We start with a little introduction to a contemporary concept of «Comrade» as presented by political theorist Jodi Dean, and a little introduction to the old, and now recovered, concept of comradely love by Alexandra Kollontai, and how these two concepts can help us in creating a community that could transform the idea of educational and museal institution.
The second day the participants introduce themselves and their work, specially in relation to museal and educational institutions. We discuss together in which way institutions have had forcefully to adapt to new circumstances but rarely have led the way to change. How would we imagine an institution that really builds into the future? What kind of anachronism can we find in today's institutions and how could they be updated? Other important questions: Is the conventional role of the museum obsolete? Can education save the museum? And what do we mean by education?
We take as a case study the recent cancellation of Philip Guston's exhibition:https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/25/arts/design/philip-guston-exhibition-delayed-criticism.html?auth=login-facebook
Or the change of name of Witte de With art center in Rotterdam:https://www.artforum.com/news/former-witte-de-with-announces-name-change-to-kunstinstituut-melly-84 168
The third day we construct together how this new institution should be, based on the notes taken the day before, and very importantly, we think how it could be called. Is the concept of comrade and comradely love we studied the first day a good path into this new institutionalism?