Institutions by Artists

Institutions by Artists


April 6, 2012
Institutions by Artists

October 12–14, 2012
Vancouver, Canada

Conference registration now open at

Fillip and PAARC are pleased to present Institutions by Artists, an international conference that aims to evaluate the performance and promise of contemporary artist-run centres and initiatives. The three day event will include over 50 speakers from 19 countries.


At the Convention a world congress of artists, curators, critics, and academics will deliberate, explore, and advance the common interests of artist-run centres, collectives, and cultures, creating a catalyst for new as well as divergent assessments and perspectives on artist-run cultures today. Using experimental formats, performative frameworks, and participatory vehicles, the three day series of events is designed to challenge and generate new thinking about artist-run culture globally, examining their urban and rural, fixed and mobile, local and virtual dimensions among others. Inspired by the many artists wrestling creatively with building, using, shaping, and deploying institutions by artists, we will explore economies of exchange and knowledge; institutional time and space; material and virtual intimacies among other critical interrogations.


Throughout the Institutions by Artists week, Vancouver artist-run centres will present special projects that link to the themes of the Convention. From internet art pioneers, to grassroots cinema collectives, to media pirates and institutional revisionists, this week-long series of events and activities will invite the public to meet visiting artists, and to examine the many phenomena impacting and defining artist-run culture globally. Experimental tactics include re-enactments of key histories from the annals of artist-run culture, radical forms of distribution, the re-purposing of data and systems for new outcomes, as well as DIY models of education in an in-depth exploration of the innovation, critical thinking, and irreverent spirit of artist-run initiatives.


Mounira al Solh, Chumpon & Chantawipa Apisuk, “Walter Benjamin”, Matei Bejenaru, Anne Bertrand, Vincent Bonin, AA Bronson, Tania Bruguera, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Brad Butler & Karen Mirza, Jennifer Cane, Fulvia Carnevale & James Thornhill, Biljana Ciric, Christopher Cozier, Tim Dallet & Adam Kelly, Jeff Derksen, Sean Dockray, Chris Fitzpatrick, Dirk Fleischmann, Andrea Francke, Corinn Gerber, Bastien Gilbert, Sam Gould, Louise Hervé & Chloé Maillet, Candice Hopkins, Jakob Jakobsen, Virginija Januškeviciute, Marie-Josée Jean, Ola Khalidi & Diala Khasawinh, Deirdre Logue & Allyson Mitchell, Jaleh Mansoor, Gabriel Menotti, Jonathan Middleton, Gabi Ngcobo, John O’Brian, Isabelle Pauwels, Matthew Post, Peta Rake, Al Razutis, Patricia Reed, Scott Rogers and Justin Patterson, Gregory Sholette, Hito Steyerl, Pelin Tan, Claire Tancons, Slavs and Tatars, Anton Vidokle, Eva Weinmayr, Pauline J. Yao.




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