In clinical psychology, “acting out” is considered a defence mechanism—a means of regaining control through a loss of control. Those who act out disrupt the social order through their immanent reshaping of its boundaries. Many contemporary artists working in performance and participatory art focus on magnifying this tenuous line between the socially acceptable and the obscene. However, the institutions that often house and fund these forms of art rely on a continual (if not vestigial) pursuit of disciplinarity, drawing categorical lines between periods, policies, terminologies, etc.
From the endless taxonomies of display in the museum to the noise ordinance of the rooftop patio, no matter the venue the revolutionary gestures of many politicized artworks are lessened by virtue of happening within or for an institutional body.
Moreover, political artwork often struggles to ‘move’ outside the niche audience or specialized knowledge of the art communities that frequent such institutions. No matter how revolutionary the work may be, it can’t incite discourse or social change if it fails to connect or intervene into a community beyond its own. In light of these perplexities, KAPSULA asks: is it possible for contemporary artists to act outside the institutional framework of the artworld?
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
Artists/artworks that manage to circumvent institutions
The line between intervention and activism
The complexities of community art
Ethics in public and large-scale performance
Questions of ‘commitment’ within art practice
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