RepostBy @formafantasma: "Pierre Huyghe - Human Mask, 2014 - A few years ago, a four-minute clip was posted on YouTube titled Fuku-chan Monkey in wig, mask, works Restaurant! The video opens with what appears to be a small girl in a dark school tunic.The girl turns to glance at the camera and it suddenly becomes clear that it’s not a child but a monkey wearing a white, Noh-like mask and a glossy, brunette woman’s wig with a bow.
The restaurant is Kayabuki, north of Tokyo – a traditional sake house that ‘employs’ two monkeys, Yat-chan and Fuku-chan, as waiting staff.
When the artist Pierre Huyghe saw Fuku-chan Monkey in wig, mask, works Restaurant!, he was fascinated by its pathos, its sheer weirdness, and by the ambiguous things it says about the ways in which animals and humans relate.
In 2014 Pierre Hughe directed a short movie called “Human Mask”
The clip was partially shot on a drone camera in Fukushima in 2011 after the earthquake .
Huyghe filmed the monkey in the empty restaurant where she works. Her isolation, her disguise, her sadness – all are almost unbearably touching for reasons that are hard to fathom, but then incomprehension is central to Human Mask.
He has choreographed a deeply artificial scenario in order to explore something profoundly real about the assumed superiority of man over nature and about the ethics of using animals to satisfy very human needs.
From Frieze Magazine/Jennifer Higgie
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