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Double Institutional Articulation
Gunnar Sandin

Last modified: 2015-08-18


Contemporary forms for criticality may by traditional standards be paradoxical, showing for instance alignment with capital at the same time as criticising the constituents of neo-liberal hegemonies. In regard of emancipatory techniques that foster “release rather than opposition” (Easterling 2013), and non-aggressive “instituent practices” of art (Raunig 2009), institutional transgression is here discussed in terms of different modes of what could be called double institutional articulation. Through a rendering of works by Meirle Laderman Ukeles, Michael Asher, Anna Odell, Center for Urban Pedagogy, and Beate Hølmeback, institutional transgression of this double nature is here exemplified and discussed. Discernable modes of institutional articulation appear, such as as acts that conjoin different types of institutions; acts that make spatial and administrative alterations to existing design of institutions; acts that initially operate unannounced in one institutional context, with a postponed effect in other contexts; acts that contrast hermetic institutional decision-making with public involvement; and acts that temporarily disregard normal institutional existence.


Institution; critique; art; space


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