Institutional Time: Facts and Fictions

October 12, 10 a.m. (Session One)

SFU – World Art Centre /Vancouver, BC

The histories of artist-run initiatives inextricably belong to the sociopolitical contexts in which they develop,but a purely historical review of these initiatives and contexts elides their critical significance to artistic production, presentation, and discourse even while these histories are yet to be written, revised, and completed. In this session, presenters will compare and contrast key episodes from the annals of artist-run initiatives against a range of topics, including censorship, historical re-enactments and reconstructions, as well as established and
problematic narratives of institutional critique, among other considerations. By looking retrospectively at these moments through the thematic lenses of the conference, participants will go beyond the mere facts and fictions of institution building to generate new questions about artist-run initiatives and practices today. Session in English and French.

Vincent Bonin
Jennifer Cane and
Al Razutis
Louise Hervé
Chloé Maillet
International Institute
for Important Items
Gabi Ngcobo
Center for Historical

Kate Steinmann

Plus a Screening of
A Message from Our Sponsor
(Al Razutis, 9 min., 1979)

With companion film screening: Art for Consenting Adults