speculative models. The environments he creates are complex systems in which interdependent agents, biotic and abiotic, real and symbolic, are self-organizing, co-evolving in a dynamic and unstable mesh. Selected solo exhibitions include UUmwelt at the Serpentine Galleries (London, 2018), Orphan Patterns at the Sprengel Museum (Hanover, Germany, 2016), The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe, at Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, 2015), and Pierre Huyghe at Ludwig Museum (Cologne, Germany, 2014) and Los Angeles County Museum (2014). His work has also been featured in group exhibitions including After Alife Ahead at Skulptur Projekte Münster (Germany, 2017), Tino Sehgal at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2016), Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms at the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015). In 2017, Huyghe was awarded the Nasher Prize for Sculpture. He was also the recipient of the Kurt Schwitters Prize at the Sprengel Museum (2015), Roswitha Haftmann Prize in Zurich (2013), the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award (2010), the Hugo Boss Prize (2002), the Special Jury Prize awarded by 49th Venice Biennale (2001), and received the DAAD Artist in Residence grant in Berlin (1999–2000).

The Host and the Cloud
Pierre Huyghe

VIDEO

Thu, Sep 12–Sat, Oct 12
Mon–Fri: 8:30am–9:30pm
Sat: 8:30am–5pm

Opening Reception
Thu, Sep 12 at 6pm

FIAF Gallery

Pierre Huyghe

Born in Paris in 1962 and based in New York, Pierre Huyghe works on situations that are often based on speculative models. The environments he creates are complex systems in which interdependent agents, biotic and abiotic, real and symbolic, are self-organizing, co-evolving in a dynamic and unstable mesh. Selected solo exhibitions include UUmwelt at the Serpentine Galleries (London, 2018), Orphan Patterns at the Sprengel Museum (Hanover, Germany, 2016), The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe, at Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, 2015), and Pierre Huyghe at Ludwig Museum (Cologne, Germany, 2014) and Los Angeles County Museum (2014). His work has also been featured in group exhibitions including After Alife Ahead at Skulptur Projekte Münster (Germany, 2017), Tino Sehgal at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2016), Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms at the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015). In 2017, Huyghe was awarded the Nasher Prize for Sculpture. He was also the recipient of the Kurt Schwitters Prize at the Sprengel Museum (2015), Roswitha Haftmann Prize in Zurich (2013), the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award (2010), the Hugo Boss Prize (2002), the Special Jury Prize awarded by 49th Venice Biennale (2001), and received the DAAD Artist in Residence grant in Berlin (1999–2000).

The Host and the Cloud
Pierre Huyghe

VIDEO

Thu, Sep 12–Sat, Oct 12
Mon–Fri: 8:30am–9:30pm
Sat: 8:30am–5pm

Opening Reception
Thu, Sep 12 at 6pm

FIAF Gallery