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Guillaume Désanges / 8 rue Perdonnet 75010 Paris, France
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Guillaume Désanges is a free-lance curator and art critic, founder and director of Work Method, a Paris based agency for artistic projects. He organizes international exhibitions projects and lectures.
Latest projects : Concrete Erudition (2009-2011, Le Plateau-Frac Ile-de France, Paris) ; Wander (2011, Centre Pompidou Metz) ; Amazing ! Clever ! Linguistic !, An Adventure in Conceptual Art (2013, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Austria) ; Gestures of the mind (La Verrière, Brussels) ; "A Universal Exhibition, documentary section (Louvain-la-Neuve biennale, Belgium, 2013).
Guillaume Désanges est critique d’art et commissaire d’exposition. Il dirige Work Method, structure indépendante de production. Il développe internationalement des projets d’expositions et de conférences.
Derniers projets : Concrete Erudition (2009-2011, Le Plateau-Frac Ile-de France, Paris) ; Erre (2011, Centre Pompidou Metz, avec Hélène Guenin) ; Amazing ! Clever ! Linguistic !, An Adventure in Conceptual Art (2013, Generali Foundation, Vienne, Autriche) ; Des gestes de la pensée (La Verrière, Brussels) ; Un exposition universelle, section documentaire (Louvain-la-Neuve biennale, Belgique, 2013).
MÉTHODE ROOM / SOUTH SIDE CHICAGO RESIDENCY LAUNCH
"Georges Bataille, Architecture, Chicago and World Order – An Essay on General Economy", Xavier Wrona
15.08.15 - 30.10.15
REBUILD FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE
Méthode Room International Curatorial Residency Launches on the South Side of Chicago
Architect Xavier Wrona builds a temporary television studio to debate theories of architecture with residents of Greater Grand Crossing
CHICAGO, IL – Rebuild Foundation, in partnership with independent curator Guillaume Désanges, EXPO Chicago, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the Institut français, are pleased to welcome Xavier Wrona as an architect-in-residence of the Méthode Room residency program. On August 15, 2015, Wrona will begin a ten-week project, Georges Bataille, Architecture, Chicago and World Order – An Essay on General Economy. The project, the first in the Méthode Room residency series, will feature an exhibition at Rebuild’s Archive House and the launch of an architecture TV channel.
A practicing architect and associate professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Etienne, Wrona has long been interested in the connection between architecture and social justice. His exhibition will explore French intellectual Georges Bataille’s definition of architecture as a tool through which an ideologically dominant order manifests itself in space and time. Balancing theory with practice, Wrona’s goal is to “Move away from this theoretical edifice…to get back into a less theoretical, closer contact to reality. I wish to be able to talk with people of the South Side…to be able to engage, discuss, debate.”
To that end, Wrona and two assistants will build a temporary television studio in the heart of the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. Neighbors, community leaders, local business owners, aldermen, and City officials will be invited to the studio to share their definitions of the word, “architecture.”
Wrona is the first of three guests selected to participate in the Méthode Room residency program at the Rebuild Foundation, a project conceived and curated by French curator Guillaume Désanges. While in Chicago, residents will live at the Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, a 32 unit mixed-income housing complex redeveloped through a partnership between the Chicago Housing Authority, Brinshore Development and the Rebuild Foundation.
Photo Collage Est-ce ainsi from a picture of James W. Toftness
About Rebuild Foundation
Rebuild Foundation is a nonprofit organization that endeavors to rebuild the cultural foundations of underinvested neighborhoods and incite movements of community revitalization that are culture-based, artist-led, and neighborhood-driven. For more information, visit www.rebuild-foundation.org
About Guillaume Désanges
Guillaume Désanges is an independent curator and art critic. He is the Founder of Work Method, a Paris-based agency for curatorial projects. Désanges coordinated the artistic projects of Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers from 2001–2007. Recent projects include : Concrete Erudition (2009-2011, Le Plateau-Frac Ile-de France, Paris) ; Wander (2011, Centre Pompidou Metz) ; Amazing ! Clever ! Linguistic ! An Adventure in Conceptual Art (2013, Generali Foundation, Vienna) ; A Universal Exhibition, documentary section (Louvain-la-Neuve biennale, Belgium, 2013), Curated session : the Dora Garcia files (Perez Art Museum, Miami, 2014). Désanges is currently the curator at La Verrière (Fondation Hermès, Brussels), where he is organizing a series of exhibitions entitled Gesture of the Mind. http://guillaumedesanges.com/
About The Cultural Services of the French Embassy
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy provides a platform for exchange and innovation between French and American artists, intellectuals, educators, students, the tech community, and the general public. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the US including Chicago, the Cultural Services develops the cultural economy by focusing on six principal fields of action : visual and performing arts, literature, cinema, the digital sphere, French language and higher education. www.frenchculture.org
About Institut français
The Institut français is the agency of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for cultural action outside of France. As an agent of cultural diplomacy, the Institut français is a unique brand throughout 96 countries and in France. It ensures the promotion of artists, architects, ideas, works and industries that together present an innovative and dynamic image of creation in France. The Institut français contributes to the dialogue between cultures and enlivens professional communities in each sector of its activity, all the while participating in France’s cultural networks abroad. www.institutfrancais.com
"MA’AMINIM THE BELIEVERS"
at Tranzit Display, Prague.
08.06.2015 - 27.09.2015
with works from : Philippe Artières, Bérurier Noir, Werner Bischoff, Claude Blanchet, Gérard Bloncourt, Vladimír Boudník, Michele Colléry & Anaïs Prosaïc, Abouda Djouhra & Alain Bonnamy, Miroslav Fišák, Michel Fleurmont, Alva Hajn, Chris Marker, Mohamed Mazouni, Jean-Luc Moulène, F.W. Murnau, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Vilém Reichmann, Matthieu Saladin, Sadaoui Salah, João Silvério Trevisan, Philippe Truchet, Marie Voignier, Nil Yalter, Orhan Taylan, Yusuf Taktak, Canan Çoker, etc.
“Ma’aminim, the believers” unfolds a free montage of movies, posters, artworks as well as militant devices, ranging between idealist impulses and crepuscular visions.
Drawing on French local public and private collections (The department of Saint-Denis, the French communist Party and other political archives), and enhanced by some outside sources, the exhibition strives to feature, literally and metaphorically, a kind of regular swing of the pendulum of revolutionary energies in the time of history. With references ranging from past struggles to flocks of migrant birds, from history’s blind spots to its fixed points, from politics to poetics, this loose association is charged with a feeling of anxiety, like a "dreadful omen", between fever and dusky attitude.
The “believers” here are political believers, those who struggle for an ideal and aim at changing the world through collective action. Those who, generation after generation, dare to take the risk to confront reality through the creation of forms. Those who dream the future by inventing critical objects that directly echo back to their present.
The exhibition includes a special cut of extracts of militant films from the 60’s an 70’s looped in a regime of repetition, refrain (ritournelle) and obstinacy of images. It is articulated according to several recurrent steps : seeing, protesting, fighting, living together, coming back, being disillusioned, etc… Nevertheless, this endless loop of political struggle is not shut on itself, because the return is never definite, and never exactly back at its original point. Instead, let’s bet that this dynamic of flow and reflow of history might nourish a battery of eternal political energy.
Curated by Guillaume Désanges
assisted by Marine Eric and Cybèle Mavrokordopoulou
More information and a video lecture by the curator of the exhibition Guillaume Désanges at : http://www.tranzitdisplay.cz/
at LA VERRIÈRE, Brussels
02.10.15 - 05.12.15
Curated by Guillaume Désanges
La Verrière / 50 boulevard de Waterloo - 1000 Brussels
Monday to saturday 11 a.m to 6 p.m.