A Manifestation of Objects

Philippe Parreno
November 1, 2019 – March 22, 2020

Exhibition view: Philippe Parreno, A Manifestation of Objects, WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2019–2020

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Exhibition view: Philippe Parreno, A Manifestation of Objects, WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2019–2020

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Exhibition view: Philippe Parreno, A Manifestation of Objects, WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2019–2020

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Marquee, 2016
Opaque Plexiglas, lightbulbs, neon tubes, DMX recorder, dimmers, transducers, light and sound program, opaque acrylic chains
60 x 187 x 80 cm

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Marquee, 2016
Opaque Plexiglas, lightbulbs, neon tubes, DMX recorder, dimmers, transducers, light and sound program, opaque acrylic chains
60 x 187 x 80 cm

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Marquee, 2016
Opaque Plexiglas, lightbulbs, neon tubes, DMX recorder, dimmers, transducers, light and sound program, opaque acrylic chains
60 x 187 x 80 cm

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Marquee, 2016 (detail)
Opaque Plexiglas, lightbulbs, neon tubes, DMX recorder, dimmers, transducers, light and sound program, opaque acrylic chains
60 x 187 x 80 cm

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Iceman in Reality Park, 1995–2019
Sculpted ice, stones, plinth with a manhole, sound installation, protocol
Dimensions variable
Height: 117 cm approx.
56 x 217 x 166 cm

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Iceman in Reality Park, 1995–2019
Sculpted ice, stones, plinth with a manhole, sound installation, protocol
Dimensions variable
Height: 117 cm approx.
56 x 217 x 166 cm

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Speech Bubbles (White), 1997 (top)
Mylar balloons, helium
68 x 109 x 29 cm approx. each

 

Wallpaper Marilyn, 2018 (wall)
Wallpaper with phosphorescent ink
Installation dimensions variable

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Wall for the Bride, 2018
Acrylic glass, copper lighting track, LED spotlights, electric plugs and power adapters
285 x 186 x 34 cm

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Wall for the Bride, 2018 
Acrylic glass, copper lighting track, LED spotlights, electric plugs and power adapters
285 x 186 x 34 cm

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

Wall for the Bride, 2018 (detail)
Acrylic glass, copper lighting track, LED spotlights, electric plugs and power adapters
285 x 186 x 34 cm

 

Photo © Yasushi Ichikawa

A Manifestation of Objects

Philippe Parreno
WATARI-UM, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
November 1, 2019 – March 22, 2020
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"This is a presentation or a re-presentation of objects that appeared between 1994 and 2007.

The title is a superposition of the dates in which the objects first appeared, starting from 1994 (The Speaking Stone), 1995 (The Iceman in Reality Park, made for the group exhibition Ripple across the water—curated by Jan Hoet—that took place in Tokyo Kirin Park) and finishing with the first Marquee appearance in 2007.

A superposition of dates produced this motif.

This motif gives the title a manifestation.

There is no synopsis to this.

There is no beginning and no end to it.

Here objects enter into a dialogue with one another.

Each object is connected to and can ‘see’ the others through a camera. Having access to the data about atmospheric pressure and wind direction in Shibuya, the objects are sensitive enough to react to precise events. They all react to air variations, to air exchanges.

Together they produce scenes that will occur between now and the completion of this series of manifestations, on March 22, 2020."  — Philippe Parreno

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