School spirit

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Dis voir, 2003 - Art - 156 pages
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The first in a new series from Dis Voir, Encounters asks a well-known contemporary artist to decide which subjects he or she wants to discuss in their book. Each artist's book therefore offers a specific experience in terms of content. In accordance with this principle, each artist also selects a person -- due to certain elective affinities -- with whom he or she would like to share this exchange. At the very least, the resulting collaborative volumes serve as an artistic and political laboratory of the present. In this first installment, French artist Pierre Huyghe chooses to encounter Canadian writer Douglas Coupland, author of Generation X, because of the influence Coupland has had on his generation and on Huyghe's own work. Together they discuss the construction of characters, of narrative techniques based on chance, and the political dimension present in Coupland's work -- themes that are also fundamental questions on Huyghe's projects.

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Pierre Huyghe was born in 1962 in Paris, where he currently lives and works. In 2000 he was a DAAD artist in residence in Berlin. Huyghe's videos and installations, which often use film as a departure for investigating a contemporary society saturated with representation, have been presented in numerous solo exhibitions, including shows at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Renaissance Society, Chicago; Musee de l'Art Contemporain, Montreal; Musee d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva; and the Tate Modern, London.

Douglas Coupland was born December 30, 1961 on a Canadian military base in Baden-Soellingen, Germany. He graduated from Sentinel Secondary School in West Vancouver in 1979 and went on to McGill University. He was unhappy there and went on to Emily Carr College of Art and Design. He has said that these were the best four years of his life. He graduated in 1984 with a focus on sculpture and moved on to study at the European Design Institute in Milan. He also completed a two-year course in Japanese business science in Hawaii in 1986.He soon began writing for magazines as a means of paying the bills. He soon started work on his first novel Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture which was published in 1991. His second novel Shampoo Planet focused on the generation after Generation X and was published in 1992. This generation was termed "Global Teens". His career has consisted of writing, sculpting, and editing and he also hosted The Search for Generation X, a PBS documentary, 1991. Douglas Coupland has also worked on a magazine called Wired . He wrote a short story about the life of the employees of Mocrosoft Corporation. This short story provided inspiration for his novel Microserfs.

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