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A people is missing - Le peuple qui manque, "A Governement of Times"
from November 2015 to end January 2016

Méthode Room is an International Curatorial Residency in South Side Chicago conceived and curated by Guillaume Désanges, in partnership with Rebuild Foundation, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the Institut français
A peoples is missing (Aliocha Imhoff and Kantuta Quirós) is the second guest selected to participate in the Méthode Room. 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.

Aliocha Imhoff and Kantuta Quirós are curators and art theorists based in Paris, as well as the founders of the curatorial platform a people is missing - le peuple qui manque. Being at the crossroad between contemporary art, theory and research, a people is missing produces exhibitions, curatorial projects and international symposiums. Among the last exhibitions they have curated : La frontera nos cruzo (Museo de la Inmigracion, Buenos Aires, 2015) ; Post-exotism (New Haven Fort, UK, 2015) ; Cinéma Permanent in Leiris & Co, Centre Pompidou Metz, 2015 ; Beyond the Magiciens Effect, Fondation Gulbenkian, Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers, 2015 ; The Accelerationist Trial, Centre Pompidou, 2014 ; Geography is used, primarily, to make war, Museo de la Memoria, Bogota, 2014 ; A Thousand Years of Non Linear History, Centre Pompidou, 2013. They recently edited the publication Géoesthétique, a collective project focussing on the spatial turn in art (Editions B42, 2014), and Afropolitan Histories of Art, a double issue (nos. 53-54) of the journal Multitudes (2014). Kantuta Quirós is an Associate Professor at the l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Nantes. Aliocha Imhoff teaches at Université Paris 1.

December 12, 2015 – January 25, 2016

Exploring chronopolitics, the exhibition that will take place in the Méthode Room/Archive Room will display curators’ ongoing researches, documents and artists’ films. Summoning concepts from recent historiographical renewal, the exhibition focuses on alternative temporalities put forward by artists, overlapping temporalities - a spectrality of memory and speculation - to rethink the staging of times. The « temporal devices » exhibited are together imagining a multi-temporal and non-presentist contemporaneity and finally, tend toward a new politics of time, and even more, a possibility to govern the times differently : to imagine a « differential government of times », as it has been advocated by the philosopher Daniel Innerarity in his book, The future and Its Enemies(Stanford University Press, 2012)
Featuring art works by Rasheedah Phillips & Black Quantum Futurism/ Mark Tribe / Daniel Eisenberg / Jean-Stéphane Bron / Sven Johne / Roee Rosen / Milo Rau / Armin Linke / …

The exhibition will propose as well a lexicon of temporalities, a semantic of times as a toolbox for the regime of historicity to come.


End of January

Along the exhibition, a symposium-performance gathering artists, filmmakers and theorists will be an opportunity to create a temporary parliament called a ’Government of Times’, especially thought for the context of Chicago .

Presentism don’t satisfy us, go back to modernism either, let’s invent a new one !
What is the next regime of historicity to come ? What is the relationship between past, present and future we need to invent and deploy for the future ? What politics can we initiate to provoke a new shift ? Finally, how art can contribute to that new regime ?
The symposium will be using a diplomatic scenography, opening with a space for statements and complaints, and following with diplomatically negotiated proposals, during which we will collectively work on inventing other regimes of historicity, acknowledging the power of fiction and thought experiments to produce scripts and scenarios that act as performative operators of possibles.

Crédit photographies : Le peuple qui manque