Thomas Boutoux of Paris-based alternative space, bookstore and publishing house castillo/corrales is up now. He's giving a run down on "alternative spaces" throughout the world by mapping the similarities of their operational structures. For example, they prioritize hospitality, says Boutoux, are somewhat non-elitist, and oftentimes pay very close attention to the design and dispersal of media related to exhibitions. These institutions are not oppositional, but reflection on a new set of attitudes that are self-invented.
Boutoux brings up a very urgent point: There's a violence in contemporary art practice today in terms of how careers are made and forgotten, especially in young artists. Changing the language and ethic of the contemporary art world was a founding impetus for castillo/corrales. To Boutoux, the future of curatorial practice to be nimble, and caring. I think this responds well to every institutional curator's desire this weekend to make their institution more responsive. (At some point, I'd also like to talk about how coded the terms "project space," "artist-run space," and "alternative space" are.)
One of my favorite quotes from Boutoux, "It's too much pressure to create a book and edit an exhibition at the same time. How can you do these two things at once? No wonder the books are never very good."
A short list of the alternative institutions he mentions:
Artists Institute, New York
Yale Union, Portland
Lima Zulu, London
New Theater, Berlin
Arcadia Missa, London
Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon
Sarah Rifky is up next and the last speaker of the symposium!