For the first Giant Step phase, the circle of “nomadic symposia”, Giant Step was organised directly at institutions involved in the project: Van Abbemuseum, MOSTYN | Wales, vessel and Galeria Labirynt. It finished in November.
This experience allowed us to explore different issues related to these specific geographical areas but also to link each institution to the other and to discover and share strategies that can respond to similar urgencies, while also adapting them to context specificity.
Giant Step is now starting its second phase, which consists of continuing the research on other institutions to give the project a stronger basis, but also to enrich its outcome by promoting the circulation of alternative and emerging solutions.
We are looking for researchers who would like to join the project and investigate the specific conditions of an institution they are interested in exploring. The received dossiers will be first published on Giant Step website and then included in the Giant Step Dossier, a final publication which will feature all the international institutional profiles and the combining results.
The dossiers should focus on institutions that you feel have critical, innovative programming and a strong focus on the local public, or that are particularly interesting in the current understanding of what an institution should be to respond to the needs of the area in which it operates.
Nicoletta Daldanise and Berçin Damgacı in conversation with Vasif Kortun, SALT, Istanbul
The Istanbul Report is a research carried on by Nicoletta Daldanise and Berçin Damgacı in 2012 whithin the Giant Step network, with a specific focus on the Istanbul art scene and its institutions, both in terms of structure and in terms of reception of their rule whithin the community. Continue reading →
Given that the art field is structurally articulated by processes of institutionalisation, how is it possible to re-imagine the notion of the institution, as our minds and bodies are the places in which the institutionalisation imposes its pervasive necessity to produce economic values?
How can institutions or individuals stimulate and encourage the cultural dynamics of a location or society, particularly in areas with a less prominent critical audience? Continue reading →
Hosted by MOSTYN, this conference looks at the role of institutions within contemporary culture. We bring together artists, curators, creative practitioners and others to discuss and debate how institutions or individuals stimulate and encourage the cultural dynamics of a location or society, particularly in areas with a less prominent critical audience. Continue reading →
Giant Step 1: Enter the artworld? Marginal establishments, cooptation, and resistance, from June 12th to 14th, served as a dynamic dialogue about the current state of institutional ideals/ethics, artistic/curatorial approaches, and theories/examples for improvement. The panels: Panel 1: Theoretical Underpinnings: Challenging the Legacies of Institutional Critique, Panel 2:Performing Critique: Embodiment, Affect, Laughter, Panel 3: Institutional Articulations in Site-specific Contexts, Panel 4:Curating Critique, Testing the Limits, Panel 5:Critical Agendas: Rearticulating Goals and Tactics loosely structured the discussion, but dialogue proliferated in a variety of directions. Continue reading →
Panel 5:Critical Agendas: Rearticulating Goals and Tactics
Tom Estes, an artist based in London talked about the idea that artists must adapt to new human-relationship-focused media technologies; they must stop upholding market-led solutions and develop high-tech solutions. Continue reading →
Panel 3: Institutional Articulations in Site-specific Contexts
vessel and Artleaks member Vlad Morariu held a Skype conversation with Artleaks founder Corina L. Apostol about the nature of the online Artleaks project and creation for a platform voicing instances of institutional censorship of artistic practice in marginal geographic areas.
Curator Galit Eilat presented a overview of a project she oversaw at the Israeli Center for Digital Art, a traveling ‘mobile archive’ which created a mutable collection to gather artwork internationally, providing opportunities to rethink the relevancy of nationalism in contemporary art. Continue reading →
Vlad Morariu followed with an introduction to vessel, the curatorial residency program in Bari, 2011, and the initial conceptualization of the Giant Step Symposium as well as the topic of institutional critique. Continue reading →
Due to technical problems at the Cineporto, the Giant Step 1 symposium tomorrow, tuesday 12, will be held at the Cinema Abc, Via Marconi, 41. (very close to the Cineporto – see the map).
We apologize for the inconvenience
vessel is pleased to announce the first Giant Step Symposium will be held Tuesday through Thursday, June 12-14 in Bari (Italy) at the Cineporto (Padiglione 180, Fiera del Levante), Lungomare Starita 1.
We had a most amazing afternoon today, as we indulged ourselves with the finest rigatoni (thanks to Viviana and Francesco), with Hito Steyerl‘s insightful “The Institution of Critique“, with very productive debates moderated by Vlad, and with exciting questions to be deepened at the GS1 “Enter the Artworld? Marginal Establishments, Cooptation and Resistance” conference in Bari (12-14 June 2012). A special “Thank You” goes to Claire and to Flat Time House, one of the most interesting art spaces we’ve seen in London lately! Below we post a series of pictures of the reading group, a report on the issues we discussed follows soon! Continue reading →