Inventing the possible - Ephemeral Video Library

1, Place de la Concorde, Paris, 75008
Admission: EUR 10 (entry to Jeu de Paume, this exhibition is free) 
THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER OPEN - it ended on 08/02/2015
Opening Times
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 1100 - 2100
Wednesday: 1100 - 1900
Thursday: 1100 - 1900
Friday: 1100 - 1900
Saturday: 1100 - 1900
Sunday: 1100 - 1900
Closed on December 25, January 1 and May 1.
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  • Le Jardin d'Attila
    © Martin Le Chevallier
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    © Ursula Biemann
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This exhibition is the second from a series devoted to the representation of history in contemporary art, through the prism of memory, identity, and loss. The first one was displayed in 2010 under the title "Faux Amis". This new exhibition is oriented towards what happens afterwards, examining the invention of a possible future or a utopian future.

Different videos we selected which explore, with varying degrees of humour or feeling for tragedy, our perplexity in the face of the failure of the modernist utopias and the attempts at re-evaluation that have been made since the end of the 20th century. This second "Video Library" let people watch videos freely on individual screen or chose to appreciate the work on large screen.

The visitor can create his own programme and return whenever he likes to the rooms dedicated to the project. This "Ephemeral Video Library" is intended to be a provisional archive of videos made over the past ten years in very varied contexts and regions: from the desert in Kuwait to the Amazonian rainforest, from the north of Canada to Senegal and Indonesia.

Documentary or fiction films, animated, experimental or performance films, the selected videos often present accounts that are imbued with a layer of mystery or enigma. These works all have the aim of creating new energies, building imaginative possibilities awaiting a potential realisation. Imagining, in the original Latin sense of the word (imaginary), means creating images in order to be able to invent. Thus, these videos raise questions articulated around themes that frequently intersect with each other, such as the re-evaluation of the past, the ecological sensibility, the impact of education and the notion of “community”. These works invite viewers to invent new possible alternatives.

© Jeu de Paume