The project sets out to provide new approaches to institutional action by analyzing independent art initiatives on a global scale. Rather than approaching an institution as a formalized set of procedures that precedes and conditions the production of projects and exhibitions, these organizations enact instituting as a dynamic process of connecting to the world. Thereby they turn upside down the modern legacy of art institutions as stable structures and evolve creative ways of engaging with a contemporary culture concerned with event making.
By investigating how these initiatives in different ways, and conditioned by local urgencies, co-ordinate artistic, social and political action into public events, the project aims to contribute to a rethinking of the dynamics of instituting in the 21st Century.
The project is hosted by IFCAR, ZHdK, administrated by Aarhus University, and funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research through the support of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement under the European Union.