Humans of the Institution
25-27 November 2017

Humans of the Institution was an international three-day gathering created to look closely at who ‘makes the present’ by foregrounding the freelancer in the arts and within globalising dynamics more broadly. The symposium was organised by curators, based on experience, and encourages the participation of artists, writers, journalists and designers among other ‘content producers’ and freelance workers.

Humans of the Institution opened with a weekend programme 25 and 26 November 2017, featuring four Position Papers by curators and art critics, two Keynote Lectures by researchers in sociology at the forefront of global trends, and two Plenum Sessions creating conversations from multiple standpoints. Across its two days, the conference programme foregrounds freelance experiences in the arts, taking in to account transforming institutional structures, distributions of non/employment at global scales, and emerging regimes of networked governance.

Contributing speakers were Tiziana Terranova (keynote), Ahmed Veriava (keynote), Ahilapalapa Rands and Lise Soskolne (balcony callers), Bassam El Baroni (position paper), Rachel O’Reilly/Danny Butt (position paper), Antonia Majaca (position paper), Despina Zefkili (position paper), and Matthijs de Bruijne, Club Solo – represented by Thomas Bakker and Iris Bouwmeester, Charles Esche, Natasha Ginwala, Maria Hlavajova, Heejin Kim, Lara Khaldi, Imara Limon, Carol Yinghua Lu, Alan Michelson, Manuela Moscoso, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim,Sabina Sabolovi?, Natalia Valencia. Working Group Conveners were Michelle Wong (Asia Art Archive), with Christiane Berndes (Van Abbemuseum) and Steven then Thije (Van Abbemuseum) / Natasha Ginwala, with Marieke van Hal and Sabina Sabolovi? / Joanna Warsza, with Rachel O’Reilly and Lara Khaldi / Ekaterina Degot, with Katia Krupennikova and Heejin Kim / Annie Fletcher, with Club Solo (Thomas Bakker & Iris Bouwmester) and Sharelly Emanuelson / Platform BK (Rune Peitersen and Joram Kraaijeveld) and the Norwegian Association of Curators (Martin Braathen and Silja Leifsdottir), with W.A.G.E. (Lise Soskolne)

Humans of the Institution was curated by Anne Szefer Karlsen and Vivian Ziherl.

Humans of the Institution
25-27 November 2017

Humans of the Institution was an international three-day gathering created to look closely at who ‘makes the present’ by foregrounding the freelancer in the arts and within globalising dynamics more broadly. The symposium was organised by curators, based on experience, and encourages the participation of artists, writers, journalists and designers among other ‘content producers’ and freelance workers.

Humans of the Institution opened with a weekend programme 25 and 26 November 2017, featuring four Position Papers by curators and art critics, two Keynote Lectures by researchers in sociology at the forefront of global trends, and two Plenum Sessions creating conversations from multiple standpoints. Across its two days, the conference programme foregrounds freelance experiences in the arts, taking in to account transforming institutional structures, distributions of non/employment at global scales, and emerging regimes of networked governance.

Contributing speakers were Tiziana Terranova (keynote), Ahmed Veriava (keynote), Ahilapalapa Rands and Lise Soskolne (balcony callers), Bassam El Baroni (position paper), Rachel O’Reilly/Danny Butt (position paper), Antonia Majaca (position paper), Despina Zefkili (position paper), and Matthijs de Bruijne, Club Solo – represented by Thomas Bakker and Iris Bouwmeester, Charles Esche, Natasha Ginwala, Maria Hlavajova, Heejin Kim, Lara Khaldi, Imara Limon, Carol Yinghua Lu, Alan Michelson, Manuela Moscoso, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim,Sabina Sabolovi?, Natalia Valencia. Working Group Conveners were Michelle Wong (Asia Art Archive), with Christiane Berndes (Van Abbemuseum) and Steven then Thije (Van Abbemuseum) / Natasha Ginwala, with Marieke van Hal and Sabina Sabolovi? / Joanna Warsza, with Rachel O’Reilly and Lara Khaldi / Ekaterina Degot, with Katia Krupennikova and Heejin Kim / Annie Fletcher, with Club Solo (Thomas Bakker & Iris Bouwmester) and Sharelly Emanuelson / Platform BK (Rune Peitersen and Joram Kraaijeveld) and the Norwegian Association of Curators (Martin Braathen and Silja Leifsdottir), with W.A.G.E. (Lise Soskolne)

Humans of the Institution was curated by Anne Szefer Karlsen and Vivian Ziherl.