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Progressive Art Institutions in the Age of Dissolving Welfare States | 14 comments
[new] more than one "shining" institution (Avg. Score: 2.00 / Raters: 1) (#2)
by geraldraunig on Wed Feb 11th, 2004 at 12:37:56 PM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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hi trebor,
of course i am neither talking of artistic practices of the 90s nor the 70s (with all their influential and important aspects as well as their reactionary inversions). it is not about institutional critique, it is even not about artistic practices and about the "subversive role of the art producer" this time. at least in the vanishing european welfare states there is more than one macba "shining" that is to be affirmed and defended as an exemplary platform useful for critique and resistance (see among others the institutions that will be discussed in "public art policies").
in a situation that is best described with the foucauldian term of "governmentality" when government is not only an part of the state structure, but diffused into many forms of tiny little state apparatuses in the society, it becomes difficult to draw a strong dividing line between "technologies of the self" and "technologies of domination". in this situation it is theoretically impossible to put up a dichotomy between "free networks" and institutions, and it is tactically wrong to understand institutions as pure instruments of fiefdom. this is why after some time focussing on the non-institutional side, activist and political art practices (s. discourse section of, we now ask about the strategies of the actors in the progressive art institutions.

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


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