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Philippe Parreno

Press release

Philippe Parreno – Manifestations

Manifestations is Philippe Parreno’s eighth solo exhibition with Esther Schipper. It includes works spanning various media: a granular soundtrack, a CGI film, atmospheric sensors, robotic systems, computer code, ice and water.
The exhibition connects “things” that, a priori, had nothing to do with one another; “things” that allow themselves to be summoned by repetitions, synchronicities, signals, or singularities.
Parreno creates events that respond to unfinished existences, lesser existences that need to be amplified and made more real. French philosopher Etienne Souriau (1892-1979) uses the beautiful term L’instauration to define the process. L’instauration is forever, indeterminate and uncertain. Manifestations of devices such as these whether a sound, an object, a situation or a landscape allows each to achieve “full radiance of reality” in scenes that are constantly replayed because they lack finality. 
They all manifest themselves in a regime of alternating presence and absence, appearance and disappearance, a system of pulsations, fragments, fleeting flashes, intermittences; which, according to French philosopher Bruno Latour, all suggest the occult. 
Parreno transforms his exhibition into a sympoïetic system, an exhibition produced collectively by the ajar assembly of objects. Every element of the exhibition has been conceived to be connected to one another, to look at, perceive, or see one another. This assemblage of objects constitutes an automaton that manifests itself in unpredictable ways. This Gamelan-like exhibition is not an orchestra made up of different instruments, but an instrument made up of different objects.