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Film For Friday

Pierre Huyghe A Journey That Wasn’t Video still Courtesy the artist

In this series of films we look at the themes from the Rebecca Warren exhibition and Modern Art and St Ives display. All exhibition visitors are welcome to take a seat and enjoy this selection of documentary and artists’ film.

20 & 27 October

Pierre Huyghe – ‘A Journey that wasn’t’

Huyghe discusses his work with Mark Godfrey, critic and lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art. Tate Modern, 5 July 2006, 10 minutes

Pierre Huyghe discusses his approach to making the video work A Journey that wasn’t, 2005, which is on show in Gallery 10 as part of the In Focus display, paired with the Alfred Wallis painting, Voyage to Labrador, c1936. He describes his way of working as a ‘movement towards the hypothesis’ – to have an idea for something, a desire that something exists, in this case, an Albino penguin.

‘I occupy both sides of a divide: I build up a fiction and then I make a documentary of this fiction. The point is: we should invent reality before filming it.’ (1)

A Journey that wasn’t has as a starting point the search for unchartered territory; new ice lands potentially exposed through global warming. Huyghe and his team are on a journey to Antarctica in search of the mythical Albino penguins via a performance and light show and mechanised penguin in Central Park, New York.

Since the early 1990s, Pierre Huyghe has created a variety of art works and collaborative projects that explore reality and fiction, memory and history. Well known for his ambitiously staged videos and large-scale installations that incorporate film, sculpture, sound and architecture, this journey to the Antarctic was to explore the notion of exploration itself.

Selected by Sara Matson, Curator: Exhibitions and Displays, Tate St Ives


(1) Huyghe in George Baker and Pierre Huyghe, ‘An Interview With Pierre Huyghe’, October, no.110, Autumn 2004, p.106.)

Film For Friday offers visitors additional perspectives and information on the exhibitions in the gallery, through ideas, documentary footage and related themes. If you have films you would like to see please email:

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Every Friday at 15.30–16.30

20 October – 6 January 2017

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