PHILIPPE PARRENO (born 1964) is a French artist and filmmaker, of Algerian heritage.
He was born in Oran, Algeria and is based in Paris, France. Parreno's work primarily revolves around the interrogation of the nature of an image, as well as the modes of its exhibition. He frequently draws on pre-existing material and then enriches it with his own, mostly narrative, ideas. He has recently had major shows at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and the Kunstverein Münich. He writes for many art magazines and is a regular contributor to Domus magazine. His work is included in the major collections of the Museum of Modern Art New York (MOMA), the Walker Art Center (USA), the Centre Georges Pompidou (France), the Paris Museum of Modern Art (France), the Guggenheim Museum New York (USA), the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and the Museum of the 21st Century (Japan).
In June 2006 Universal Film released a feature length documentary directed by Parreno and Scottish artist-filmmaker Douglas Gordon entitled "Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait". The film premiered out of competition at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The idea to this film was inspired by Hellmuth Costard's film ("soccer as never seen before") on Manchester United legend George Best in the year 1970.Costard used eight 16mm film cameras to follow Best, in real time, for the course of an entire game against Coventry City,the film was screened by german broadcast ARD in the year 1971.
He recently contributed a chapter to Sound Unbound: Sampling Digital Music and Culture (The MIT Press, 2008) edited by Paul D. Miller a.k.a. DJ Spooky.