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Labor: Events 2013/14

Institutional Critique. Past Legacies and Current Possibilities

Lesekreis, initiiert von Vlad MORARIU
März und April 2014, 17.30 - 19.00
(immer mittwochs: 19. 03. / 02. 04. / 09. 04. / 23. 04.)


Der Lesekreis zum Thema Institutionskritik wird in englischer Sprache abgehalten, wobei englische Grundkenntnisse ausreichend sind.
Interessierte TeilnehmerInnen erhalten die Texte in pdf-Form zwei Wochen vor Beginn des jeweiligen Termins, wobei manche Texte in deutscher Übersetzung zur Verfügung gestellt werden. TeilnehmerInnen sind eingeladen, selbst Texte oder Diskussionsthemen einzubringen, die in einer möglichen Fortsetzung des Lesekreises behandelt werden können.


"Warum sprechen wir heute über Institutionskritik im Kunstfeld? Die Antwort ist sehr einfach: weil wir noch immer glauben, dass Kunst immanent mit der Macht der Kritik ausgestattet ist. Natürlich meinen wir hier nicht einfach die Kunstkritik, sondern etwas mehr als das, nämlich die Fähigkeit der Kunst, die Welt und das Leben jenseits ihres eigenen Feldes zu kritisieren und auf diese Weise beide zu verändern."

Boris Buden, Kritik ohne Krise: Krise ohne Kritik, http://eipcp.net/transversal/0106/buden/de


'Institutional critique' is a term that refers to a range of diverse artistic practices and discourses that emerged at the end of the 1960s and have continued into the present. In spite of their differences, these share a concern with the institutional conditioning of artists and artworks. What has been placed under scrutiny are precisely the ideological, political, and social functions that 'art' serves in late capitalist societies. Institutional critique's 'concern' does not refer only to the exposure of the close connections between 'art', the 'art institution', and social-political and economic configurations, but also to the manners in which status-quos can be challenged, subverted, and transformed.
Various canonizations of institutional critique concur that one can distinguish two historical 'phases': artists of the 1960s and 1970s allegedly investigated the possibilities of escape towards the 'outside' of the art institution, whereas those of the 1990s analysed the ways in which the artistic subject reproduced and embodied the structures of the art institution. In the mid-2000s authors and practitioners associated with the European Institute of Progressive Cultural Policies have proposed the hypothesis of a 'phase change' of institutional critique that, to put it in Gerald Raunig's terms, was based less on empirical evidence than on a 'political and theoretical necessity to be found in the logic of institutional critique' (Raunig, 2009, 3).
The sessions of this reading group will investigate precisely the conditions and possibilities of this 'phase change'. We will ask and try to offer answers to the following two questions: (1) In what sense can it be said that there is a political and theoretical necessity for institutional critique?; (2) What are the categories of institutional critique's logic? In relation to the first question, we will pay particular attention to the transformations that occurred within the art institution in the aftermath of the post-2008 financial collapse and to the countering artistic/activist tactics and strategies. In relation to the second question, we will investigate the past and present theoretico-political influences that can be identified in discourses, practices and positions taken by various institutional critics. We will analyse the contemporary adequacy for political art practices of the categories of dialectical thinking, the influences of poststructuralist and post-Marxist theories, and the possibilities of transgressive practices between the neighbouring zones of contemporary social/political/ecological activism and art practices.
In the context of the reading group/collective exchange of knowledge, participants will be encouraged to reflect on and articulate parallels between their own practice/experience and the topics discussed.

Those interested please register by writing to v.v.morariu@gmail.com.

Zeitplan:
Session I: 19. März 2014
Session II: 2. April 2014
Session III: 9. April 2014
Session IV: 23. April 2014
immer mittwochs, 17.30 - 19.00


Eine Veranstaltung in der Reihe Parerga: Die Politik der Rahmung im gegenwärtigen Diskurs der institutionellen Kritik von Vlad Morariu.