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Performing Institutions

Contested Sites and Structures of Care

An investigation of performative encounters of culture, politics, and education in and for institutional settings.

This book builds on scholarly work rooted in the social and cultural histories of education, self-organization, activist practices, performance, design, and artistic research, (at)tending to the ways that institutions are necessarily political and performed. By evoking the idea of performing institutions, it foregrounds different kinds of “actors” that engage with (re)imagining creative practices—social, artistic, and pedagogical—that critically interact with institutional frameworks and the broader local and global society of which these institutions are part.

With an international range of case studies and critical reflections—from Denmark, Ireland, Finland, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Chile, Asia, and Australasia—contributors show how they envision or pursue performing artistic, cultural, social, and educational practices as caring engagements with contested sites. They address the following questions: How do current institutions perform—academically, spatially, custodially, and structurally? How might we stay engaged with the ways that institutions are inherently contested sites, and what role do care, and counter-hegemonic practices play in rearticulating other ways of performing institutions, and how they perform on us? These are the questions central to this book as it stages a productive tension between two main themes: structures of care (instituting otherwise) and sites of contestations (desiring change).

320 pages | 20 color plates, 30 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

Art: Art--General Studies

Education: Curriculum and Methodology

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Table of Contents

Contested Sites and Structures of Care
Shauna Janssen and Anja Mølle Lindelof
Act One
Silver: Self/Site-Writing a Courthouse Drama
By Jane Rendell
Act 01: Love. On Political Love vs. Institutional Loyalty
By Sepideh Karami
The Thinkers: Thought-Action Figures #7
By Jon McKenzie and Aneta Stojnic
Act Two
Performing Indigenization: New Institutional Imperatives Post Truth and Reconciliation
By Kathleen Irwin
Foolish White Men. Tree-felling and wrestling: Performing the institution of the white man from an Aotearoa perspective
By Mark Harvey
Act Three
Performing Aural and Temporal Architecture: Re-framing the University through The Verbatim Formula
By Maggie Inchley, Paula Siqueira, Sadhvi Dar, Sylvan Baker, and Mita Pujara
Performance Design as Education of Desire
By Franziska Bork Petersen & Michael Haldrup
Mode D. Evental forms of Exchange in Art Education
By Glenn Loughran
Performative Urbanism: Mapping embodied vision
By Christina Juhlin and Kristine Samson
Performance Design: performative gestures within academic institutions
By Rodrigo Tisi
Act Four
Caring Buildings
By Liisa Ikonen
Pavilion 31: A journey-performance at S. Maria della Pietà former psychiatric hospital in Rome
by Fabrizio Crisafulli
Act Five
From Garage to Campus: Exploring the Limits of the Museum in Contemporary Russia
by Anton Belov and Katya Inozemtseva
By Henk Slager
LGB’s Manifest
by LGB Society of Mind
Act Six
by Sam Trubridge
Reclaiming subjectivity through urban space intervention – The People’s Architecture Helsinki
By Maiju Loukola
Public-Making as a Strategy for Spatial Justice
By Kenneth Bailey and Lori Lobenstine, Design Studio for Social Intervention

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