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Pierre Huyghe, Umwelt (Environment) (detail), 2011, ants, spiders, dimensions variable.

Pierre Huyghe

Esther Schipper

Pierre Huyghe, Umwelt (Environment) (detail), 2011, ants, spiders, dimensions variable.

A few surprises awaited visitors to Pierre Huyghe’s show “Influants” even before they entered the gallery. The evening of the opening, for example, there was a little crowd assembled at the entrance: People were being allowed to enter only one at a time. A young man standing guard asked each visitor his or her name. And as soon as the visitor discreetly answered, he opened the door to admit the guest, announcing his or her name in a loud voice. It was certainly a bit embarrassing to be presented as one of the attractions—at least until it was the turn of the next guest to suffer the same fate. And in fact, as became clear only later, we had just experienced the first work of the show: Name Announcer (all works 2011). Aside from the other viewers, the gallery appeared completely empty and was illuminated to a bright gleam, a freshly renovated white cube. Entering this space

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