Institutions by Artists: Volume 2. Jeff Khonsary, Antonia Pinter (Eds.). Fillip Editions

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Fillip Editions – Folio Series

Following Institutions by Artists: Volume One and the eponymous convention from which both volumes take their name, this second anthology of texts continues the work of unpacking artists’ relationships to—and creation of—a larger set of structures that increasingly regulate, demarcate, and codify contemporary artistic practice: centers of economic and cultural capital; state and private apparatus; and sites of display, storage and production.

This volume’s contributing authors present a series of historical and contemporary case studies, investigating artists’ connections to various manifestations of institutionalized practice. These case studies describe practices that developed in places as disparate as Vancouver, London (Ontario), East Los Angeles, Scotland, and Trinidad and Tobago. Also included are transcripts of two debates held during the 2012 Institutions by Artists Convention, which asked: “Is there space for art outside the market and the state?” and “Should Artists Professionalize?”

With contributions by Tania Bruguera, Julia Bryan-Wilson, Dana Claxton, Christopher Cozier, Jeff Derksen, Sean Dockray, Candice Hopkins, Jesi Khadivi, Jaleh Mansoor, Philip Monk, Christopher Régimbal, Slavs and Tatars, Claire Tancons, Tania Willard and others

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Recent Publications @The Waldorf Hotel, Vancouver. 28.04.2011.

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Recent Publications

April 28, 2011
The Waldorf Hotel
8 pm – late

Fillip and Motto present “Recent Publications,” a party hosted by the Waldorf Hotel in conjunction with the release of two new Fillip Editions publications: Fact ‘n’ Value by Donato Mancini and How High Is the City, How Deep Is Our Love by Jeff Derksen. Copies of the recently released spring issue of Fillip magazine will also be available, along with a large selection of other new titles from Motto, including recent and back issues of Graphic, The Exhibitionist, 032C, May, and Piktogram. Other titles for sale will include new releases from Roma Publications, Nieves, Sternberg Press, Bedford Press, Spector Books, and Occasional Papers, among many others.

Mittens & Gloves (Jeff K. and Courtenay W.) and Christopher Olsen will play pop music from the past five decades.

The Waldorf Hotel is located at 1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver. The event will take place in both the Hotel’s Lobby and downstairs, in The Hideaway Room.

Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism. Fillip and Artspeak.

Posted in Motto Berlin store on September 9th, 2010
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Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism.
Published by Fillip and Artspeak.

Jeff Derksen
Diedrich Diederichsen
Maria Fusco
Kristina Lee Podesva
Tom Morton
William Wood
Tirdad Zolghadr

Over the course of the past decade, we have seen unrelenting levels of market speculation in contemporary and historical art at the same moment that global conflict and war has escalated and world economies have begun to crumble. Concurrent to these developments, there has been a new wave of interest directed toward the efficacy and function of art criticism. Judgment and Contemporary Art Criticism will engage with many of the key issues coming out of these conversations, specifically returning to the role of judgment and valuation in contemporary art writing.

Described by Joseph Koerner and Lisbet Rausing as the “troubled objects of criticism,” value and judgment are—and have always been—at the forefront of debates about the social function of the art critic. For many, the end of the twentieth century saw the mitigation of the importance of critical valuation established within high modernist discourses. Instead, many critics argued for a more open dialogue between texts and objects, pursuing modes of critique that allowed for the exploration of ambiguity and interpretation, thus detaching art writing from questions of quality.

With the start of the new millennium, a growing chorus of critics began to suggest that a return to judgment was a remedy to the cauterized state of contemporary art criticism. Yet can judgment operate within new modalities of writing that hold open a reflexive space for ambiguity and dialogue? How would these new forms read? If, as Boris Groys has claimed, critical discourse today is an attempt to “bridge the divide” between the “inherited older public office” of the critic who judged art “in the name of the public” and the “avant-garde’s betrayal of this office,” can new forms of criticism remake judgment anew, without explicit determinations of quality?

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Fillip #12 on Critical Forms of Publicness with Lorna Brown, Jeff Derksen, Sean Dockray, Sven Lütticken, Julian Myers, Anne Pasternak, Keith Wallace.

Posted in magazines, Motto Berlin store, Motto Zürich store on August 31st, 2010
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Fillip #12 on Critical Forms of Publicness with Lorna Brown, Jeff Derksen, Sean Dockray, Sven Lütticken, Julian Myers, Anne Pasternak, Keith Wallace.
Fall 2010.

D 15€
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