Item description for School Spirit by Pierre Huyghe & Douglas Coupland...
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. Usuing a high school yearbook as the framework for a meditataion on memory.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.7" Width: 6.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 1 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2003
Publisher Dis Voir
ISBN 2914563078 ISBN13 9782914563079
Availability 0 units.
More About Pierre Huyghe & Douglas Coupland
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about School Spirit?
Fantastic One-Off from Coupland Apr 1, 2004
If you are a die-hard fan of Coupland, this is a must have. The narrative in the book is very, very short, reminiscent of a warm-up for Hey, Nostradamus! or Girlfriend in a Coma. Yet somehow it is very coherent and affecting by the end. The faux-yearbook entry text dispersed throughout is sometimes comedy gold and sometimes very sad and affecting. The overall "theme" of the book is the inconsequentiality, yet monumental drama that is high school life and it is handled very well. The montage of yearbook shots, and their juxtaposition with the text works very well. Also, note that the copy I ordered was the original non-trade paperback edition with the slipcover that is shown on Coupland's site (www.coupland.com). I believe there is a newer, trade edition and this may be the one you get if you order from this site UK, although I am not sure. In any case, this is undoubtedly an "art" book and may not be worth the price for someone looking for something more substantial from a literary perspective. However, if you love Coupland's style and want a unique item to add to your collection, this is an excellent little piece.
very little text, mostly pictures of 70s high schools Nov 14, 2003
Very little text, mostly photos from a high school in the 70s, with yearbook-syle quotes and classmate notes. Extremely short narrative of a ghost of a student inhabiting schools interspersed. If you're looking for substantial text from/about Coupland, pass. If you want a short, nutty post-modern fiction thing, this is it. Some of the photos are amusing, but most manage to make the 70s unglamorous and depressing.