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Cao Fei, "Whose Utopia", 2006. Color video, with sound, 22 min. Courtesy Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Purchased with funds contributed by the International Director’s Council and Executive Committee Members, and Sustaining Members, 2007.130.

In today’s roundup, you’ll read about rabbits and cracked eggs, love in the Ole South, community art making in the Twin Cities, an amusement park in Paris, a family of photogenic dogs, artists in avian form, a sliced car on the move, and a few big awards, among other things:

  • On May 1, Season 4 artist Pierre Huyghe will present his performance piece A Live Situation (2009-10) at Le Jardin d’Acclimatation, a children’s amusement park in Paris. At the far end of the park  stands an empty building that was once a folk museum. An “identity crisis” led to its closing. Huyghe’s live experiment occupies this building and involves about thirty players. Some take the part of personnel: director, guard, archivist, receptionist, etc. Others, the “interpreters,” play out situations and stories of historical significance or from recent pop culture. Also involved are “authors of culture” and specialists from different fields; they perform in the roles of, for example, actor, model, singer, comedian, magician, mentalist, hypnotist, jurist, or lawyer. This project has unfolded over the course of one year and changes with every presentation. This will be the third and final episode.

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