What could processes of self-organizing and collective making look like in the current landscape? In what ways might they affect public processes of social improvisation? How might such forms of “instituting” give rise to other forms of institutions ? Inviting theoretical as well as practical approaches, this edition of the New Alphabet School studies “instituting” as an incomplete, fugitive and thus continuous process that constantly seeks out ways to interact with evolving strictures of the here and now. In their book Now (2017) the Invisible Committee argues that “in reality what we need are not institutions but forms... Everything that lives is only forms and interactions of forms”. How to begin to study this process, this evolving mutation and redefinition of forms as social improvisation, inseparable from emergent imaginings and imaginaries of a livable life?
The New Alphabet School welcomes authors Fred Moten and Stefano Harney to give a collaborate lecture on “Instituting” and its relation to the Undercommons and to talk about their ongoing work, including their forthcoming book All Incomplete. Farid Rakun and Andrea Linnenkohl, part of the artist collective ruangrupa, will deliver a participatory lecture on aspects of “Instituting” given their diverse ongoing collective practice.
Curated by Gigi Argyropoulou in cooperation with Eight/Το Οχτώ and Goethe-Institut Athens