Philippe was one of the filmmakers of Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait. Mogwai performed live to the film for MIF13. For more information, please visit the event page by following the link in the left hand panel.
Philippe Parreno rose to prominence in the 1990s, earning critical acclaim for his work, which employs a diversity of media including film, sculpture, performance, drawing and text. Parreno has radically redefined the exhibition experience by conceiving his shows as a scripted space where a series of events unfolds. This is a question of creating, in a given volume, as much space and time as possible by folding and unfolding the space onto itself.
Parreno used this format in his most recent exhibition, Dancing around the Bride at the Philadelphia Museum of Art where, as metteur-en-scène (orchestrator), he activated the role of time and motion around the artworks of Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg, and Duchamp. At his eponymous exhibition at the Serpentine gallery in 2010 spectators moved in groups from room to room following a soundtrack.
Parreno’s current exhibition, The Brides and The Bachelors, is on show at The Barbican in London until June 2013 and is curated by Carlos Basualdo in collaboration with Erica F. Battle. The varied sequence of Parreno’s subtle orchestration of live and pre-recorded sound around the works of Cage, Cunningham, Johns, Rauschenberg and Duchamp is arranged in concert with live dance performances, enabling the exhibition to change over time.
The artist's solo show at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow (opening March 3rd 2013), curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, will show his most recent work, Marilyn (2012). Marilyn is the portrait of a ghost. The film conjures up Marilyn Monroe through a phantasmagoric séance in a suite at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, where she lived in the 1950s. Here, the image is taken from the point of view of the deceased Marilyn. The film reproduces Marilyn Monroe’s presence by means of three algorithms: the camera becomes her eyes, a computer reconstructs the prosody of her voice and a robot recreates her handwriting. The Hollywood icon is incarnated in an image that is in fact an automaton, something resembling a human, and yet not quite real.
In June 2006, Universal released a feature-length documentary directed by Parreno and Douglas Gordon entitled Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait, which premiered out of competition at the 2006 Cannes film Festival. Since this project, Parreno has worked with internationally acclaimed film and sound crews including sound artist Nicolas Becker, sound mixer Cyril Holtz, cinematographer Darius Khondji, and film editor Hervé Schneid.
His work is represented in the collections of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Kanazawa Museum of the 21st Century, Japan; MOMA New York; Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tate Modern, London; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Recently, Parreno has presented solo exhibitions at Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel (2012); Serpentine Gallery, London (2010-2011); Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York (2009–10); Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2009–10); Kunsthalle Zürich (2009) and Centre Pompidou, Paris (2009). Parreno lives and works in Paris.