An artistic and literary journey through the soul of a dead and disembodied student, lost in the memories and infrastructure of a Californian High school.
In this first installment, French artist Pierre Huyghe chooses to encounter Canadian writer Douglas Coupland. High school yearbooks become the framework for constructing a narrative and characters and also for creating a meditation on memory.
“Huyghe and Coupland team up to explore the awkwardness and ironic sentimentality of high school. Culled from actual photos and real inscriptions from old '80s yearbooks, School Spirit exhumes the jocks, geeks and valley girls of a forgotten adolescence. The book is strung toghether by the story of one dead student, recalling the goofiness and despondency of the 'times of our lives'.” BlackBook Magazine
The photographs, videos and installations
produced by Pierre Huyghe (born 1962 in Paris, where he lives and works) question the
conditions of representing reality and the
shifts of meaning they give rise to. By using
the aesthetics of an underrated daily round,
the artists suggests the limits of our knowledge,
based restrictively on the interpretation
of the world. Situated somewhere between
reality and make-believe, and steeped in the
cinematographic world (repeats, remakes,
and so on), his videos lead the viewer to question
his own vision of the things surrounding
him, and his relation to collective memory.
Douglas Coupland (born 1961 in Baden Söllingen, Gemrany) is a Canadian writer, visual artist, and designer. His first novel, Generation X, was an international bestseller. He has published fourteen novels, two collections of short stories, and seven nonfiction books; written and performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company; and has penned a number of works for film and television. He is a regular contributor to the New York Times, Wired magazine, and the Financial Times.