Pierre Huyghe. A Journey That Wasn’t
01 Feb 2013 - 01 Apr 2013
A Journey That Wasn’t is a fascinating 25-minute colour film by internationally renowned French artist Pierre Huyghe. The artist's work navigates between fact and fiction, proposing that reality is so unbelievable that "to tell it the right way, you must tell it as a fiction." In A Journey That Wasn't, Huyghe merges two events of his creation: an Antarctic expedition in search of an albino creature rumoured to exist on an uncharted island exposed by receding ice, and a re-enactment of that voyage as an elaborate concert and lightshow in Central Park in October 2005. Part nature documentary, part science-fiction movie, and part musical, the resulting cinematic experience shifts between the exploration of sublime terrain and orchestrated spectacle, leaving us to decide whether, as the title suggests, the journey even happened.
Pierre Huyghe. A Journey That Wasn't 2005(detail), poster 2006. Installation dimensions variable. 16 mm film and high-definition video compiled and transferred to high-definition video, 21:43 minutes, and poster. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. © Pierre Huyghe / SODRAC (2010) Photo courtesy Marion Goodman Gallery, New York