Thry: Artist Institutions

Institutions by Artists This course takes inspiration from the book and conference of the same name organized by Fillip magazine in October 2012. At the heart of the course is a critical examination concerning the agency of artists and their self-determination, both within the field and society at large. Under discussion will be the articulation of "instituting" practices by artists, the history of such practice around the world, and its theoretical underpinnings and related discourses and genres including institutional critique, pedagogical projects, collaboration and collectivity, as well as social practice, among others. Materials from the course will include texts published in Institutions by Artists and online at, a website devoted to discussions on global artist-run initiatives as well as video documentation from conference proceedings.