No 3 2006
Blueprint of a Spectacle
Pierre Huyghe's Celebration Park
22/07/06 Olivier Michelon
Not many artists can claim two consecutive major retrospectives in museums in Paris and London. Pierre Huyghe is working on the most significant mise en scène of his entire career. A continuing story told in various chapters, Celebration Park uncovers the complex key to his oeuvre.
Just recently he created a newspaper which perfectly matched the design of the newspaper in which it was inserted, namely, the Belgian dailt, De tijd. The editors of De Tijd were shocked when they arrived at their desks in the morning to find an unknowninsert in their own newspaper. Sven Augustijnen plays with the veracity of fact by presenting his fiction as documentary. On the off chance that it is the truth, then it's the truth about stealing.
What drives the fervent use of the alias in contemporary art? Will Bradley investigates the origin of the pseudonym tracing it back to political activism in the 19th century, when the pen name functioned as a means to fight against various forms of injustice. Today the battle has been won, certainly in the arts, but the nom de plume persist. Who is this modern-day third person?
The Lessons of Digital Identity
On the internet the imagination is king, particularly in role plays in which you and I can participate and take on a different identity in the form of avatars we have made up ourselves. The games may have been quite simple initially, but by now apparently perfect and extremely complicated imaginary worlds have been created, which merge seamlessly with real life.