"A Journey That Wasn't" (2005)

"A Journey That Wasn't," 2005
Animatronics and fur, 53 x 41 x 48 cm. Co-production of the Public Art Fund, New York. Photo by Xavier Veilhan.
© Pierre Huyghe, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York.

"’A Journey that Wasn’t.’ It’s called that because the journey happened . . . or did not. It was also kind of a mental journey, and maybe that’s the one I’m most interested in. I think of it as a process. The film is literally a process, a process of finding an idea and bringing it to light. You start with a hypothesis. If ‘if’ is my starting point, it’s that I’m trying to imagine that elsewhere- an island- should exist. I’ve heard that people say there is an albino penguin on this island. It’s a rumor; I’ve read about it. And on this hypothesis I take a boat, a real boat, and I try to find out if this hypothesis is true or not true." - Pierre Huyghe ...

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"’A Journey that Wasn’t.’ It’s called that because the journey happened . . . or did not. It was also kind of a mental journey, and maybe that’s the one I’m most interested in. I think of it as a process. The film is literally a process, a process of finding an idea and bringing it to light. You start with a hypothesis. If ‘if’ is my starting point, it’s that I’m trying to imagine that elsewhere- an island- should exist. I’ve heard that people say there is an albino penguin on this island. It’s a rumor; I’ve read about it. And on this hypothesis I take a boat, a real boat, and I try to find out if this hypothesis is true or not true."

- Pierre Huyghe

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