[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
intermission museum of art (ima) was founded in 2020 by rose van mierlo and john ros, 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. 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. collaborative responses will be organized around themes, and though they exist on their own (as editions), they co-exist as larger ideas (in volumes).
a physical manifestation will take shape at the end of each completed volume which will present other forms of collaboration with spaces creating co-agency within hospitable forms of engagement.
inspired by modern, 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.” its name references this question as open space: the flipping movement of a hand searching through archives, gaps in the pavement, performance interludes, tv-commercials, coffee breaks and silent pauses; all moments of unpoliced disruption that are typically un-institutional. at its core, ima therefore 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.