Cultural institutions play a key role within a civic society, offering an interface between cultural and intellectual work and the amorphous concept of “general public”. If Institutional Critique has been a rubric under which artists have acted to reorientate the standard practices of such institutions what has this brought the institution, the artists, or the "general public"? Following on from A.Prof Fiona McGovern's seminar on Institutional Critique past winter semester, this seminar looks at what the future of this discourse is, and what it means in practice. How can we go form an internalising and self-reflected critique to developing infrastructures that set in motion an expansive civic-facing form of transformation? What tools do we need? What languages could we/should we use, interrogate, reform, or abandon completely? Following a series of presentations by guest teacher Ruth Buchanan and others, through readings, and guided conversations, we will work together (in consensus) to develop a document that proposes a detailed glossary of terms that could form the basis of a policy to be used by artists, curators, mediators, archivists and researcher to move away from institutional critique to infrastructural transformation.
This seminar requires active ongoing participation, the ability to work alone as well as providing the opportunity to hone and develop skills of collaboration and communication, as the aim is to develop one single (working) policy document. This seminar will run in English.
9 weeks. Tuesdays 10h s.t.-12h s.t. + individual consultation ("Sprechstunden"). First session Tuesday 13th April.