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<nettime-ann> exhibition and conferences - march/april 2008


Institutional Critique as Instituent Practice

13 March - 19 April 2008 | Opening: 12 March, 19:00

Artists: Agentur, Bini Adamczak / Persson Baumgartinger, Zanny Begg / Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg / Dmitry Vilensky, Chto delat?, Marcelo Expósito / Nuria Vila, Anna Sigmond Gudmundsdottir / Tone Hansen / Marit Paasche, Martin Krenn, Lia / Dan Perjovschi
Designers: Toledo i Dertschei
Curators: Charlotte Martinz-Turek and Luisa Ziaja

Institutions like museum, university or clinic have been analysed and criticized frequently as power-knowledge-complexes because of their disciplining function. In the meantime, institutional critique itself, for example in the artistic field, became part of that canon, that one it was appealed against in the beginning. Alongside its canonized history, which is often negotiated by means of spatial metaphors of the stepping out or the bringing into the institution and for this reason again and again imagines a possible outside, it should be asked for mechanisms of the powerful defined determination and its inclusions and exclusions. How is it possible today, with that knowledge, to articulate protest and critique, to develop forms of structural (new) organization without being taken in by the idea of a dichotomy from inside and outside, by the question of either or?
It attempts to reformulate institutional criticism both as a critical attitude and as an instituent practice. Therefore, the emphasis is on the options of action proposed by diverse actors in artistic, theoretic and activist fields.



Borders, Nations, Translations
The Political Limits of Cultural Trans-Nationalism

Conference, 14 / 15 March 2008

Boris Buden, Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodriguez, Rada Iveković, Sandro Mezzadra, Klaus Neundlinger, Stefan Nowotny, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Hito Steyerl, Jon Solomon, Tom Waibel, Michaela Wolf

Who translates betrays: mother tongues, borders and, above all, the old political dreams. The betrayers of all the nations will never form a nation of their own. It is time for a new challenge. Is it possible to articulate the emerging trans-national culture of translation in non-cultural terms or, in other words, are we able to translate a trans-national cultural space into a common trans-cultural political action?



How to Picture Protest?
On the Representation of Activism in Artworks and Exhibitions
Screening and panel discussion, 18 April 2008, 19:00

Marcelo Expósito, Oliver Ressler, Luisa Ziaja
Moderation: Belinda Kazeem


The Art of Critique
Conference, 19 / 20 April 2008

Alex Demirović, Marina Garcés, Hakan Gürses, Maurizio Lazzarato, Isabell Lorey, Chantal Mouffe, Patricia Purtschert, Gerald Raunig, Karl Reitter, Ulf Wuggenig
Moderation: Stefan Nowotny, Alice Pechriggl

What is critique? It is certainly not simply a practice of judging, much less of condemning. It may be that these kinds of reactive, abbreviated forms of “critique” charged with resentment are still being preached from the pulpits of academic teaching and announced from within the bunkers of art criticism, a practice that is perhaps even stronger than ever. In a contemporary concept of critique, however, it can no longer be a matter of a more or less rigorous yes or no to a certain object.
Approaching the end of our three-year project transform, in which we have especially investigated from 2005 to 2008 more recent practices of institutional critique, we want to expand our perspective once again to this kind of contemporary concept of critique. We do not pose the question of the quality of critique unreflectedly along the classical gestures of the negation and rejection of power and the institutional on the one hand, and the “corrective” neutralizing reintegration of critique into the institutional apparatuses on the other. It has become a question of a critique that is not carried out primarily through taking a distance from judgment, but rather through a practice that has always already been involved in what is criticized. And at the same time, it has become a question of an affirmation that no longer means complicity with that which is given, but rather the actualization of social potentials that develop a differential and sometimes subversive knowledge.
In the contributions to the conference we want to equally problematize the meanings of critique that have been developed for centuries, for instance a capacity for distinction, a critical attitude or as a practical critical activity, as well as new forms and concepts of critique as atopical critique, embodied critique, parrhesiastic practice, affirmative critique, etc.


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