On September 28, Associate Professor and Chair of Art History Tom McDonough joined artist Vincent Meesen for a discussion of the latter’s work under the auspices of Concordia University’s Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Montréal, Québec (Canada).
The subject of their conversation was Meesen’s video One.Two.Three. A musical and historical dérive set to a Congolese rumba, this film explores the participation of Congolese intellectuals in the Situationist International movement and the unfinished work of decolonization from 1968 to today.
Commissioned for the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015, One.Two.Three circumvents the trap of Situationist mythology by way of a protest song composed by Congolese Situationist Joseph M’Belolo Ya M’Piku in May 1968, its lyrics long folded away in the archives of Belgian Situationist Raoul Vaneigem. Shot in and around the legendary Kinshasa nightclub, Un. Deux. Trois, Meessen worked with M’Belolo and a group of young female musicians to produce a new rendition of the song. In the course of the band’s perambulations through the club and their attunements to one another the venue becomes an echo chamber for the impasses of history and the unfinished promises of revolutionary theory.
More information available at http://ellengallery.concordia.ca/evenement/one-two-three/?lang=en.