Skip to main content

A Government of Times

from the South-Side of Chicago


logo-rebuild-foundationRebuild Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy, the Institut français and the Théâtre de la Ville, is pleased to welcome Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós as Curators-in-Residence of the Méthode Room, an International  Curatorial Residency program in South Side Chicago, directed by Guillaume Désanges. During their three-months residency, they will produce a two-part project that includes an exhibition and the production of a film.

, Chicago

A Government of Times

from the South-Side of Chicago

December 12, 2015 – January 25, 2016
Curators :
Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós

Featuring artists Black Quantum Futurism (Rasheedah Phillips, Camae Defstar), Mark Tribe, Daniel Eisenberg, Irina Botea, Jean-Stéphane Bron, Sven Johne, Roee Rosen, Milo Rau, Collectif Essai & Armin Linke, Philippe Moser & Frédéric Schwinger, Lia Perjovschi and featuring texts and documents by Walter Benjamin, Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek, Benjamin Noys, Camille de Toledo, Paul B. Preciado, Cristina Freire, Gloria Anzaldua, Fredric Jameson, Paolo Virno, Johannes Fabian, Reinhart Koselleck, François Hartog, Gilles Deleuze, Steven Shaviro, Hartmut Rosa, Kodwo Eshun, Mark Dery, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Raqs Media Collective, Zendka Badovinac, Jacques Derrida, Elizabeth Freeman, Robin Morgan, Yvan Schulz, Khan Yasir, among many others.


A Government of Times - cur. Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quiros
« Born from a modernity at the end of its rope, a « presentist » regime of historicity has emerged since the late 1980s. An exhibition and a one-day symposium will be imagining alternative regime of historicity for the future.

No one doubts that an order of time exists — or rather, that orders of time exist which vary with time and place. Historian François Hartog explored crucial moments of change in society’s « regimes of historicity » or its ways of relating to the past, present, and future. According to Hartog[1], contemporary Western societies have entered from 1989 a new “regime of historicity” (a synonym for temporal order) into a « presentist regime of historicity » defines it as a temporal order of static historicity, characterised by the end of expected horizons and as an invasion of the present into the realms of the past and future. How can we set time back in motion, to liberate us from the presentism to which we seem compelled in Europe particularly ?
On opposite side from presentism, new wave of contemporary accelerationism as social emancipation recently emerged[2], as a way to put time back in motion. The only way out of capitalism would be to take it further, to follow its lines of flight or deterritorialization to the absolute end, to speed-up beyond the limits of production and so to rupture the limit of capital itself. But, these new visions of acceleration are also problematic, being centralised and planificated scripts for the future. And, as Benjamin Noys added it, speed is, still, a problem. Our lives are too fast, we are subject to the accelerating demand that we innovate more, work more, enjoy more, produce more, and consume more[3]. Hartmut Rosa declares that today we face a ‘totalitarian’ form of social acceleration[4].

A Government of Times - cur. Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quiros
Exploring chronopolitics, the exhibition that will take place in the Archive House / Méthode Room will propose a lexicon of disruptive temporalities, a semantic of times as a toolbox for the regime of historicity to come, specially thought for the context of Chicago[5] and will display as well artists’ films and documents. 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. These « polychronic devices » 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). » (A.I.&K.Q.)


Screening at Black Cinema House the 6th December, 2015, 4 pm
Cleveland versus Wall Street (2010) by Jean-Stéphane Bron, 98 min
A film curated and introduced by Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós

A Government of Times

December 12, 2015 – January 25, 2016
Opening Reception : December 12, 2015 – 4 pm to 7pm
The Méthode Room – Archive House – Rebuild Foundation
6916 S. Dorchester, Chicago, IL 60637

Aliocha Imhoff & Kantuta Quirós will give a talk at 6pm.
The exhibition will be open to the public every Saturday from 2pm to 7pm and by appointment seven days a week (info(at)

Download the Press-kit



The Archive House / Dorchester House

The Archive House / Dorchester House

About Rebuild Foundation
Rebuild Foundation is a nonprofit organization created by artist Theaster Gates in South Side Chicago 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

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.

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.

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.

About Théâtre de la Ville was created in 1968 to present “art in the diversity of its theatrical, choreographic, and musical forms,” as stated by its founder, Jean Mercure. It has over the years become one of the most important cultural landmarks in Paris, mostly through its multidisciplinary and international dance and music productions.


A Government of Times - Flyer - Rebuild Foundation

A Government of Times – Flyer – Rebuild Foundation


Thanks :The artists, Guillaume Désanges, Ambassade de France aux Etats-Unis, Institut Français (Fabrice Rozié, Rima Abdul-Malak, Laurence Geannopulos, Denis Quenelle, Dorothée Charles), Rebuild Foundation (Theaster Gates Jr, Ken Stewart, Demecina Beehn, Jacqueline Stewart, Sabrina Craig, Amy Schachman), Théâtre de la Ville (Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota), University of Chicago (Dan Bertsche), Tricia Van Eck & 266, Work Method (Marine Eric), Logan Media Center (David Wolf, Ben Chandler), Carlos Quintero, Helena Hattmansdorfer, KLEMM’s (Anna Lalla), International Institute of Political Murder (Mirjam Knapp), Collectif Essai (Lisa Bergmann, Giulia Bruno, Klemens Czurda, Victor Fancelli, Florian Haag, Alper Kazokoglu, Armin Linke, Charles Mallison, Kerstin Möller), Xavier Wrona, Jérôme David, Michka Gorki, Yves Citton, Ytasha Womack, Amir George, Daniel Eisenberg, Dan Peterman, Cauleen Smith, Krista Franklin, Omar Kholeif, Megha Ralapati, Camille de Toledo, Irma Dixon, Daniel Tucker, Julie Marie Lemon, Yesomi Umolu, Floyd Webb, Devin Cain, Elise Archias, Carine Le Bihan.


[1] At the time this book was first published, in 2003, it already talked of a crisis of time, but obviously not of the crisis that has engulfed the United States since 2008. However, it is not hard to see that links exist between the crisis, initially financial, which radiated out from the United States, and a world so enslaved to the present that no other viewpoint is considered admissible.
[2] Nick Srnicek et Alex Williams, #ACCELERATE MANIFESTO for an Accelerationist Politics, 2013. Nick Srnicek et Alex Williams, Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work, Verso, 2015,
[3] Benjamin Noys, Malign Velocities: Accelerationism & Capitalism, Verso Books, 2014
[4] Hartmut Rosa, Alienation and Acceleration. Towards a Critical Theory of Late-Modern Temporality (2010),
[5] Where Afrofuturism, which is related to the artistic and political history of Chicago (where Sun Ra started his career), presently proposes new possible emancipatory narratives to the Midwest neighbourhoods, abandoned and bankrupted, notably after the subprime crisis (Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago, and so on). Furthermore as form of speculative and prospective historicity, Afrofuturism invites us to consider Rebuild Foundation & Dorchester Project by Theaster Gates as afrofuturist  : from crisis negativity  to  new futures’ reconstruction.

Image : Black Quantum Futurism, courtesy the artists