on ne répond pas à la question – contre toute attente, on procède

Edith Brunette
Le Mobile du Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides
MACL’s Mobile trailer, showing video by Michael Eddy, Infinite Cruelty, for nothing, 2016, Place des Festivités, Saint-Jérôme, 2017. Photo : François Lemieux

How can political questioning be applied to the weak points of democracy? What kind of democracy would emerge from this invitation to François Lemieux by Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides to use as tools a trailer, a plywood agora (Une place idéale, Alexandre David), and the sanctuary of art and its institutions? MACLA’s invitation to the artist was transformed into a collective project resulting in two days of performances, videos, and discussions — one day in Saint-Jérôme and the other in Gatineau. Invited to consider the question of municipal elections, the artists and authors involved tackled the issue head on by re-examining the forms that art gives to politics and its institutional rules: No comment in response to your question — contrary to expectation, we’ll forge ahead.

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