In this collaborative text for the disorganising workbook, with dear friend and collaborator, Meenakshi Thirukode we explore the micro politics of friendship and our own anxieties and vulnerabilities in the making of new collaborative projects and try to understand what we each mean when we use the phrase “Instituting Otherwise”
The text developed alongside a series of interviews we were making with and for the disorganising project. This text explores how we can care for and alongside the wide set of practices that are held by the Food Art Research Network and set out a number of personal intentions for practicing together (between Naarm or so called Melbourne and Delhi) over a longer term in ways that resist capitalist desires for production over process.
disorganising is a project between West Space, Liquid Architecture and Bus Projects; an open and expanding conversation that looks to experiment with divergent ways of organising and creating. It is a practice of coming together and collectively building an arts ecology that sustains us and our communities.
Active in Australia and internationally since 2000, Liquid Architecture is a leading organisation for artists working with sound and listening. Our program stages encounters and creates spaces for sonic experience at the intersection of contemporary art and experimental music, through performances and concerts, exhibitions, talks, publications, reading groups, workshops and recordings in art spaces, music venues and other sites.
West Space works locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally, across artforms and sites, to expand the possibilities of exhibition-making. Over our three-decade history, we have evolved as a distinct organisation that combines an artist-centric ethos with the supportive infrastructure of a contemporary art institution.
Bus Projects is an artist-run organisation supporting the critical, conceptual and interdisciplinary practices of Australian artists. In addition to a gallery-based program of exhibitions, events and residencies, Bus collaborates widely to produce projects off-site and within the public realm.
Leila Doneo Baptist
Alex Margetic and Zenobia Ahmed
disorganising is supported by Creative Victoria’s Strategic Investment Fund, City of Yarra Stimulate Fund and Collingwood Connect: Collingwood Yards and City of Yarra through a VicHealth Everyday Creativity Partnerships.
Disorganising Workbook, Breadcrumbs in the Forest Instituting as if Otherworlds were possible. Photo: MC
Workbook open to the insert on survival with and in Institutions by Torika Bolatagici