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Exhibition Detail
A Journey That Wasn’t
380 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4
Canada


February 1st, 2013 - April 1st, 2013
Opening: 
February 1st, 2013 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
 
 A Journey That Wasn\'t (detail), Pierre HuyghePierre Huyghe,
A Journey That Wasn't (detail),
2005, Installation dimensions variable. 16 mm film and high-definition video compiled and transferred to high-definition video, 21:43 minutes
© Courtesy of the artist & Marion Goodman Gallery, New York
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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.


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