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Call for Topics for the next Artist-run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) annual meeting

January 15, 2011

Call for topics for the Institutions by Artists convention / October 2012 / Vancouver, Canada.

A project of Pacific Association of Artist Run Centres (PAARC), Fillip Magazine, and Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference / La Conférence des collectifs et des centres d’artistes autogérés (ARCCC/CCCAA, aka arca.)

In October 2012, Institutions by Artists will survey institutional and para-institutional projects and practices by artists to measure the distance between the performance and the promise of contemporary artist run centres and initiatives.

We will convene a world congress of artists, curators, critics, and academics to deliberate, explore, and advance the common and mutual interests of international artist-run centres, collectives, and cultures in a multi-day convention dedicated to the question:

Is there a space for art outside of the market and of the state?

To re-define and transcend existing models of artistic production and circulation that depend on the market and the state, The Convention assumes the negative position - that no such space exists.

To create a catalyst for new as well as divergent assessments and perspectives on artist-run cultures today.

Institutions by Artists is calling for topics that relate, but are not limited to the conceptual framework of the conference.
Under special consideration are methods, projects, strategies, and tactics that either fully embrace or strongly resist the idea that there is an emergent independence from the market and the state.

Are there newly emergent and promising models, practices, initiatives, orientations, or dispositions?

Can radically mercantile or hyper-nationalistic projects furnish a laboratory for debate and discussion?

Where are these places sited?

In which scales or frameworks can we locate these phenomena? Are they urban, rural, fixed, mobile, local, or virtual?

Topics, inquiries, position papers, and information about artist run institutions may be sent to:

Deadline: January 15, 2011

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