Philippe Parreno

Critically acclaimed creator of science-fictional speculations on the future

Parreno shares with his sometime collaborator Pierre Huyghe a sense of long-term perspective and dislocation; his controlled sci-fi situations were installed this past year in a large solo show at the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai (one of two exhibitions in the city; in the summer he joined Anri Sala and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster at Pond Society – his second show of the year with Gonzalez-Foerster, alongside Huyghe and Daniel Steegmann Mangrané, at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in March, in the nature-inspired Infinite Garden: From Giverny to Amazonia), as well as in the critically acclaimed Anywhen at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London. The combination of video fragments, redirected live sound and floating Mylar fish ran on a six-hour cycle that was partly controlled by jars of yeast that sat in a room at the back of the hall. In creating exhibitions that guide us towards unimagined futures (and helping to steer Maja Hoffmann’s Luma Arles institution), there’s no one like him.