26.OCT.2017 - 11.FEB.2018
Philippe Parreno:
La levadura y el anfitrión

Museo Jumex presents La levadura y el anfitrión (The Yeast and The Host) the first exhibition in Mexico by French artist Philippe Parreno.

One of an influential generation of artists emerging in the 1990s, Parreno has pioneered new forms of art through collaboration, participation and choreographed encounters where ‘’the exhibition is conceived as a scripted space, like an automaton producing different temporalities, a rhythm, a journey, a duration.’’ His most ambitious installations have used systems to orchestrate the exhibition. These have included musical notations, weather patterns, and living organisms to trigger sound, video and lighting conditions within the gallery. For Museo Jumex, Parreno presents an expanded proposal over two floors. Combinations of new, existing and re-edited works are overlaid to produce different realities and experiences in an ever-changing composition.

At the centre of the exhibition, on the second floor of the museum, is the control centre. Here a bioreactor breeds yeast connected to a computer that remembers the program of a past exhibition (Anywhen, Parreno’s Tate Modern Hyundai Commission 2016 in London). These living colonies are now exposed to a new context and are reacting to it. The dynamic systems trigger the order of appearances of events in the gallery space such as the projection of a film or the sound and light movements that reverberate throughout the building. By turning control of the show over to natural systems, Parreno’s work explores the realm between the human mind (el anfitrión) - the host that choreographs the exhibition and other spectral forms of intelligent or emergent matter and activity.

Recent exhibitions include:
Philippe Parreno: Synchronicity, Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, 2017; Philippe Parreno: A Time Coloured Space, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal, 2017; Philippe Parreno: Thenabouts, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image), Melbourne, Australia, 2016; Philippe Parreno: Anywhen, the 2016 Hyundai Commission for the Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, 2016; Hypothesis, Hangar Bicocca Milan, Italy, 2015; H {N} Y P N {Y} OSIS, Park Avenue Armory, New York, USA, 2015 and Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2013

Installation: Philippe Parreno. Marquee, 2017
  • Parreno, Philippe

Exhibition organized by Museo Jumex
Ixel Rión, Curatorial Assistant

Alejandro Campos
Carmen Fregoso
Claudia Romero
Francisco Cortés
Horacio González
Mateo Barreiro