Having been a freelancer for the last thirty odd years – starting out as such by choice, rather than influenced by more recent notion associated with ‘the gig economy’ – I would have loved to have attended and participated in the Humans of the Institution events, which took place in Amsterdam in November 2017. Organised by Anne Szefer Karlsen (Head of Curatorial Practice, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design at the University of Bergen) and Vivian Ziherl (founder of Frontier Imaginaries), it promised to be a thought-provoking couple of days, with talks and workshops. Luckily there will be an e-publication, co-produced with L’Internationale Online. And even better, I am proofing it.
The workshops in Amsterdam tackled subjects ranging from Archives & Individuals, to Biennials and Guest Work, Boycott and Mobilisation, Censorship & Strategy, Critical Regionalism, Fees & Conditions, while affiliated events engaged with Art Education & Romance of the Studio, Curating & Ethics, Institutional Negotiations and Practices & Infrastructure. It will be a pleasure to read the statements, advice, suggestions, manifestos and other pieces of writing that have been generated collectively, or distilled from discussions, or written by individuals.
Once the publication is online, I will post the link.