“Establishing the Continuously Unfinished: The Institution as an Artistic Medium” presented by Wagner


Session Title:

  • Institutions in Crisis Panel

Presentation Title:

  • Establishing the Continuously Unfinished: The Institution as an Artistic Medium




  • Keywords: Artistic Medium, Institution, Art, Discoursive Territory, Performative Act, Artistic Strategy, Processuality, Experimentation, Dispositive

    When realising themselves as dispostifs, no matter whether they extend into a physical or nonphysical dimension, artistic works are motivated by urgency.
    The engagement of artists with and within institutions increased within the last century, yet they may well not only be applicants or founders of institutional formats, but utilise these formats and the processes establishing them as an artistic strategy, creating a dispostif to meet an urgency framed by a specific historical context. This paper discusses the properties of institutions, which are indeed exemplary for dispositifs and are permitting their appliance as artistic media.

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