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/ecm diskurs 30: What am I doing here, there?


Friday April 7, 2017, 7.30 pm
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Stubenring 3, 1010 Wien, Dachgeschoß SR 2

Lecture Laurence Rassel Director école de recherche graphique, école supérieure des arts, Brussels
Moderation Nora Sternfeld Professor for Curating and Mediating Art, Aalto University Helsinki and Co-Director /ecm, Wien

Let’s stop or let’s begin with the dual nature of the word ­institution. On the one hand, its creative movement, proper to institute, to found, to establish, is put forward by the present participle of the verb, which names the movement: it is the ­instituting. On the other hand, the past participle of the same verb comes to designate the result of a creative movement. The instituted is what has crystallized, frozen, established. ­Alienation occurs when the instituted takes precedence over the institution/instituting. Can hospitality, feminism, conver­sation, together with open source principles be terms of engagement, terms of dialogue of back-and-forth exchanges and ­transformations with/in the institution?

I will share stories, ­experiences, questions and practices as I was/am looking for a collective engagement, a collective ­experience, to reach ­something like a common understanding : institutions matter as spaces of encounter, creativity,­ ­possibility, risk.