Vít Havránek´s lecture revolves around changes of social role of the independent contemporary art institution in the environment of post-communist transformation. In 90s´and 00s´, some institutions were sovereign actors, and in accordance with the movement of New Institutionalism, they saw their role in fulfilling the democratising project through cultural emancipation and autonomy. With fast changing economic and social conditions (privatisation, bureaucracy of working methods, libidinal economics of consume, etc.), galleries turned into the asylums of unfulfilled transformation utopias. Havránek provides specific examples of contemporary exhibition acts (6th Berlin Biennale), in historically older experiments from Eastern European art space ((Tamás St. Auby, Goran Djordjevic) and in broader context (Institutional Critique, Clinique de la Borde) to support definition of the current basis of the Institutional Therapy. The Institutional Therapy focuses on the establishment of equal work and economic relations within the contemporary art institutions, and in this context, it reactivates historic research with the help of the aesthetic and phantasy speculation.
Vít Havránek (1971) is a theoretician and organizer based in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 2002 he is working as a project leader of the initiative for contemporary art tranzit.cz. He lectures on contemporary art at the Academy of Applied Arts, Prague, and together with Tomáš Vaňek and Jiří Skála co-founded the pas group (the production of contemporary activities).
09.10 - 13.10.2017
Seminar and tutorials
12.10.2017 / 17:00 / VŠVU H135 / Public lecture
From Institutional Critique to Institutional Therapy
Andrea FRASER, An Artist's Statement (1992). In: (ed.) Alexander ALBERRO, Museum Highlights: The Writings of Andrea Fraser. The MIT Press (Cambridge, United States), 2005.
The project was supported by the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic as part of the program KEGA (no.005VŠVU-4/2016).