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The Sea Is This Way…البحر من هنا
The Sea Is This Way…البحر من هنا

Fall 2013 | ArteZine

The reality of what you see is directly proportional to your imagination, for the reality I live in this moment is perceived differently by me than it’s perceived by you, transforming itself into a memory which varies depending on the messenger and the place. What are we in the end, but the result of what […]

What is an Institution? Granting Institutional Fictions
What is an Institution? Granting Institutional Fictions

Summer 2013 | ArteZine

As we write, people in Istanbul protest the demolition of Taksim Gezi park. L’Internationale, a new European Museum Confederation, makes its first statement in relation to the events. In Cairo, “cultural intellectuals” have claimed the Minister of Culture’s office, in a performance-filled sit-in for a fortnight – and ongoing; in Egypt, millions of copies of […]

A Teacup for the Mechanic: Liberating Organizational Imageries

Summer 2013 | ArteZine

Picture the sea (or take to it). If this proves to be difficult, then picture this: millions of Muslim pilgrims from all around the world flock to the same spot, at the same hour every year, to start a sequence of procession that lasts for days in perfect synchronicity, without any form of leadership or […]

What of the Future?
What of the Future?

Summer 2013 | ArteZine

What is it to inherit an institution, with all its history, and an identity that exists at a given moment, but that is just one in a longer life of histories – an organic event unfolding over time, both before and after us? How can it be re-imagined, how do we shift and reflect? What […]

Autonomy Teller Machine
Autonomy Teller Machine

Summer 2013, 2016 | ArteZine

Think of the difference between a knife and a 20-dollar bill. Now, think of the difference between a knife and a 20-dollar bill. Institutional reality increases power, and by increasing institutional reality, we increase human capacity for action. John suggests that presupposing the institution of language (and economy) is precisely what holds us back from […]

Talk Soon
Talk Soon

Summer 2013 | ArteZine

Less than a year ago, I found myself at an artist’s talk held in a well-respected, small institution in East London. I can see now how the expression ‘to find oneself’ might introduce an element of chance in the equation describing my ‘being there’ – an element, I have to admit, totally absent in the […]

Institutional Ranting: on why we do what we do and never cease to talk about it.
Institutional Ranting: on why we do what we do and never cease to talk about it.

Summer 2013 | ArteZine

We understand institutions (at large, not only art institutions) always in terms of the act of instituting. In that sense, institutions can be defined as sets of social (and, therefore, fundamentally subjective) protocols (rules) that prescribe and normalize not only behavior but also, and maybe more importantly, perception. We are obviously referring to a very […]

Walls Talk (or, it calls itself I for now)
Walls Talk (or, it calls itself I for now)

Summer 2013 | ArteZine

More than anything else my life, it is my interpersonal relationships, formal and informal, that are at the core of my being. Like anyone, my character and vocabulary change as I engage in a range of conversation: I use my most placating, understanding, and convincing voice when I speak to the people who pay me. […]

Preliminary notes for The Auditor of Institutional Ethics

Summer 2013 | ArteZine

Emotional Architecture, text one I realized this morning, that with the hours, I was becoming the auditor of institutional ethics. The only silent attendant in the room. Listening out. ♦ The auditor listens in. To what is not said. Or listens out. For that which cannot be said. I am listening out for a soul. The […]

Endnotes
Endnotes

Summer 2013 | ArteZine

Artist Paul Chan wrote a text for e-flux in 2008 entitled What is art and where does it belong? He describes the first piece of art he ever bought and how he negotiated its presence in the home. There are multiple futures for a work of art, its context endlessly shifting with each placement, and yet […]

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