“Nothing will have taken place but the place.” –Stephane Mallarmé
Philippe Parreno’s untitled solo exhibition at the Gropius Bau Berlin has yet to exist and will perhaps never exist as it is described here. This is not to say that it is any less real. To be sure, this show has many different modes of existence which, as of now, are purely virtual, sites of possibility which may or may not become actual. To date, the exhibition exists in various modes that have changed over time including one which can be experienced through VR headsets. Yet at this time, nothing appears fixed, the future that the exhibition takes remains open, and we can only imagine what Parreno intends to do.
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It seems certain that some old works will reappear. For example, a cuttlefish, an animal that turns up often in Parreno’s work will star in Anywhen, a film shot in 2016, which has recently been entirely re-
As we move through the exhibit, we begin to feel as if we had entered a dimension not organized according to our normal spatial coordinates. This is an inner space, a purely mental landscape, a site animated by a paranoiac logic. In a back room, sits a bioreactor, consisting of a beaker in which micro-
Philippe Parreno, Anywhen, 2017 (film still). © and courtesy Philippe Parreno.