Ideorrythm & Perceptual Geography Under Algorithmic Sovereignty
A Short Lived History of Institutional Critique and Its Future
Key concepts in art theory (CAT 1) MFA
KIT; NTNU - 2020 Fall
The seminar opens with a daring claim: the future of institutional critique is no longer so much a question of demarcating space, but one of time.
The roles - occasionally interchangeable - between artist, institution, and viewer have always been a product of distance, defined usually in terms of space. But something has changed drastically in that relationship, as the socio-economic middle gears that had once allowed for working one’s way into the lower middle class - a position from which contempt against mediocrity can be expressed safely - has been gradually eradicated.
In the first session, we will run through the history of institutional critique and explore how institutional critique has been shaped by the changes wrought by social technologies on environmental, political, and socio-economic spheres of life. We will examine this history through the works of Gregory Sholette, Andrea Fraiser, and Chin-tao Wu. We will look at divergent methods and concrete examples of conflicts and proposals artists have made historically, and how these examples differ between communities within and beyond the global art elite.
In the second session, each student will pick a specific case study through which to map the temporal boundaries in an existing relationship between an artist, viewers, and an institution.
Adrian Piper - Research Archive
Douglas Crimp - On the Museum’s Ruins
Andrea Fraser - From the Critique of Institutions to an Institution of Critique
Michael Kimmelman - Tall French Visitor Takes up Residence in the Guggenheim
Mierle Laderman Ukeles - Maintenance Art Manifesto
Chin-tao Wu - Privatizing Culture
Allan Sekula - Between The Net and the Deep Blue Sea
Hito Steyerl - In Free Fall: A Thought Experiment on Vertical Perspective
Hito Steyerl - Duty Free Art: Art in the Age of Planetary Civil War
Yves Citton - Ecology of Attention
Peter Pal Pelbart - The Cartography of Exhaustion
Arjun Appadurai and Neta Alexander - Failure
Martin Herbert - Goodbye to All That: Why Do Artists Reject the Art World
Jean Baudrillard - Symbolic Exchange and Death
Roland Barthes - How to Live Together
Giorgos Kallis - Limits
Catalogue of the exhibition curated by Marta Kuzma for Contemporary Art in Ukraine on board the battleship Slavutych