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

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Thu Feb 11 19:43:27 CET 2010

I like that also...

> Curt,
> Beautiful!
> Tony
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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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