Guillaume Désanges

Sunday, September 22, 7:30pm
SFU Woodward’s Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre

Artist Talk: Monday, September 23, 2013, 7pm
Western Front, 303 E 8th Ave., Vancouver BC

Because Marcel Duchamp is the freest man of the 20st century.
Because he made this fundamental liberty flourish, he would feed it, all the time, with every breath, every gesture.
Because this liberty is his artwork.
Because it is elegant.
Because it is radical.
Because this liberty is so relentless became natural, necessary, vital.
Because Marcel Duchamp is the nuclear force of Art : manifesting small frictions that create devastating explosions of meaning and emotion.
Because Marcel Duchamp is the one who invents a new politics of seeing.
Because Marcel Duchamp is a stowaway of the Arts who will in spite of himself end up at the bow of the ship.

―excerpt from the show Marcel Duchamp, a play by Guillaume Désanges & Frédéric Cherbœuf.


Guillaume Désanges is curator and art critic, and founder of Work Method, a Paris based agency for curatorial projects. In 2013 he created, with Federic Cherbœuf, the theater play Marcel Duchamp. He was co-ordinator of artistic projects at Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers (2001–2007) and curated the exhibitions Pick-Up at Public (Paris 2004) and STUK (Leuven, Belgium 2008), Untouchable (The Transparency Ideal) at Villa Arson (Nice) and Museo Patio Herreriano (Valladolid 2006-2007), Jiri Kovanda VS Rest of the World at gallery gb agency (Paris), De Appel (Amsterdam), and Centre d’Art Santa Monica (Barcelone), Child’s Play at Biennale Periferic, (Iasi, Rumania) and Nam June Paik Center (South Korea), Michel François, Plans for Escape” at SMAK (Belgium), Erre at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2001-2011 : Suddenly-Yet at the French National School Gallery, and Amazing ! Clever ! Linguistic !, An Adventure in Conceptual Art at Generali Foundation (Vienna 2013). He was guest curator at Centre d’Art Contemporain La Tôlerie and at the art centre le Plateau-Frac Ile de France, Paris, for the exhibition series Concrete Erudition. His performed conference projects, such as A History of Performance in 20 Minutes, Vox Artisti, his Masters’ Voice, and Signs and Wonders, have shown internationally. He is member of the purchase commission of the FRAC Lorraine and teaches at Paris Sorbonne University.