Lost In Place: Voyages In Video

Computer graphic illustration of figure walking in a dark cave setting
Pierre Huyghe
French, b. Paris, 1962
One Million Kingdoms
Single-channel video; color; sound; 6:46 min.
Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2019 (2019.018)
In 1999, artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno purchased the rights to a generic anime character they called Annlee. Over the course of three years, the pair invited thirteen artists to create works featuring the avatar in a project called No Ghost Just a Shell (1999–2002). This chapter, by Huyghe alone, follows Annlee as she traverses a computer-generated lunar landscape. She speaks in a voice synthesized from recordings of Neil Armstrong during the moon landing and lines from Jules Verne’s 1864 novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. As Annlee moves forward, the inflections of her voice generate the waves and valleys of the terrain through which she travels. The unstable, shifting landscape mirrors the content of the monologue as it slips erratically between fact and fiction.

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  • Jul 09–Aug 06

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    Danish, founded Copenhagen, 1993
    Flooded McDonald’s
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 21:00 min.
    Purchased jointly by Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Museum Purchase, and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, through the Board of Owner’s Acquisition Fund, 2015 (15.6)

  • Jul 16–Aug 13

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    Carlos Amorales

    Mexican, b. Mexico City, 1970
    Dark Mirror
    Two-channel video; color; sound; 6:14 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2007 (07.83)

  • Jul 23–Aug 20

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    Guido van der Werve

    Dutch, b. Papendrecht, 1977
    Nummer Negen (#9) The Day I Didn’t Turn with the World
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 8:40 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2008 (08.20)


  • May 14–Jun 11

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    Jacolby Satterwhite

    American, b. Columbia, South Carolina, 1986
    Birds in Paradise
    Two-channel video; color; sound; 18:20 min.
    Proposed acquisition, November 2020
    @ Jacolby Satterwhite / Courtesy of the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York

  • May 21–Jun 18

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    Hiraki Sawa

    Japanese, b. Ishikawa, 1977
    Single-channel video; black and white; sound; 9:20 min.
    Joseph H. Hirshhorn Purchase Fund, 2006 (06.2)

  • May 28–Jun 25

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    Chris Chong Chan Fui

    Malaysian, b. Borneo, 1982
    35mm film transferred to video; color; sound; 20:44 min.
    Museum Purchase, 2010 (10.2)

  • Jun 04–Jul 02

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    Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler

    Irish, American, Swiss, b. Dublin, 1965 / Swiss, b. Baden, 1962
    House with Pool
    Single-channel video; color; sound; 20:39 min.
    Holenia Purchase Fund, in memory of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 2006 (06.36)

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