Aliocha Imhoff and Kantuta Quirós are filmmakers, art theorists and curators based in Paris, founders of the curatorial platform A People Is Missing. For several years, they have been developing a research project that calls for a new ecology of knowledge, based on curatorial formats, that present contemporary thought (diplomatic fictions, fictitious processes, staged controversies, assemblies and thought experiments on the subject at scale 1:1. Among their latest curatorial projects and exhibitions, Le procès de la fiction (Nuit Blanche, 2017), Une Constituante migrante (Centre Pompidou, 2017), A Government of Times (Rebuild Foundation, Chicago, Leipzig, 2016), La frontera nos cruzo (Museo de la Inmigracion, Buenos Aires, 2015), Post-exotisme (New Haven Fort, UK, 2015), Cinéma Permanent in Leiris & Co (Centre Pompidou Metz, 2015), Au-delà de l'Effet-Magiciens (Fondation Gulbenkian, Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, 2015), The Accelerationist Trial (Centre Pompidou, 2014), Le procès d’une polémique : Jan Karski, histoire et fiction (HEAD Genève, 2014), La géografia sirve, primero, para hacer la guerra (Museo de la Memoria, Bogota, 2014), A Thousand Years of NonLinear History (Centre Pompidou, 2013), Fais un effort pour te souvenir. Ou, à défaut, invente. (Bétonsalon - Centre d’Art et de Recherche, 2013), L’artiste en ethnographe (Quai Branly - Centre Pompidou, 2012), Que faire ? art/film/politique (Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, Beaux-Arts de Paris, 2010). They are also part of the editorial board of the journal Multitudes, the editorial board of the Prairies Ordinaires, in 2015-2016 they were part of the artists in residency of the programme the Method Room in Chicago, at the Rebuild Foundation.
Kantuta Quirós is Lecturer associate at the National School of Architecture. Alyosha Imhoff teaches cinema and art theory at Paris 1 University. They directed the publications Géoesthétique (Editions B42, 2014), Histoires afropolitaines de l’art, Multitudes 53-54 (2014), and published Les potentiels du temps, Manuella Editions, 2016. They are currently developing Les Impatients, a film-essay, a chronopolitical series.
“Our age has been described as the age of winter – an ice age for possibilities. Faced with this ‘crisis of the future’ that the early 21st century is undergoing. The Impatient Ones are those who work towards reconstructing the future (or futures). They are the same people who feel a sense of impatience towards a seemingly stagnant and immobile History.
Based on this crisis, this series arises from the urgency to rediscover possibilities for the future. Thus, we are left in search of traces and hints of possible futures, which we collect and gather together. We then seek to sew together these ‘bursts’ of possible futures, which many modern artists and thinkers express. We address this investigation like rhapsodes – the rhapsode who goes from town to town reciting poems written by others, the seeker, the liaison agent who, in the primary sense of the term, aims to sew and link together different spaces, continuously, as far as the limits of the inhabited world.
Each episode thus begins from a chronotope, a specific space-time, from which a temporal reflection is constructed. The people we film in Chicago, Detroit, Dakar, Paris, Leipzig and soon in Haiti and Lagos, embody crystals of time, far from the fiction of the homogeneous time of globalisation, far from the fantasy of global simultaneity.
We film in Chicago, in Detroit, where the crepuscular ruins of the sub-prime crisis and the wounds inflicted on the black community are contradicted by Afro-futuristic imagination and the Black Lives Matter movement. We film in Dakar, where seeds of a different future for Africa are beginning to sprout. We film in Leipzig, where the movement that would lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall historically started. We film in Paris, during Nuit Debout, where agendas were undone and where, like an epiphany, the shared joy of rediscovering political possibilities re-emerged.” — KQ & AI
A film by Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós (in progress)
Production: Spectre / Phantom
With the support of the Patronage Commission of FNAGP
Featuring Steven Shaviro, Krista Franklin, Amir George, Devin Cain, Devin King & Caroline Picard, Ytasha L. Womack, Joshua Rios, Ellen Rothenberg, Michelle Wright, Camille de Toledo, Ibaaku, Ican Ramageli (Agit’Art Laboratory), Felwine Sarr, Malick Ndiaye, Maurizio Lazzarato, François Hartog, ….
The first episode in Chicago/Detroit was shot during the Méthode Room residency programme led by Guillaume Désanges at the Rebuild Foundation (established by artist Theaster Gates) with the support of the French Institute, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the USA, the University of Chicago and the Théâtre de la Ville. Other episodes are in progress (Paris, Dakar and Leipzig, with the support of Leipzig’s Halle 14 Contemporary Art Centre).
Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós
Artists, researchers, curators, founders A People is Missing — FR