[t]he important thing is neither what was said (a content), nor the saying itself (an act), but rather the transformation, and the invention of still unsuspected mechanisms that will allow us to multiply the transformations.
— michel de certeau, practice of everyday life
the intermission museum of art (ima) was launched in 2020 in response to the cultural, social, environmental, economic and political fissures that make themselves evermore present during times of crisis and put stress on accepted systems of operation. it’s name references gaps in the pavement, performance interludes, tv-commercials, coffee breaks and silent pauses; all moments of unpoliced disruption. ima provides a space for critical thinkers to respond to these moments of friction by investigating them as meaningful sites of production, instigating dialogues which will culminate in a public archive. responses will exist on their own (editions) and co-exist as a larger idea (volumes). a physical manifestation will take shape at the end of each completed volume.
inspired by postmodern and contemporary examples of institutional critique, ima carries forward meschac gaba’s suggestion that the museum is “not a model… it’s only a question.” at its core, ima proposes the museum as a site of uncertainty; a building without walls; a non-hierarchical collection of interdisciplinary narratives and voices; both a guest and a host; and an exercise in cross-pollination. it resists the architectural premise of power that underwrites the white cube, democratizing the exhibition in terms of access. instead, its architectural premise is that of lateral networks; its vision decentralized and participatory.