L'expédition scintillante Acte 2

  • 2002
  • Pierre Huyghe
  • Smoke and light system, sound
  • Upper block : 171.5 x 191.5 x 70 cm - Lower block 171.5 x 191.5 x 40 cm

The Scintillanting Expedition Act 2 (L’Expédition Scintillante Acte 2) 2002, shown for the first time at the Fondation, is an immersive work that Pierre Huyghe says works as “an object that is both beacon and stage, attractor and emitter.” Smoke rises from the lower section; in the upper section spotlight effects are programmed to follow Claude Debussy’s arrangement of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies 3 and 4. Color spreads throughout the space, recalling the first light shows, aimed at recreating the experiences of “inner travel” induced by psychotropic drugs, and Scriabin’s experiments with synesthesia for Prometheus.

© Adagp, Paris, 2020 Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery © Adagp, Paris, 2020. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage


Pierre Huyghe

Since the early 1990s he has been exploring the boundary between the production of the real and of fiction. His work takes different forms such as live situations, films, objects, photographs and drawings.

Huyghe examines many cultural, popular and scholarly themes such as science, science-fiction, literature, philosophy, archaeology, cinema, music, architecture and the work/life balance. His approach often involves collaborations with other artists as well as musicians, architects and scientists.

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