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Workshop Politics of Installation, 7.09 – 10.09.2015 Process and Findings

What happened during the workshop week Politics of Installation? Jack Segbars wrote a small recap on this week’s work process, findings (and some images, too).

Adriano La Licata, Ielse Slager, Vinh Tanh

Adriano La Licata, Ielse Slager, Vinh Tanh

Proceedings

The participants were first asked to present there work in a general sense and to give an overview of their recent projects. In their presentation they also had to focus on the topic at hand: how do you relate your work and artistic practice vis a vis its mode of dissemination, (institutional/spatial) exhibition formats, presentation and publication and? How is the work informed, structured, projected and presented concerning these qualities?

Maurice Nuiten, Piffin Duvekot

Maurice Nuiten, Piffin Duvekot

Duo

After these presentations the students teamed up in duo’s by choice, depending on overlap, communality or productive relation (methodically or conceptually) to one another. The assignment was to jointly, working with elements in each others work, come up with a presentation that would address the topic of the workshop. What is needed to bridge different modes of artistic methods of the individual participants into one presentation? In this way issues of authorship/coöperation immediately emerge, and are made operational vis a vis the topic in general.

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Results

The results were, as could be expected, very diverse. A lot of effort was made to thoroughly investigate ones stance towards the topic, and the way one wants to work mediating this stance in a coöperative set-up of. This element further enhanced the need to be precise.

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How can one maintain one’s own idea’s in a coöperative endeavour? How is it maintained, how adaptable can one be? Issues of control, authorship arose. Mutual overlap in affinities or approach led to the search for one’s specific take or expertise that could be brought into the joint presentation.

Most teams came up with solutions that radicalized and accentuated their respective individual artistic ideas. Some focussed on the institutional aspects and worked with those, while others used the this aspect to redirect the audience’s attention to a more subjective and personal narrative.

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Some teams moved in-between these two poles, intricately weaving the qualities of the general and the subjective. The coöperation mostly proved fruitful and productive, showing that students are comfortable with the idea of working in a group, countering the accepted notion of the artist as ego-driven agent by necessity.

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Thank you Jack Segbars, all students, tutors, and Atelierbeheer Den Bosch for providing us with generous workspace!

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MFA Workshop Politics of Installation, with Jack Segbars

At the start of the year, the first and second year MFA students collaborated in a weeklong workshop Politics of Installation (in artistic practice and program) with Jack Segbars. What are the topics and questions at stake in the workshop?

Where in the model of contemporary arts: a hybrid and joint undertaking between artists, institutions, curators, theory and critique is the actual ‘object’ of art located and generated?

The artistic practice is an interconnected mode of production, not solely defined by the artist. The legacies of Conceptual Art, Minimal Art and Institutional Critique demonstrate that the conditions and parameters of art production are essential elements in establishing the content and mode of operation of the artwork.

The Curatorial, Educational, Historiographical and Discursive Turns, that have ex- panded the scope of context and layerings of conditions, that have become part of artistic strategies and content, can be seen as further examples of this development. Es- pecially now in what is called the Post-Conceptual condition, in which the dominance of the conceptual as quality, frame of evaluation and as institutional framework, governs artistic production (Peter Osborne), it is crucial to re-evaluate artistic methodology in order to (re-) gain critical agency.

The aim of the workshop is to explore the individual take to this topic. How is ones work situated and operational concerning the expanded notion and set-up of production? The central issue, through which we will explore this, is through the notion of the ‘Installation’. As Boris Groys has stipulated in his essay: Politics of Installation: no- wadays the manner in which art is mediated and presented, its context of production, is an integral part of content, that artist need to negotiate. According to Groys this also provides for possibilities of agency.

The installation is a key concept to define the context of art production including cu- ratorial, institutional, issues of authorship and discursive/theoretical aspects of pro- duction. The term ‘installation’ can serve as instrument to see the production of art as a constellation involving all these components.

We will research this topic through group discussion and group work on location, and will work towards an end presentation at the end of the week.

Jack Segbars is an artist, writer, curator amongst others living and working in Rotterdam, NL.

http://www.segbars.nl