"Michel Amathieu, Djamel Benameur, Jacques Chaban-Delmas, James Chinlund, Maurice Cotticelli, Hubert Dubedout, François Dumoulin, Ebenezer Howard, M/M Paris, Pierre Mendès-France, Miko, Neyrpic, Alain

  • 1999
  • Philippe Parreno
  • 35mm film transferred to HDCam and DVD, color, stereo sound
  • 6 min. 30 s.
The trees are newly planted and children have hung colourful plastic bags from their branches. The soundtrack was provided by AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, and its disjointed rhythm adds to the poetry of the memory.

© Philippe Parreno. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo © Philippe Parreno. Photo © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Argyroglo


Philippe Parreno

Preferring projects to objects, Philippe Parreno began examining different approaches to narration and representation in the 1990s, through film, sculpture, performance, drawing and text.

He is interested in the exhibition as a medium, and is constantly questioning and reinventing its format. In 1999 the No Ghost Just a Shell project, launched with Pierre Huyghe, invited 20 artists to bring to life the manga character Ann Lee, to which they acquired the rights. Through collaborations and polyphony, the project was built up with images and text, stories and signs, disrupting the rules of media. Another important collaboration was the portrait of Zinedine Zidane made with Douglas Gordon, a high-impact visual study of the paradox of a deceptive image (Zidane, 2006). In the 2000s, ghosts, ventriloquists and robots began appearing in his films, posing the question of the origins of storytelling.

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