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French artist Pierre Huyghe discusses his use of Anlee, a Japanese manga character whose copyrights he purchased and loans out to other artists.
“Normally this kind of sign [Anlee] is bought by people to make advertising or cartoon. It’s a support for narrative,” says the artist. “We give this character to different artists. Different authors speak through this character, in a certain way.”
Anlee has been featured in Huyghe’s One Million Kingdoms (2001), Two Minutes Out of Time (2000), and as part of No Ghost Just a Shell (1999–2003), a collaboration with artist Philippe Parreno.More information and credits
Producer: Susan Sollins, Charles Atlas & Nick Ravich. Camera: Martial Barrault. Sound: Gilles Metivier. Editor: Mark Sutton. Artwork courtesy: Pierre Huyghe. Thanks: Marian Goodman Gallery.
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Employing folly, leisure, adventure, and celebration in creating art, Pierre Huyghe’s films, installations, and public events range from a small-town parade to a puppet theater, from a model amusement park to an expedition to Antarctica. By filming staged scenarios, Huyghe probes the capacity of cinema to distort and ultimately shape memory. While blurring the traditional distinction between fiction and reality—and revealing the experience of fiction to be as palpable as anything in daily life—Huyghe’s playful work often addresses complex social topics, such as the yearning for utopia, the lure of spectacle in mass media, and the impact of Modernism on contemporary values and belief systems.