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Institutions as a Way of Life

English title Institutions as a Way of Life
Applicant Allen Jamie
Number 173371
Funding scheme Project funding (Div. I-III)
Research institution Institut für Experimentelle Design und Medienkulturen Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst, FHNW
Institution of higher education University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (without UTE) - FHNW
Main discipline Arts
Start/End 01.10.2017 - 30.09.2021
Approved amount 608'822.00
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Discipline
Arts
Communication sciences

Keywords (10)

archive; ethnography; pedagogy; artistic research; art shool; institution; education; sociology; museum; sensory ethnography

Lay Summary (German)

Lead
“Institutions as a Way of Life” ist ein künstlerisches Forschungsprojekt mit dem Ziel, ein neues Verständnis über die direkten und indirekten Beziehungen zwischen Individuen und Institutionen zu erlangen.
Lay summary

“Institutions as a Way of Life” untersucht wie Kunstschaffende und Kulturinstitutionen historisch miteinander und gegeneinander gearbeitet haben. Beispiele für solche zu untersuchenden Interaktionen sind Hans Haacke mit seinem Ausstellungsbeitrag von 1971, in dem er die Verbindungen zwischen dem Guggenheim Museum und Immobilieninvestoren offen gelegt hat und daraufhin zensiert wurde, oder Laurie Parsons’ “Security & Admissions Project”, mit dem sie 1992 die Kunstvermittlung im New Museum neu definiert hat. Auch Selbst-Organisation und Selbst-Instituierung in der Verwebung von Kunst, Aktivismus und Politik werden untersucht, wie sie beispielsweise bei der Gründung eines Archivs von Rick Prellinger und dessen Überführung in die Library of Congress zu beobachten ist, wie auch bei der Gründung der “School for Poetic Compuation”, die Bildungsstrukturen durch radikale Offenheit neu definieren will.  

Die Forschung adressiert drei exemplarische Bereiche, die im Feld der Kunst und Kultur eng verbunden sind, aber auch über den Kultursektor hinaus relevant sind: Museen, Archive und Kunsthochschulen. Dafür werden die Forschenden von “Institutions as a Way of Life” an besonders innovativen Institutionen medien-ethnographische künstlerische Feldforschung durchführen.

Der Forschungsplan beinhaltet die kunst- und polithistorische Analyse der Entwicklung dieser Beziehungen, die künstlerische Erforschung von zeitgenössischen Institutionen und die Entwicklung von Vorschlägen, wie eine Neugestaltung dieser Beziehungen im Bereich der Kunstausbildung angestoßen werden kann.

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166400 Shift Register: Media-geological Grounding of the Anthropocene through Artistic Research 01.10.2016 Project funding (Div. I-III)

Abstract

“Institutions as a Way of Life” (IWL) is an Artistic Research project producing new understandings about relations between individuals and cultural institutions as a concern of artists and artistic-research. The research plan includes the historical analysis marking consequential shifts in such relations, Artistic Research in contemporary institutions making these relations sensible and tractable, and the composition of Futurological Propositions outlining directions these relations should take in order to be more empowered, expressive, equitable and diverse in a globalised, networked world. Over the past thirty years, cultural institutions have necessarily transformed their activities, interactions and interfaces to arrive at less-hierarchical, personalised characters and individualised modes of engagement. Resulting in part from the accessibility and direct interactions wrought via the proliferation of communications and media infrastructures, this tendency has been variously described through the 2000’s as divergent but related “New Institutionalism” in Sociology, Political Science and Art and “Museum 2.0” or the “participatory museum” in Museum Studies. Over these same three decades, and similarly enabled by increased flux of media and data, networks and online organisational capacities, the relatively individualist practices of artists and creative collectivities have turned toward Institutional Critique, expansive extra-disciplinary, research-oriented practices and articulate strategies for forming- and becoming-institutions. The IWL project studies how institutional-individual resonances in Modern, Contemporary and current art and cultural practices can suggest both new forms of institution-making as artistic practice, while modulating the interfaces, offerings and activities of existent cultural institutions. These resonances will be uncovered via 1) art historical research into seminal and contemporary artist-led institutional projects and their political and economic contexts; 2) Ethnography and Anthropology-inspired Artistic Research interventions at existing, active museum and archives fieldwork sites; 3) the development of Futurological Propositions for experimentation and prototyping in the context of arts education. The research addresses three exemplary and interrelated environments in arts and cultural sectors: museums (sites where institutional-individual relations are enacted and presented), archives (sites where these institutional-individual relations are materially and historically inscribed) and art schools (organisations where a historically-informed institutional-individual relation is promulgated and modulated into the future). An IWL researcher will be embedded to perform media-ethnographic Artistic Research at two particularly innovative field-sites: the Reina Sofía Museum (Madrid) and the Prelinger Archive (San Francisco). Art historical, theoretical and Artistic Research reflexive writings and media works, models and prototypes that speculate futures of institutional-individual relations, multimedia artistic-research outputs included in a Hybrid Compendium Publication (a digital and analog Open Access publication), presented at a public conference and workshop result from this work. The research-based workshops formats and institutional models are tested and enacted in association with art school students and researchers at the Institute of Art at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design (Basel), and the Media Design and Art Education programme at the University of Art and Design Linz, Austria.IWL researches the experience of institutional-individual relations in the arts, and traces their genealogies and futures of such relations as art historical concern contextualised politically and economically. The project creates one doctoral role (Academy of Fine Arts Vienna), a Junior Researcher role at the Institute of Experimental Design and Media Cultures (FHNW), and research partnerships with the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and European and international fieldwork sites. The research is articulated by an experienced, ambitious, collaborative and diverse team: Main Applicant Jamie Allen, designs technology-oriented interventions into institutional cultures as media-augmented ethnographic methods; Senior Researcher Gerald Raunig imparts theoretical context and elaborates theories of Institutional Critique. Doctoral Researcher Bernhard Garnicnig does Artistic Research fieldwork and prototypes of futurological models with art school partners at project end. The team includes a Junior Researcher with who will produce comparative analyses of Modern Art examples and contemporary projects.
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