Pierre Huyghe - Le Château de Turing (2001)
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Le Château de Turing
The film of the exhibition.
What characterizes the Turing machine is first of all its universality: the borders between the cognitive modes of man, animal and machine are abolished. Among all the possible Turing machines, the one Pierre Huyghe presents contains three methods of data processing: human, alive and artificial. Here, the spectator is himself a calculating being, leading his investigation under the retroactive control of the Hal computer - which, in addition, directs computing processes that culminate in generating and exposing visual art works.
Much of Huyghe's work examines the structural properties of film and its problematic relationship to reality. His two-channel video The Third Memory (1999), first exhibited in a museum context at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The Renaissance Society in Chicago, takes as its starting point Sidney Lumet's 1975 film Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino in the role of the bank robber John Wojtowicz. Huyghe's video reconstructs the set of Lumet's film, but he allows Wojtowicz himself, now a few dozen years older and out of jail, to tell the story of the robbery. Huyghe juxtaposes images from the reconstruction with footage from Dog Day Afternoon, demonstrating that Wojtowicz's memory has been irrevocably altered by the film about his life.
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