Mathieu Beauséjour—Monique Lévesque—Daniel Poulin


Discussion table with Jean-Émile Verdier

  • Round Table
© Survival virus de Survis 1991 - 1999 - M.B.
12 February 2002

This second round table of the three organized by Galerie B-312 on the occasion of its tenth anniversary, Mathieu Beauséjour, Monique Lévesque and Daniel Poulin kindly accepted to talk about the effects that the figure of the virus has awakened in them from the place of their respective disciplines, artistic practice, psychoanalysis and computer science. This image of the virus wanted to raise a twofold question: What is happening to the present? In what current events are we immersed? Based on the principle that contamination can also be understood as giving something to someone without losing it, Mathieu Beauséjour will put forward the concept of "infection" as an action. What can we say about such an infection when it is more poetic than harmful? From 1991 to 1999, Mathieu Beauséjour directed Survival Virus, a banknote contamination maneuver that took place in galleries in Quartier Éphémère, the Musée de la Poste in Paris, the Saidye Bronfman Centre, the Centre Copie-Art, Articule (an off-the-wall project) and with the Symbiosis Collective in Toronto. Other exhibition projects include 1998 Cendrillon (collective) at Skol, the curatorial ©ondition légale at Articule and 2000 Devil's Face at Galerie Verticale. The same year, he founded the Internationale Virologie Numismatique, a disorganization that first manifested itself in January 2001 during Les commensaux (Skol). Daniel Poulin, who is involved in various research programs related to law and computer science, is an associate professor at the Université de Montréal and attached to the Centre de Recherche en Droit Public at the Faculty of Law of that university. According to him, the contemporary world is global, and this globality results essentially from the circulation of information. Therefore, would the computer virus be the unintended consequence of the project of a global world, that of an undue promiscuity given the homogeneity of the information processing tools? Monique Lévesque is a psychologist and psychoanalyst affiliated with the Séminaires Psychanalytiques de Paris. She is particularly interested in suicidal problems, the incidence of somatization in our societies and bioethical issues. She supervises the internship of psychology students at the Cité de la Santé University Hospital in Laval and has been holding an introductory seminar on Lacanian psychoanalytic practice for several years. She will discuss the impact of the link to the Other as revealed by the Freudian discovery of the Unconscious. What could be frightening in this contribution? To what risk is the one who opens his mouth in the context of a cure exposed? If not to that of the emergence of a primordial contamination of the sexual inscription as soon as it is at the origin of a subjective body.

—Translated from a text by JEAN-ÉMILE VERDIER