Dissertation by Anders Carlsson. Full title: A Return to the Institution
- Hospitality as Performative Ethos in Para-Site-Specific Interventions
With departure in a tradition of institutional critique, this artistic research project investigates what a return to the institution, and an insistence upon the institutional capacity to harbor differing perspectives and experiences, can contribute with in terms of artistic development and democratization. The research investigates the site-specific, the relational, the embodied and the performative as aspects of a given institutional condition and views the specific expertise of acting as a resource for a playful probing of assymetrical institutional conditions in which differing experiences, power-positions and interests poses both challenges and possibilities. In direction of the concepts ”para-site-specificity” and ”hospitality”, and with inspiration from the Belgian political theorist Chantal Mouffe, the aim of the project is to research how parasitical relations beside an ethical horizon of hospitality may contribute to a visionary affirmation of the institutional as agonistic commons.