Institutions by Artists is a three day, international event that evaluates and activates the performance and promise of contemporary artist-run centres and initiatives.
Using experimental formats, performative frameworks, and participatory vehicles, the three day series of events is designed to challenge and generate new thinking about artist-run initiatives globally, examining many dimensions whether urban or rural, fixed or mobile, and local or regional, among others. Inspired by the many artists wrestling creatively with building, using, shaping, and deploying institutions by artists,we will explore economies of exchange and knowledge; institutional time and space; as well as intimate and professional networks, among other critical interrogations.
- Please note: The Amateurist Network and this blog are not presently active
- Steyerl, pithy as ever, on ‘Politics of Art: Contemporary Art and the Transition to Post-Democracy’ in e-flux Journal 21
- Brilliant letter by Hollis Frampton sent in response to the MoMA’s invitation to exhibit his work without pay
- On the internet, we are all contractors – Triple Canopy Journal on Triple Canopy
- Grizedale Arts Use Value and the Little Society by John Byrne in Afterall 30
- Isn’t there a danger in performing this way that people find it amateuristic? Yes. At best it’s called punk, at worst it’s just a mess. Or, abysmal.
- Captives of the Cloud, Part II by Metahaven in e-flux Journal 38
- The Scan and the Export by Sean Dockray in Fillip 12
- Institutions by Artists: coverage from recent conference in Vancouver
- Nils Norman suggests self-organisation is a way of making critically informed decisions