[NetBehaviour] Crisis at the ICA: Ekow Eshun's Experiment in Deinstitutionalisation
curt at lab404.com
Thu Feb 11 01:48:44 CET 2010
To me the most insightful part is where Charlesworth explains how
overarching forces of capitalism are causing an arts institution to
sponsor work by artists critical of capitalism. The tactical artists
cary out their confined, parochial, micro-critiques of capitalism
under the auspices of an institution that is only sponsoring their
work is because more glamorous displays of spectacular capital have
become financially imprudent, and so they must resort to sponsoring
"authentic" (and conveniently inexpensive) displays of spectacular
It's all depressingly Baudrillardian, and all sadly un-Debordian.
>M | U | T | E | __ rrrrrread it!
>Crisis at the ICA: Ekow Eshun's Experiment in Deinstitutionalisation
>By JJ Charlesworth
>Amidst a general acceptance of the cash crisis afflicting the ICA as an
>accident of the recession, and a rush into headlong 'hairshirt'
>institutional self-critique as a means to deflect real scrutiny, JJ
>Charlesworth uncovers a catalogue of avoidable mistakes and the
>free-market, lifestyle thinking behind them
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