BANDE À PART
On Independent Art Institutions
Edited by Rhea Dall, Prem Krishnamurthy, Chris Sharp, with managing editor Sarah Demeuse
Texts by 1857, Oslo (Steffen Håndlykken & Stian Eide Kluge); ASAKUSA, Tokyo (Koichiro Osaka); castillo/corrales—Paraguay, Paris (Thomas Boutoux); Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (Luís Silva & João Mourão), Kunstverein, Amsterdam (Yana Foqué & Maxine Kopsa), Louise Dany, Oslo (Ina Hagen & Daisuke Kosugi); Lulu, Mexico City (Chris Sharp); New Theater, Berlin (Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff); P!, New York/Berlin (Prem Krishnamurthy); Pivô, São Paulo (Fernanda Brenner); PRAXES Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin (Rhea Dall & Kristine Siegel); RAW Material Company, Dakar (RAW Team); Signal – Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö (Elena Tzotzi); Sørfinnset skole/ the nord land, Gildeskål (Geir Tore Holm & Søssa Jørgensen); The Artist’s Institute, New York (Anthony Huberman, Jenny Jaskey); Introductory Roundtable (Rhea Dall, Prem Krishnamurthy, and Chris Sharp); Conversation with Chris Kraus by Rhea Dall; Essay by Christine Tohme
Mousse Publishing, 2021
“We made a promise not to don the trusted old blazer we had depended on more or less blindly before, to avoid jaded language, knee-jerk opening times, obvious show durations, the same old lighting.” – Maxine Kopsa, Kunstverein
“The human, and human relations, are the bedrock of what we do and how we keep going every day. We try to never forget this and, as much as possible, we build structures that support those relationships in a respectful, empathetic, and hospitable way.” – RAW Material Company Team
The publication Bande à part discusses the reasons, means, and rationales of a range of recent independent institutions, which often have a small economy yet create a considerable impact within their respective art scenes. It takes a close look at how small- to mid-scale institutional models depart, each in a different way, from the traditional formats of the white cube. Structured around a questionnaire of thirteen questions posed to 15 different self-organized art institutions including Asakusa, Kunstverein, Louise Dany, Pivô, RAW Material Company, and The Artist’s Institute, the book brings together a toolbox of examples giving insights into the murky and meticulous work of constructing an institutional platform—the “hows”, “whats”, and “whys”—spoken of by someone on the inside, in the engine room. The focus thus revolves around the operation of alternative mechanisms, instigating unconventional hierarchies and interdependencies between artwork, artist, audience, institution—between participants and authors, agents and aliens. The institutional contributions are bracketed by an introductory roundtable by Rhea Dall, Prem Krishnamurthy, and Chris Sharp, an essay reflecting on the necessity and irreverence of Ashkal Alwan by Christine Tohme, and a conversation between Dall and Chris Kraus on collective practices.
The book is a sequel to the Bande à part conference on independent art institutions held at UKS (Unge Kunstneres Samfund / Young Artists’ Society) in Oslo in 2019. Co-published by UKS, Oslo; Lulu, Mexico City; Mousse Publishing, Milan. Designed by Wkshps (Prem Krishnamurthy & Judith Gärtner).