"Streamside Day," production still (2003)

"Streamside Day," production still, 2003
Film and video transfers, 26 minutes, color, sound.
Photo by Guilherme Young.
© Pierre Huyghe, courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris/New York.

"I was interested in creating a ritual that the people in the town would actually celebrate because it’s based on what they share. On a more abstract level, what interested me was to find the coefficient- the part of the fiction that was contained within the particular situation. I’m always doing that- trying to amplify the part of fiction that is contained in a reality, in a given situation. I was trying to find where the potential was in this new town. I was not interested in filming the reality as it was given. And I’m not interested in building fiction. What I am interested in is setting up a reality, building a situation, constructing a world, and documenting it."
- Pierre Huyghe