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'Eolith' Off-Site Group Show at Sault-au-Récollet Mill, Montreal

The Archive’s Time After


“not even the dead are safe”

(murmurs) 

our ruins are moving
our contemporaries are estuaries 
of the past 


trash heap

(holy, holy) 

our haunts in Rosemont
our zombie-bars on Beaubien
undead-ing it, deadnaming with privilege
last reprieve or afterimage of Dollar Cinema on Décarie 

“not even the dead are safe”
from pillage or ventriloquism 


the victor’s pen is blood red
 language swirls and caesueras in Bill 96
acephalic or anglo-centric
Republicans unnecessary, “antique Romans”: 


I can make a hundred of history’s leftists into
pet Lazurses, linen dress or death mask
a hundred more (dead) on the petition of support
for farmer’s markets and art projects 


Gogol’s dead souls—dead peasants for perestroika
Pizza Hut in conflict region
ruins’ owners’ wear sanctions
like red ribbons 

front matter and black materia
in memorium or rememoria


these fifteen ruins, theses on the sophistry of history
or
these fifteen ruins, theses of the lost loss of history 
in our hauntings we sell 

in ghost stories we sold 
only commodities 

disinterred gemstones and minerals
fracking the fractured turtle shell
 the caesuras spring pretenders and oracles
ruins shilled for shitcoins and NFTs 

the past was never pricier; the dead never more profitable
Faulkner says, the past is never over; it’s not even possible
Bergson says the past was never memory; full and irretrievable
Benjamin says in fifteen syllogisms, final swan song of the victorious 
the ruins belong to the victors, and the victors set the prerogatives. 

— Devin Wangert 

On parle ici de parcours inaccessibles desquelles émergent des scènes. Un moulin bâti sur la terre et l’eau ne broie, ne pile, ne pulvérise plus. Il ne transforme plus de matières diverses.
Jadis métaux, fibres, minéraux ? 

“Roulez pour savoir”.
 C’est là, dans cette absence, que le fantasme découpe chaque chose en son temps.
 Des manifestations, des items tentent tant bien que mal de se loger et de prendre place dans la narration des choses disparues.
 Elles n’ont jamais lu de livres, mais elles en écrivent.
Des amies imaginaires s’affairent à indiquer l’ignorance de tout ce qui arpente le lieu.
C’est table rase pour une génération d’objets magiques.
 C’est une visite d’opportunité : sonner aux vies calquées sur des acétates qui n’indiquent plus rien. La carte ne vous mène qu’à des cul-de-sacs, et vous vous sentez confortable d’être sans repères. Au détour d’un muret, un personnage vous laisse croire à vos visions, le tour est joué. 

note anonyme 

9.7.22

Andrew Rutherdale, Anjali Kasturi, Antoine Larocque, Bridget Hamel, Daniel Fernandes, Graham Wiebe, Hugo Laporte, Isaac Chao Healy, Lara Joy Evans, Mégane Voghell, Nick Castonguay, Youri Johnson

'Shadow Banned' by Michael Bussell at Plague Space, Krasnodar

'The Fault in our Stars' by Dimitris Gketsis at The Breeder, Athens

'Boreal Throne', Off-Site Group Project at Smena, Kazan

'BUZZ' by Karina Mendreczky, Katalin Kortmann Járay at FKSE Studio of Young Artis

'Dieu' by Mélanie Matranga at High Art, Paris

'Fantasy Lands' by Maggie Dunlap & Allan Gardner at Collective Ending, London

'Dead Season' by Vitaly Bezpalov & Karina Azizova at Spas Setun, Moscow

'Duru Duru' by Stefano Serusi at Galleria Arrivada, Milan

'Ø' by Andrea Nacciarriti at DISPLAY, Parma

'Vore' by Jenkin van Zyl at Rose Easton, London

'Bigag & The Bando' by Theodor Nymark at aaaa Nordhavn, Copenhagen

'Mitla' by Andy Medina at Estrella Gallery, New York

'INSIDE OUT' by Poupak Sarah Shoughi at Herrretics, Derbyshire

'LIBERTY' by Débora Delmar at GALLLERIA PÌU, Bologna

'HEARTH' by Liam Denny at Greenhouse Off-Site, Melbourne

'CANDALÙ' by Rachele Maistrello at Almanac, Turin

'Thought-Forms' by Andy Ralph Presented by Final Hot Desert, Nephi, Utah

'The Laws Of Hospitality' by Travis John Ficarra at Lindberg Galleries, Melbourne

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