Pierre Huyghe Exomind (Deep Water)

12 October 2019 - 22 January 2020

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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 become 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.

For any enquiries please call on 21242183 or email info@micas.art

The MICAS International Art Weekend was organised with the kind support of Air Malta , Heritage Malta, Malta Tourism AuthorityMinistry 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.

About the Artist

Pierre Huyghe

Born in Paris in 1962 and based in New York, Pierre Huyghe works on situations that are often based on speculative models. The environments he creates are complex systems in which interdependent agents, biotic and abiotic, real and symbolic, are self-organizing, co-evolving in a dynamic and unstable mesh. Selected solo exhibitions include UUmwelt at the Serpentine Galleries (London, 2018), Orphan Patterns at the Sprengel Museum (Hanover, Germany, 2016), The Roof Garden Commission: Pierre Huyghe, at Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, 2015), and Pierre Huyghe at Ludwig Museum (Cologne, Germany, 2014) and Los Angeles County Museum (2014). His work has also been featured in group exhibitions including After Alife Ahead at Skulptur Projekte Münster (Germany, 2017), Tino Sehgal at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2016), Saltwater: A Theory of Thought Forms at the 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015). In 2017, Huyghe was awarded the Nasher Prize for Sculpture. He was also the recipient of the Kurt Schwitters Prize at the Sprengel Museum (2015), Roswitha Haftmann Prize in Zurich (2013), the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award (2010), the Hugo Boss Prize (2002), the Special Jury Prize awarded by 49th Venice Biennale (2001), and received the DAAD Artist in Residence grant in Berlin (1999–2000).

Photo credit: Ola Rindal

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