About The Institute™

The Institute™: Or, What We Do for Love is an interdisciplinary project consisting of four main components: An installation, a web-site, related wall works and ‘Dreadful Songs’. These introduce the viewer to the National Institute for the Arts, a chain of artists’ residences situated in former hospital buildings across the country. A government re-training programming has prepared unemployed cultural bureaucrats for new careers as Institute™ staff members, where they now minister to the needs of the artist residents. The result is a classic ship-of-fools situation, a personal and professional cauldron in which the imperatives of two disenfranchised constituencies, the cultural sector and the health-care system, meet and raise questions.

There are three general configurations of an exhibition of The Institute™: a small-scale version, mid-scale version, and full-scale version. The version you acquire will depend on your space, technical and personnel resources.

For a video overview of the project, click on the video or lecture links on the left navigation bar.

For a complete description of the project click here pdf_icon3_colour (104KB)

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