Macro, 18 Januar, 12-17
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Arts
Kei Kreutler is a researcher interested in how cultural narratives of technologies shape their use. She is Director of Strategy at Gnosis, and she curates events at Full Node, Europe’s largest co-working space for blockchain initiatives. She is an alum of Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture, and Design, and her work has been exhibited by organisations including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK, and Ideas City, New Museum, New York, NY. Her artistic practice focuses on organizational design and utopian conspiracies.
Our interest with this symposium is to explore how, where and in what ways we care for and organize the field of art at macro scale / collective levels. What organisational forms operate at the macro scale and what visions of art do they further? Why do we have the set of macro-scale institutions we have? What might be missing at these scales? If we argue that the organisational models operating in the field of art are central in negotiating the parameters and qualities of artistic practices, and how the latter are in turn disseminated and brought to a variety of publics, then the question is what is currently being omitted but may be of urgent necessity?
Some examples of existing macro-scale organizational models in the art field outside the nexus of organizations and institutions aiding in production and presentation of art include different types of unions, interest organizations (BKF, UKK, UKS), mission-driven organizations (W.A.G.E.), global and niche financial actors (Deloitte, Athena Art Finance, Artist Pension Trust,), financial technology and other market-oriented startups (Maecenas, Codex Protocol, Artsy), galleries (Gagosian, Hauser and Wirth, David Zwirner), private foundations and national art foundations. We will explore the different functions and purposes such initiatives serve in rendering and articulating the reality of the art field, and what can the criteria be by which their capabilities and limitations are to be assessed in order to further the art field’s development.
The three speakers are curator, writer and consultant Victoria Ivanova, Director of Strategy at Gnosis Kei Kreutler, and Associate Professor of Media and Communication at the University of West London Helen Hester. The symposium will be moderated by researcher Aslak Aamot Kjærulff.
Production, editing and sound by Ribka Maria Pattinama Coleman and Kristian Emdal.