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Out of this world: Philippe Parreno's latest art installation in Paris

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Out of this world: Philippe Parreno's latest art installation in Paris

It's rare when an art gallery installation is so fully immersive that it makes you forget the outside world and live only in the haunting reality created by the artist. Philippe Parreno's latest exhibit,  Anywhere, Anywhere Out of the World, at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, gave me this experience. The huge multi-room, multi-floor space with its exposed brick and pipes meshed flawlessly with a show filled with light, sound, video and three-dimensional works. According to the Palais de Tokyo website, Parreno's purpose was to play "with symbols, words, and sounds, to alter the visitor's perception of the space" and turn it into "a quasi-living, perpetually evolving organism, into an automaton." Strangely, I felt as though I was walking through a horror movie set in an abandoned asylum. As though my brain and eyes could no longer be trusted. I listened to a piano play of its own accord while ash rained down from the ceiling. I pushed through a bookcase only to be trapped in an all-white room. I walked through a black basement filled with flashing lights and grating sounds. I felt the cold air hit my face in a space filled with a faux snow drift that made me feel trapped and alone. All of my senses were awakened. If you have any plans to visit Paris in the next few weeks, this full-museum installation is a must see. If not, perhaps these photos and ideas will inspire you to venture out of your comfort zone in the galleries of Canada. Philippe Parreno Anywhere Anywhere Out of the World Piano playing on its own with ash raining from the sky Philippe Parreno exhibit Philippe Parreno exhibit Philippe Parreno exhibit Philippe Parreno exhibit Philippe Parreno exhibit The exhibit runs until January 12, 2014.
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