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Progressive Art Institutions in the Age of Dissolving Welfare States | 14 comments
[new] institutions + protocol (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#15)
by ryangriffis on Wed Feb 18th, 2004 at 06:27:44 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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i was thinking about Geert's statement about authority and randomness... and the notion of randomness vs. ideological imperatives. i related it to a recent post to Rhizome by Alex Galloway that discusses the creation of protocols to replace identifiable ideology or politics (at least that's my take on it) in relation to decentralized networks. from my own experiences with authority, whether it's being randomly shot at with plastic bullets in Miami or arrested for skateboarding on a sidewalk, there is a degree of randomness on the surface, but i think it's about protocol. the cops don't have to have an ideological/political reason to abuse protestors/kids - they're just doing their job (supposedly following rules). many have pointed out such protocols in architecture and urban design, like Nils Norman. in terms of institutions, could we say that what they do is create protocol as their primary function? i don't want to get into the progressive-or-not discussion, but maybe one way of looking at institutions is to view them as protocol generators that have the potential to be more or less supportive of different political leanings (in the broadest sense). then what matters is how receptive the protocols are to change by the people they a/effect. this is extremely simplistic and even naive, but i think the concept of protocol could be useful here. best, ryan


Progressive Art Institutions in the Age of Dissolving Welfare States | 14 comments


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