"Inside Out – Critical Artistic Debates Concerning Institutions"

The general aim of the conference "Inside Out" is to take a close look at the theoretical propositions and critical art practices of artists, art collectives, researchers, and institutions from Central and South-Eastern Europe that focus on redefining the existing models of institutions, reframing their programs, and improving working conditions in art production.

Nov 2015
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: City Art Gallery Ljubljana
Adults, students
"Inside Out – Critical Artistic Debates Concerning Institutions"
© Matevž Paternoster/MGML

The participants will talk about the changing relations between artists and museums, galleries, and other public and private spaces (involved in producing, presenting, and collecting contemporary art) in our time of socio-political and economic shifts, and reflect on the need to pursue alternative cross-institutional or trans-institutional models of institutions, devise strategies for them, and redefine their roles.

The questions the conference will broach are the following: How did artists and institutions engage in establishing new positions and critical discourses in the dominant art historical narratives? How did formal and artist-run institutions and other artists’ initiatives influence or even change one another in interaction during the transition from a centralized to a free market economy? What impact did artists and art projects have on formulating the demand for institutions’ accountability by calling for inside-out transformations?


Saturday, 21 November 2015, 10.00 – 10:20
Location: City Museum of Ljubljana
Welcome: Alenka Gregorič and Suzana Milevska welcome the participants; introduce the exhibition, the conference, and the speakers


10:20 – 10:55     Zdenka Badovinac: A Critical Institution

10:55 – 11:30     Iris Dressler: How do We Want to Work in the Future?

11:30 – 11:45     Coffee break

11:45 – 13:15     Unravelling Memories / Reflecting on Counter-Narratives
A reflection on institutional policies in conceptualizing collections and exhibitions programs that entail potential re-evaluation of overlooked artistic practices and projects and, possibly, a different reading of history.

Presenters: Vesna Pavlović, IRWIN (Borut Vogelnik), Ilona Németh, Dalibor Martinis, Luchezar Boyadjiev
Introduction and moderation of the discussion with the artists: Vít Havránek and Zoran Erić

13:15 – 14:30    
Lunch break


14:30 – 15:05    Dunja Blažević: Before and After – 2 Examples / SKC Beograd, SCCA Sarajevo

15:05 – 15:40   Gerald Raunig: Instituent Practices, Institutions of the Common, Monster Institutions

15:40 – 16:00     Coffee break  

16:00 – 17:30     Imagining and Establishing Critical Artistic Discourses and Positions
Different critical artistic positions and initiatives questioning the systemic structures, the institutions' accountability and the overall cultural policies depending on different political, economic and cultural contexts.

Presenters: Tadej Pogačar, Yane Calovski, Slaven Tolj, ArtLeaks
Introduction and moderation of the discussion with the artists: Raluca Voinea and Vladimir Vidmar

17:30 – 18:30     INSIDE OUTSIDE: Institutional Debate
A round table with the participants.

Conference will be held in English.

Aug 2022
Guided tour
City Art Gallery Ljubljana • Adults, families, children, students, seniors, school groups

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