“No Ghost Just a Shell” is a project that was initiated in 1999 by Philippe Parreno and Pierre Huyghe, two of France leading contemporary artists. They acquired the copyright for a figure called ‘Annlee’ and her original image from the Japanese agency K-works, which develops characters for the Japanese Manga industry. They then offered ‘Annlee’ free of charge to a
series of artists, ‘commissioned’ by the initiators, to be used for their ‘own’ stories.
Each of the projects realised with ‘Annlee’ is a “chapter in the history of a sign”, and has a ‘life’ in the context of the individual artists’ activities and within the joint project.
M/M (Paris) have been asked by Philippe Parreno and Pierre Huyghe to design the generic poster for this project. The title “No Ghost Just A Shell” was created by M/M. Subsequently, certains of the artists involved have asked M/M to design specific posters for their episodes as well: Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s “Annlee in Anzen-Zone” ; Francois Curlet “Witness Screen” ; Pierre Joseph “Theorie du Trickster”.This posters have appeared in various exhibitions and shows worldwide in numerous galleries and museums, more recently in the Kunsthalle Zurich; at the SF-MOMA, San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art; and at the Van AbbeMuseum in Eindhoven, where they are now part of their contemporary art collection.
Through their work in fashion, art and music, Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak of M/M (Paris) are among the most influential graphic designers and art directors in Europe. After meeting at art school in Paris, Amzalag and Augustyniak co-founded M/M in 1992. From their Paris studio, they have forged longstanding collaborations with fashion designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Nicolas Ghesquiere at Balenciaga, the photographers Craig McDean and Inez van
Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, the artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno, or more recently with Bjork for whom they have directed their first video (“Hidden Place”, 2000), designed several albums and conceived her book. Since 2002 they’ve also been appointed as creative constultant and art director for one of the world leading fashion magazine, Vogue Paris.