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In April 2011, Aimée was invited by the performance artist Byung Chul Kim to perform in the train ‘Performance Express’ during its last journey from Saarbrücken, Germany to the new Centre Pompidou-Metz in France. Aimée concluded this performance at the Centre Pompidou by handing a sculptural piece of work that had been produced together with travellers over to a museum official.

In March 2011, the ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine‘, a large German newspaper, described the Centre as follows: ‘A giant cloth, dropped by an alien with a light hand from universe, solidified a second before having contact with the ground.’ Architecture as a result of an act by an alien leads us to think that the building lacks history as of yet – lacks historicity. The philosopher of history, Giovanni Battista Vico, the ‚founder‘ of radical constructionism, born in 1668, states that the human understands/recognises only that which they have created themselves (or could create). Hence, following Vico, the understanding of history is bound to experience.

As founder of the ‘Institute for the Production of Historicity’ and as a visual artist, I took Vico’s work to be a basis from which to produce historicity for the Centre Pompidou-Metz through artistic practice. During my performance in the Performance Express, I asked travellers to donate personal items, which they have carried with them for a longer period of time and which they connect to specific moments in their own life’s history. Charged with individual history, these items were used to produce a sculpture, with the process of production taking place in the moving train with the help of the train travellers. The train car was thus transformed into an open studio. This sculpture is understood to carry both the individual stories from the lives of the travellers who donated the items, as well as the history of the project ‘Performance Express’, as this was the final journey of this project. I handed the sculpture over to a museum official at the Centre Pompidou and have, hence, supplied the Centre with historicity resulting from artistic practice.