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View of “Philippe Parreno,” 2010–11. Door: Your Days, My Nights (Door, Automation No.1), 2010. Marquee: Your Days, My Nights (Marquee), 2010. Pilar Corrias.

Philippe Parreno

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View of “Philippe Parreno,” 2010–11. Door: Your Days, My Nights (Door, Automation No.1), 2010. Marquee: Your Days, My Nights (Marquee), 2010. Pilar Corrias.

Rirkrit Tiravanija’s exhibition at Pilar Corrias was meant to close on December 1, 2010, but it continued; the artist’s name remained up on the wall next to the door. But now it was written not in red but in white on white, like ghost writing. In fact there were some slight modifications to the show, not by Tiravanija but by Philippe Parreno, achieved without removing anything. Among them was a phantasmagoric addition that was fully revealed only at night: Parreno added a three-handled entrance door equipped with a sensor so it opened automatically every time someone approached. Above the door was a small transparent canopy with a double row of lightbulbs on both sides and a sunburst halo of neon at the center, which lit up every time the door opened. A computer registered the activation of the lights during the evening of the opening, December 7, 2010, and repeated that pattern

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