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This is the first exhibition in Ireland of a new film work by the French artist Pierre Huyghe. Streamside Day is a short film that explores the role of ideological and symbolic systems in establishing social rituals and traditions. The film opens with scenes from an Eden-like landscape and traces the formation of a burgeoning community located in the Hudson Valley, USA. As the film progresses a young family is seen relocating to a new housing development. Huyghue then follows the family’s routines as they join in the neighbourhood celebrations, which then becomes the main part of the film. Huyghe has gained international prominence for works that explore reality and fiction, memory and history. Incorporating film, sculpture, sound, and architecture in his diverse works, the artist intervenes in familiar narrative structures to investigate the construction of collective and individual identities.

Pierre Huyghe, Streamside Day, 2003. Streamside Day is an annual celebration. Event, mixed media, film and video transfers, 26 min, colour, sound. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery New York/ParisPierre Huyghe, Les Grands Ensembles, Vistavision transferred onto digital hard-disk, 7'41'' looped, 2001, exhibition view. Music by Pan Sonic. Copyright Marian Goodman Gallery Paris/New York. Photography: Laurent LecatPierre Huyghe, Streamside Day, 2003. Streamside Day is an annual celebration. Event, mixed media, film and video transfers, 26 min, colour, sound. Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery New York/Paris

 

This film was first shown at the Dia Foundation, New York. 

An exhibition guide, with an essay by Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA, accompanies the exhibition.

Please follow the link to view the essay from the exhibition guide by Rachael Thomas:

 Download: Streamside Day by Rachael Thomas ( Word 2000 – 32.5kb)

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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.

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