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Institutions as a Way of Life

This is an artistic research project description that describes an ongoing research project. It was collaboratively in a text editing application. It is intended to explain that there is an ongoing project about institutions of culture, art and learning, and how these relate to individual creative practices and collective political engagements. It is a project description of a project that is how to disentangle the representationalism of own roles and various understandings of institutions.

Institutions as a Way of Life explores and projects the legacy of Institutional Critique and develops models of instituent practices in terms of micropolitical actions, radical pedagogies and artistic processes. It will reveal how technology, media and art can reflex and open up new infrastructures for thinking and doing. It aims at generating a critical understanding of the relation between institutions and individuals as a condition to and as a shaper of our relations to the world.

The research collects multiple, non-canonical meanings and divergent responses of ideas and realities of institutions. It enacts ethnographically inspired artistic research and cross-readings of recent art history and discourses of politics, economy and philosophy.

The research addresses three example environments in institutions of art and culture: museums, archives and art schools. IWL understands institutionality as a site of emancipation and negotiation between individual actors and structures of power and regulation. IWL explores how histories of art, political economies and pedagogical initiatives have changed the relationships people have with institutions, which traces a particular history of ideas. Insights and actions informed by this history help us to modulate institutionality, and create conditions and infrastructures we would like to live in and amongst. Research questions include:

  • What are important and inspiring institutional experiments, boundary objects and fringe cases in art history, technology and political-economics?
  • How do we interface and experience institutions and institutionality in language, media, and communications?
  • How can artists consider and study institutionalisation as a creative process?
  • What such tactics and strategies can we transfer to micro- and macro political communities?

The project will contribute to experimental instituent processes, it will unbuild models and develop reflections and teaching activities in the hope of allowing more equitable, heterogeneous, accessible relations with and within creative institutions.

Project Activities

11/2019
Annotating Workshop 4
Fourth and final event in the Annotating workshop and discussion series.
10/2019
Bernhard Garnicnig as Visiting Scholar at The New School of Social Research
10/2019
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10/2019
Luiza Crosman: Artist Talk
As part of the workshop Annotating Decentralisation & Graphic Design.
10/2019
Annotating Decentralisation & Graphic Design
Third event in the Annotating workshop and discussion series.
09/2019
Institutional Attitudes
Institutions as a Way of Life workshop at the Kunstmuseum Basel
09/2019
Institutional Studies by Artists
Institutions as a Way of Life researchers Bernhard Garnicnig and Lucie Kolb to talk at Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association 2019
07/2019
Control Twenty One
Launch of magazine issue at Chalton Gallery London.
06/2019
Annotating Publishing & Print
Second event in the Annotating workshop and discussion series.
05/2019
New Column “Institutional Diary”
Call for open words on actions in today's institutions for Brand-New-Life magazine.
05/2019
Book launch: Artwork as Institution
05/2019
Annotating Feminism & Performance
First event in the Annotating workshop and discussion series.
04/2019
Designing Community
IXDM with two talks at conference on making community in Paris.
04/2019
Contribution to publication “Exhibiting in an Educational Field”
Essay by Lucie Kolb on Langtang art space as a model for research in the art field.
03/2019
IWL at SAR Conference
The team of Institutions as a Way of Life with a session at artistic research conference in Zurich.
02/2019
The Art of Instituting
Contribution by Jamie Allen and Bernhard Garnicnig in Digital Dynamics in Nordic Contemporary Art
01/2019
Improvising Institutions
Lecture and workshop at the symposium Kunst an den Rändern in Kiel.
11/2018
Lucie Kolb lecture in Berlin
IXDM’s Lucie Kolb gives a lecture on publishing and instituting.
10/2018
“Retreating into the external world”
Lecture by IXDM's Lucie Kolb at ZHdK in Zurich
10/2018
Institutions & Inspired Research?
Colloquium session with IXDM researcher Lucie Kolb.
09/2018
Exhibition PhD from Practice
With contributions by IXDM researcher Lucie Kolb
06/2018
What Artists Institute
Colloquium session with Bernhard Garnicnig.
07/2018
06/2018
Temporary bookshop “151 Allmendstrasse”
04/2018
Un-Blackboxing A.I. / Institutions as a Way of Life
A shared colloquium session with Yann Patrick Martins and Lucie Kolb.
06/2018
02/2018
Supergood
Exhibition by IXDM researcher Bernhard Garnicnig at MAAT Lisbon.

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