Pierre Huyghe’s work Exomind (Deep Water) lies between the continuity of living interconnected systems and separation. It comprises a sculpture, a living beehive, and a set of exchanges with the flora and fauna that surround it.
Situated within the dynamic ecosystem of Wied il-Luq, in Buskett Gardens, is the cast of a sculpture of a blinded, crouching, female figure. Its head is obscured by a hive, home to a colony of Buckfast bees that are in a constant process of building and extending its structure. This growth is only possible as part of the process of pollination of flowers in the area, so its constant modification is a visible expression of the entanglement of one form with hundreds, if not thousands of others. Understanding, communication and knowledge, all symbolically contained in the brain, here becomes an exo-mind in endless formation. These elements will be left to themselves to determine, or not, their own organisation and potential evolution.
Pierre Huyghe’s Exomind (Deep Water) was unveiled during the MICAS International Art Weekend and is organised in collaboration with the Serpentine Galleries, London, UK.
Location: Wied il-Luq, Buskett Gardens, l/o is-Siġġiewi, Malta.
Viewing times: Monday – Sunday, 9:00 – 15:00 HRS.
Please note that in case of bad weather, Exomind (Deep Water) will be covered to protect the active beehive.
It is advisable not to wear perfumes and aftershave as bees are sensitive to strong perfume.
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The MICAS International Art Weekend was organised with the kind support of Air Malta , Heritage Malta, Malta Tourism Authority, Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Restoration Directorate, ERA, Ambjent Malta, is-Siġġiewi Local Council, and Superintendence of Cultural Heritage.
Image: Exomind, 2017. Concrete cast with wax hive, bee colony, orange tree (Daidai), plum tree (Tobiume descendant), plants, sand, stones, calico cat, ants, spider, butterﬂy, concrete pond with waterlilies (Giverny descendants), axolotl and insects. Photo credit: Ichikawa and Kei Maeda. Courtesy of the artist; Taro Nasu, Tokyo; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; and the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine.