Propositions for the AIDS Museum


director: Philippe Dumaine
coordinator: Mylène Bergeron
production manager: Nicola Dubois
lights: Hugo Dalphond
space: Steeven Pedneault
video : Maude Arès
costumes: Danièle Simon + Philippe Dumaine
music composition: Mykalle Bielinski
with: Maude Arès, Jordan Arseneault, Antoine Beaudoin Gentes, Mykalle Bielinski, Philippe Dandonneau, Joseph Elliot Israël Gorman, Patrick R. Lacharité, Keven Lee, Danièle Simon
guests*: Dr. Jean-Pierre Routy (24/04), Puelo Deir (25/04), Anne Golden (27/04), Atif “Trannietronic” Siddiqi (28/04)

group show
135 min
bilingual (en + fr)

April 24, 2017, 7 pm
April 25, 27, 28, 2017, 8 pm
La Chapelle - Scènes contemporaines, Montreal

At La Chapelle, the show was presented under the title (More) Propositions for the AIDS Museum


Propositions for the AIDS Museum is an interdisciplinary production that tackles the complex memories of the AIDS crisis. Through music, images, words and the human body itself, the group attempts to make sense of these histories often erased from official accounts, all the while reflecting on the urgencies of that battle in the modern political climate. Building on a kaleidoscopic perspective rather than a didactic one, Propositions for the AIDS Museum explores how anger and hope, even today, have a role in political action.

An artist dies of AIDS in architectural isolation; an activist group contends with the impulse to forget everything and party; a solitary drag queen prepares for the stage; flowers fall from bodies in action; historical accounts, new and period music, movement and protest slogans are braided and unbraided in a web of sensory and affective tableaux raising simultaneous questions about the mutual insufficiency of art and activism.

An unraveling, disparate presentation of scenes is the modus operandi, as the show plays with repetition, contamination and free association. The multidisciplinarity of the performers is foregrounded at every turn, and with them, projets hybris creates a living museum, an organized chaos. A sustained focus on the body itself as the epicenter of this crisis is drawn out, along with the role of memory in cultural productions. Resisting nostalgia, an iconoclastic irony pierces through, defusing the tragic impulse.

*A section of the show includes a live interview with a different guest every night.


Previous version and related performance

La logique canadienne, performance, 3 min, Short & Sweet, La Chapelle Scènes contemporaines, 2016
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Propositions for the AIDS Museum, first version of the group show, 105 min, festival Phénomena, Aux Écuries, 2014
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Produced by projets hybris, Propositions for the AIDS Museum is an updated version of a 2014 show which was originally presented at Aux Écuries for Phénomena festival. It was supported by Conseil des arts de Montréal. Creative residencies were held at MAI – Montréal arts interculturels and Ateliers de La serre – arts vivants.


Mediation activities

Talkbacks with the artists and the public took place after two shows. They were facilitated by Antoine Damiens (25/04) and Sophie Devirieux (27/04)

Director Philippe Dumaine took part in the Affect, mémoire et politique roundtable organized by the research group  PRint - pratiques interartistiques & scènes contemporaines (UQAM), on Wednesday, April 26 at La Chapelle.

Promotional campaign

Trailer directors: Julien Hébert + Maude Arès
Graphic design and photography: Julien Hébert
Performance photos: Claire Renaud