Vorgestellte Institutionen / Performing Institutions
Zweisprachig / bilingual
320 Seiten, 72 Abb.
ISBN 978-3-89581-347-4
January 2015
Alexander Verlag Berlin

Order ‘Vorgestellte Institutionen / Performing Institutions‘

How can institutions be defined? Artists, curators, and scholars discuss which duties institutions fulfill, and which criticism they should be subject to. And: how they could be conceived differently. They refer to examples of architecture, the visual arts, and law, and they ask for a tradition of institutional critique in the performing arts. Performing Institutions compiles excerpts of these conversations, and combines them with scene descriptions and archive materials of the artists and editors Herbordt/Mohren. The result is a multifaceted artists’ book about conditions, objectives, and necessary updates of institutions.

With contributions from Annemarie Matzke, Bernhard Herbordt, Emanuel V. Towfigh, Florian Malzacher, Hans-Werner Kroesinger, Iris Dressler, Jan-Philipp Possmann, Jean-Baptiste Joly, Jens Badura, Katja Diefenbach, Knut Ebeling, Marcell Mars, Martin Nachbar, Martina Grohmann, Matthias Warstat, Maximilian Haas, Melanie Mohren, Michl Schmidt, Natascha Siouzouli, Pirkko Husemann, Sandra Umathum, Stefan Apostolou-Hölscher, Steve Valk, Suresh Kumar, Ursula Achternkamp, Vesna Vukovic, and a foreword by Esther Boldt.
Graphic design: Demian Bern

Performing Institutions arose from the research group ‘Art as Research’ of the Young Academy at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The publication originated from the conversation series ‘Performing Institutions’ of the same group, which took place as part of Herbordt/Mohren’s performances ‘The Institution’ and ‘The Performance’. With kind support from the Center of Excellence ‘Cultural Foundations of Integration’ at the University of Konstanz.