TRANSFORM. The Future of Institutional Critique

12/13 Oct. 2005
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1
4020 Linz

The transnational three-year project TRANSFORM will investigate the relationship between institution and critique along three lines, which are also the theme of the opening workshop at the Lentos Art Museum Linz on 12 and 13 October 2005:
1. The line of art production. Following the two phases of institutional critique in the 1970s and the 1990s, a new phase of critique is emerging, which goes beyond the two earlier phases, particularly as a combination of social critique, institutional critique, and self-critique.
2. The line of art institutions. Here questions will be raised about the development of critical art institutions, against the background of an increasing pressure from repressive or neo-liberal cultural policies. Beyond this, new forms of the organization of critical art institutions are to be reflected on.
3. The line of the relationship of institution and critique as movement. At this most general level the question of the mutual relationship of institution and social-political movements is to be addressed, and how this relationship can be made productive in the sense of emancipatory policies.

oct. 12. 2005
13.00-14.30 Gerald Raunig: Transforming the Arts of Governing
14.45-16.15 Irit Rogoff: Smuggling: An Embodied Criticality
16.30-18.00 Simon Sheikh: The Trouble With Institutions

19.00 The Future of Critical Art Institutions
The co-organizers of TRANSFORM will discuss the future of critical
art institutions from their different local and global backgrounds
Charles Esche (Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven)
Solvita Krese (Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga)
Jorge Ribalta (MACBA, Barcelona)
Stella Rollig (Lentos, Linz)
Ulf Wuggenig (Kunstraum of the University of Lüneburg)
moderation: Therese Kaufmann (eipcp, Linz/Wien)

21:30: opening party TRANSFORM/translate (DRUZBA/KAPU)

oct. 13. 2005
13.00-14.30 Hito Steyerl: The Institution of Critique
14.45-16.15 Stella Rollig: Lentos Museum Introduction
16.30-18.00 Boris Buden: Critique Without Crisis, Crisis Without Critique

Moderation: Stefan Nowotny

Workshop participants from the following art institutions:
Eesti Kunstmuuseum, Tallinn
Galerija Skuc, Ljubljana
IASPIS, Stockholm
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Wien
Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg
Kunstverein Graz
Kunstverein Salzburg
Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga
Lentos, Linz
Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona
Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerpen
Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art, Helsinki
Prelom, Belgrad
Rooseum, Malmö
Secession, Wien