Uumwelt

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French philosopher and artist Pierre Huyghe brings his exhibition “Uumwelt” to the Serpentine Galleries.

The works shown are moving reproductions of images developed through brain scans of people being asked to think about a specific object. At times, the images created in the mind of the beholder resemble so well those of existing things or animals that it is difficult to imagine these being imaginary reconstructions created by someone’s mind.

Buzzing through the Serpentine are sporadic flies, born and bred and fed on sugar to die in the gallery. They, too, are attracted to the glowing screens. The presence of flies helps make sense of the title of the show—and German word—uumwelt: a way of seeing the world that is all our own. This is particular to flies which see if differently with their minuscule eyes and particular to each human being.