[-empyre-] practice as a means towards academic self-criticism / research as a curatorial enterprise

Gabriel Menotti gabriel.menotti at gmail.com
Thu Feb 23 21:00:01 EST 2012

>institutional critique is no longer associated with artistic
>practices only and is developing towards what has been
>termed as a 'transversal practice' [MAGDA TYZLIK-CARVER]

And do you see institutional critique playing a central role not only
in your curatorial practice, but also in your academic research? In
practice, what tactics do you employ to manage the paradoxical
relation between this political agenda and the “inevitable” outcome of
an (institutional) validation?

Another seemingly paradoxical relation I’d like to hear more about is
that between commoning and curating. In your work, do you actively
make an “emancipatory” effort to move away from “directed commoning”
and towards “collective curating”? Or you try to pay close attention
to how both vectors interact in the course of instituting? How much
self-awareness is involved in this process?

>I don't want to be romantic about it, but what I
>would want to preserve for my own practice is
>the recognition that there is knowledge that is
>hard to categorise and then that it might become
>something else (another knowledge) after the process
>of translation into what we can understand through
>language. [MT]

Just to clarify: would that be self-recognition (as the outcome of a
learning process) or some sort of institutional recognition (e.g. the
inclusion of such knowledge in the common academic tradition, a PhD
title, etc)?

I would be curious to see how do you relate these hardships of
categorisation to the skype logs of the common practice project, which
seem to be an interesting way of writing/ preserving that fully
embraces the metamorphosis that result from translation (or a
transport in time).


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