Artivism and the para-institution: The Partisan Café and the Museum of Burning Questions

Charlotte Præstegaard Schwartz, Anne Scott Sørensen

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Abstract

This article presents a case study of the assembled events of The PartisanCafé and The Museum of Burning Questions, curated by the transnational groupfreethought as part of their contribution to the Bergen Assembly 2016. It is arguedthat the assemblage forms an experiment to materialize present theories of radicaldemocracy and the radical art institution, respectively, and take the form of apara-institutional artivism. On this ground, and drawing on the concept of theassemblage, it is discussed what the outcome and learning of the experiment mightbe. The events played simultaneously in the city and on social platforms such asFacebook, mixlr and vimeo and together with released material on the internetfrom freethought these resources provide the empirical base of the case study. Theauthors participated in the opening week of September 2016 and the analyses aresupported by on site observation.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNordisk Museologi
Volume2018
Issue number2-3
Pages (from-to)121-135
ISSN1103-8152
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes

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