[artinfo] Conference on Independent Art Institutions

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Bande à part
Conference on Independent Art Institutions
June 8-9, 2019

UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund / Young Artists' Society)
St. Olavs gate 3
0165 Oslo, Norway

Concluding its Spring program, on June 8-9, UKS 
presents the large-scale international conference 
on independent art institutions-Bande à 
part-conceptualized by UKS Director and 
co-founder of PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art, 
Rhea Dall, in collaboration with co-founder of 
Lulu, Chris Sharp, and founder of P!, Prem 

The conference 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 and the art world at large. 
Through a two-day convention, a close look will 
be taken 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 alternative institutional models 
vis-à-vis a default organizational 
infrastructure, from opening hours to art world 

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); 
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 

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 concludes the UKS talk series on 
Artists' Institutions. It 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.

*NB: Tickets are limited and sold on a first-come first-served basis.


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