8 – 9 June 2019
BANDE À PART
UKS CONFERENCE ON INDEPENDENT ART INSTITUTIONS
Dates: Saturday, 8 June – Sunday, 9 June 2019
Venue: Kunstnernes Hus Kino, Oslo
Program: To see the full conference program, please click here
Pre-Conference Cocktail: Friday 7 June at 8pm at UKS
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Taking place 8–9 June 2019 in Oslo, the large-scale international conference—Bande à part—discusses the reasons, means, and rationales of a range of recent independent institutions, which often have a small economy yet create a considerable impact within their respective art scenes.
The two-day convention will take a close look at how small- to mid-scale models depart, each in a different way, from the traditional formats of the institutional white cube. The focus revolves around the operation of alternative mechanisms, instigating unconventional hierarchies between artwork, artist, audience, institution—between participants and authors, agents and aliens.
Three keynotes—Chris Kraus, writer, filmmaker, and founder of the Native Agents imprint at Semiotext(e), New York; Lars Bang Larsen, curator at Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and Christine Tohme, founder of Ashkal Alwan, Beirut—consider the value of independent and, often, alternative institutional models vis-à-vis a default organizational infrastructure, from opening hours to art world newspeak.
The featured institutions include: 1857, Oslo (Steffen Håndlykken & Stian Eide Kluge); The Artist’s Institute, New York (Anthony Huberman); Asakusa, Tokyo (Koichiro Osaka); castillo/corrales—Paraguay, Paris (Thomas Boutoux); Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (Luís Silva & João Mourão); Kunstverein, Amsterdam (Yana Foqué); Louise Dany, Oslo (Ina Hagen & Daisuke Kosugi); Lulu, Mexico City (Chris Sharp); New Theater, Berlin (Calla Henkel); P!, New York/Berlin (Prem Krishnamurthy); Pivô, São Paulo (Fernanda Brenner); PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin (Rhea Dall & Kristine Siegel); Primer, Copenhagen (David Hilmer Rex & Amitai Romm); RAW Material Company, Dakar (Dulcie Abrahams Altass); Signal – Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö (Elena Tzotzi); and Sørfinnset skole/ the nord land, Gildeskål (Geir Tore Holm & Søssa Jørgensen).
Set in the black box “Kino” at Kunstnernes Hus, the conference concludes the UKS talk series on Artists’ Institutions. It is conceptualized by UKS Director and co-founder of PRAXES, Rhea Dall, in collaboration with co-founder of Lulu, Chris Sharp, and founder of P!, Prem Krishnamurthy.
Bande à part will be followed by a publication reflecting on whether, why, and, in particular, how other toolboxes and institutional measures might matter today. The book will contain voices from the above-mentioned institutions, while also including those of Jenny Jaskey (The Artist’s Institute), Maxine Kopsa (Kunstverein), Koyo Kouoh (RAW Material Company), Max Pitegoff (New Theater), and other contributors.
The conference is made possible with the generous support of Arts Council of Norway, Fritt Ord, and Nordic Culture Fond. Moreover, it is supported by the Royal Norwegian Consulate General in New York and the collaborators Kunstnernes Hus and OCA Office for Contemporary Art Norway.
* Image material: Bande à part, Jean-Luc Godard, 1964.