LA REPUBLIQUE, medio tutissimus ibis
LA REPUBLIQUE comes to Villa du Parc as a fictional perverted utopian project, a totalitarian space entirely devoted to the cult of wishy-washy consensus, individualism and the dilution of identity. Beyond the social-democratic dream of the extreme middle ground, a new form of coercion and authoritarianism is in the offing, one that is more pernicious than all of those that have gone before it.
Fueled by results of President Vertut’s thinking and artmaking over the last few years, LA REPUBLIQUE offers approaches to contemporary political speechifying through works that notably play on the ambiguity of artists’ place of residence as a site of power. As in the case of Fela Kuti and his compound, for example, the autonomous Republic can be a site for political protest, but here it is transformed into an authoritarian, scornful place of conformity. It is therefore demonstrated that conformism, right-mindedness and the politically correct, far from rendering people equal, institutionalize new mindless forms of governance.
Each artist is entrusted with a ministry within LA REPUBLIQUE. His/her intervention has been thought and produced autonomously on this occasion and may strengthen, invalidate or ignore the political line set by Président Vertut.
President Vertut has named
Charles Cuccu, he Minister of Form;
Pierre-Philippe Freymond, the Minister of Sciences;
Gilles Furtwängler, the Government Spokesman;
Jeanne Gillard et Nicolas Rivet, the Ministers of Education;
Fabrice Gygi, the Interior Minister;
Cédric Hoareau, the Minister of Housing and Mobility;
le collectif Indigène, the Ministers of Faith and Worship;
Alexandre Joly, the Minister of the Environment;
Laurent Kropf, the Minister of the Possibility of Reserves to Come;
Angèle Laissue, the Minister of Foreign Affairs;
Jean-Benoît Lallemant, the Defense Minister;
Beat Lippert, for all;
Nicolas Milhé, the Minister of Faith Victorious;
Julien Prévieux,the Minister of Employment;
Konstantin Sgouridis, the Minister for the Management of the End of the World;
Nicolas Wagnières, the Minister of Propaganda;
and Blaise Perret, the Minister "des Corées".
The waiting hall located in the first room of the venue features an exhibition of works dedicated to the greater glory of the Republic, created by the ministers and other artists (Jérôme Baccaglio, Beni Bischof, Antonin Demé, Fernando de Miguel, Stéphane Detruche, Karim Forlin, Aurélien Gamboni, Tami Ichino, Didier Hébert-Guillon, Loïc Martin, Lucia Moure, Vincent Odon, Blaise Perret, Laure Schwarz, Lorédane Straschnov, Caroline Vitelli, Cédric Vuagnat).
For the show opening, Saturday 18th January, it will also be the site of a performance by M. Blaise Perret at 6pm and by M. Gilles Furtwängler at 7pm.