[NetBehaviour] Crisis at the ICA: Ekow Eshun's Experiment in Deinstitutionalisation

Antonio Dias a.dias at cox.net
Thu Feb 11 19:31:49 CET 2010




Antonio Dias:

Horizons of Significance:

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On Feb 11, 2010, at 1:21 PM, Curt Cloninger wrote:

> Hi Helen (and all),
> It seems to me that for an artist, the next tactical turn is to not
> bother about the next tactical turn (don't bother to make it; don't
> bother to refuse to make it). The next move is to follow the topics,
> interests, and concepts of one's own practice, however long they may
> take to develop, into whichever communities of shared interest they
> may lead (on or off the popular radar). The less dependent one's art
> is on any particular "tactical" approach ("institutional critique,"
> "hacktivism," "relational aesthetics"), the more free it is to pursue
> its own peculiar ends. Indeed, what fruitful, monstrous, utterly
> irrelevant situations may emerge?
> If I spend all my energy making art that seeks to avoid being
> commodified by the spectacle, I'm always already being influenced by
> the spectacle. It seems almost a requisite, then, to be willing to
> move into art practices that don't necessarily involve "art"
> (writing, design, urban planning, nursing, geology, advertising). It
> is not a matter of outpacing institutions; it may be a matter of
> using institutions to make moves that reverberate beyond institutions
> (beyond museum systems, gallery systems, biennial systems, new media
> festival systems, academic seminar systems, online art discussion
> group systems). Then one begins addressing larger forces without
> being constrained to act solely within the sandbox of "art," which is
> itself always already modulated by larger forces.
> Best,
> Curt
>>    With participatory,conversational, collaborative, temporary, fluid
>> approaches all being appropriated so quickly into institutional
>> policies and communication being commodified by social networking
>> sites.. has really made me wonder what the next 'turn' will have  
>> to be
>> in artists tactics
>> What new approaches will emerge?
>> best
>> Helen
>> www.helenpritchard.info
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