Pierre Huyghe

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Pierre Huyghe (b. 1962, Paris. Lives and works in New York.)

Pierre Huyghe was educated at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Graphiques et Décoratifs. Huyghe has had numerous international solo exhibitions at such venues as the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2003), the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2002); the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2001); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2000); and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998).

He has also participated in a number of international art shows, including Documenta XI (2002); the Istanbul Biennial (1999); the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1999); Manifesta 2, Luxembourg (1998); the 2nd Johannesburg Biennial (1997); and the Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (1995). He was a recipient of a DAAD Artist in Residence grant in Berlin (1999-2000) and received a Special Award from the Jury of the Venice Biennale in 2001, where he represented France, as well as the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2002.

USHUAIA—A project as a collective experience took the form of a journey to Antarctica in 2005. A group of friends and strangers met in Ushuaia, Argentina, on 7 February to begin preparations to board the Tara, a vessel specifically designed for scientific research, which was to become their home for the following month

Departing on 9 Feb, they sailed to below the Antarctic circle for 4 days of sea towards a zone where islands with no name emerge and disappear without leaving a position or scale, and where an unclassified and solitary animal was reported to exist. The light changed below the Antarctic Polar Circle to 22 hours daylight a day. All fauna ceased to exist and most of the landscape was mineral and icy. A new territorial declaration was announced in the Antarctic seas, flying objects were used for the study of the frozen land from above, and the sound of the earth’s nature and magnetic fields was studied and broadcast. The boat sailed along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, stopping and sailing around the islands and coastlines on route, before making it’s way back to Ushuaia for 2 March 2005

VESSEL—Tara, ex-Seamaster, ex-Antarctica

Length 36 meters, Width 10 meters, Hull material Draught 16mm and 25mm high-grade marine aluminum Masts , 1.5 to 3.5 meters with fully retractable centerboards and rudders 2 x 27 meters, Sail area 400 sq. meters, Water capacity 6000 liters, Autonomy 1 year +, Built 1989
Capacity 18 people

ON BOARD—Céline Ferrier, Captain, Grant Redvers, First Mate Tifenn Kergomard, Chef Emmanuel Durand, First Mate Arthur Voirin, Engineer and Maryse Alberti, Renaud Sabari, Xavier Veilhan, Pierre Huyghe, Francesca Grassi, Aleksandra Mir, Jay Chung, Q Takeki Maeda, Jean Christophe Subra, Pascal Grinberg and the Doctor