Juni 2021
Athens, Greece in cooperation with Eight/Το Οχτώ and Goethe-Institut

What could processes of instituting or institution-building look like in the current landscape where public forms of life are inseparable from processes of social improvisation? Focusing on different models of instituting we try to rethink and study instituting as a process that remains incomplete, fugitive, and thus continuous as it constantly seeks to find ways to interact with specific and evolving structures of a here and now. In their book Now, from 2017, the Invisible Committee argues that “in reality what we need are not institutions but forms.… Everything that lives is only forms and interactions of forms”. How may we begin to study this process, this evolving mutation and redefinition of forms as social improvisation, inseparable from emergent imaginings/imaginaries of a livable life?

Performing the Institution “As If It Were Possible”
Athena Athanasiou

What would it mean to think critically of the institution without evading its aporias? How to engage with and care for institutions while not being at home in them? In this text Athena Athanasiou develops a performative rearticulation of institutions as indeterminate sites of conflict and struggle.  She argues that to think and work with/in the institution against its biopolitical economy of normalization and disposability involves acting, in Jacques Derrida’s terms, “as if it were possible”. This “as if” defines a mode of keeping the question of the institution always open as an interminably aporetic call for another politics of simultaneous performing the institution and resisting the institution. In this sense, defending the public institution from neoliberal attacks is about defending not what already exists but rather what is yet to come.

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Black (ante)heroism
Stefano Harney & Fred Moten

In 2018 Stefano Harney & Fred Moten’s friend Dr. Romi Crawford of the Art Institute of Chicago invited them to contribute to a consideration of the Chicago’s famous mural, the Wall of Respect. Dr. Crawford had already been working on keeping the memory of the Wall of Respect alive, and doing so by applying a kind of community-rooted analysis that is in keeping with the spirit of the collective of artists – the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC) – who initiated the mural. More about the history of the mural can be found here. Moten and Harney take the mural as a point of departure to reflect on black (ante)heroism. read more

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