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Institutional Garbage

Edited by Lara Schoorl

$20.00

Institutional Garbage is an experimental publication that endeavors to grasp the memory, feeling, and trace of an online exhibition that took place in the fall of 2016. The online exhibition presented the administrative residue of imaginary public institutions produced by artists, writers, and curators. Contracts, email correspondences, documented unproductivity, syllabi, scanned objects, obstacle courses, and other fragments were collected to illustrate the backend activities of imaginary bureaucracies, to trace the private life of institutional endeavors.

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Featuring the work of artists Alberto AguilarBrit Barton, Mara Baker, Kevin Blake, Zippora Elders, Rami George, David Hall, Kuras and MacKenzie,  Josh Rios and Anthony Romero,  Michal Samana, Naqeeb Stevens, Tina Tahir, Anna Martine Whitehead; writers: Lise Haller Baggesen, Daniel Borzutzky, Isaiah Dufort, Patrick Durgin, Tricia Van Eck, Jane Lewty, Jill Magi, Nam Chi Nguyễn, Rowland Saifi, Suzanne Scanlon, Mia You and Maarten van der Graaf with Fiep van Bodegom and Obe Alkema; & curators: David Ayala-AlfonsoBritton Bertran, Rashayla Marie Brown,Every house has a door, Lucia FabioJoão Florêncio, Stevie Greco, Jeanine Hofland,Renan Laru-anLa Keisha Leek, Sofia Lemos and Vincent van Velsen. Edited by Lara Schoorl; book design by Pouya Ahmadi.

Institutional Garbage is an experimental publication that endeavors to grasp the memory, feeling, and trace of an online exhibition that took place in the fall of 2016. The online exhibition presented the administrative residue of imaginary public institutions produced by artists, writers, and curators. Contracts, email correspondences, documented unproductivity, syllabi, scanned objects, obstacle courses, and other fragments were collected to illustrate the backend activities of imaginary bureaucracies, to trace the private life of institutional endeavors. Once assembled, these materials reflected strategies for community arts production, education, sustainability, and value assessment. Excerpts from the original show are reproduced here alongside new texts on the same subject. The result translates virtual source materials into printed matter. Open the book at random; read in any direction; put it down and pick it back up; fall into an internet hole.

Praise for the book: “Close your eyes. Or rather, imagine your eyes are closed as you read this blurb. Now envision a dump—the dump in your hometown, say. Only it’s not full of refrigerators and tires. It’s full of ideas and all of the pictures from your utopic vacation to an island last summer that were lost when your phone disappeared on a trip home over the winter. But the dump is leaking. Leachate pools on the data mound’s perimeter. Ah. But the photos have been subtly rearranged by their fermentation: that is indeed you sitting there on the motorcycle, just like last summer, but…also something different. And that is you, holding this book, but…something else.” —G.E. Gerridae.

“We recognize the presence of lifeforms in the trails they leave behind. The institution, a structure that forms when human agents act in tandem, produces and is a repository for waste. In this sense, the institutional calls blurbs into being. No one reads blurbs, yet they must be written. Authors hate blurbs and condemn them to the back cover, where they can only be seen if the viewer grabs the book by its spin and ogles its backside. Readers skim them with scatalogical discernment, looking for signs of decay or the remnants of a healthy organism. Blurbs disappoint us in ways we expect and, following this dictum, we make them disappointing. We don’t want our shit to smell good for other people, after all.” —Evan Kleekamp.