2 - 3 APRIL 2004
Baltic Art Center arranged a symposium, focussing on Swedish art
institutions. The main question dealt with was; for whom, how and why the
art-institution exists today. The points of view on the issue varied of
course, and it became visible (again) what a spreckeled field the
love and devotion was last speakers out, and we exemplified how we try to
work with and in insititutions rather than opposed to them. As we work
within other fields as well as the art-scene, we chose to put some light
on certain similarities between institutions from an overall perspective.
We also did a work together there and then with the "institution of the
symposium". The work involved both the participants as well as some of
the questions we had got from BAC beforehand, for preparation.
Everyone in the room got four pieces of differently coloured paper. With
them we asked the participants to answer some of the questions given, by
choosing one colour (or more) to answer the question. The colours were
grey, red, yellow and purple. The answers were photographed and displayed
on a big screen á la minute (see images).
The questions we chose to ask were the ones given to us by BAC:
1. Does contemporary art need to be understood and liked by everybody?
2. Does contemporary art arouse indignation because of artists and
curators transgressing reached agreements?
3. Shall the art institution be a part of the entertainment industry or a
space for artistic progress and research?