A framework for staging Post Autonomy

How do we stage a ‘Project examining Post Autonomy’ within the material framework of the existing art worlds infra structure?


If we do not as yet have a language to articulate PA, and if the key to beginning to develop a language of PA is through ‘disengaging art from the mechanisms of Colonisation, Globalisation, Building the Nation State’ and the relationship between Biennials and other international art events to these mechanisms

‘How is it possible to participate in an event and discuss these issues without contributing to the problem we wish to resolve?

i.e. How is it possible to discuss Colonisation, Globalisaion, Biennials and institutions of art without in turn Colonising a culture and people or contributing to Globalisation?


It is precisely this set of key issues that a number of artists under the umbrella of Institutional critical practices raised but could not resolve, that the project staged for Hou Hanrou Istanbul Biennial in 2007  ‘Art in a period of increasing Global conflict’  ‘Post Autonomy now’ sought to address, and it is this solution that provides the template for subsequent projects materialising PA.



If we do not have a language of PA, and if PA is not a theory, but instead addresse’s the actual conditions of art, how or where do we go  to develop PA further?

By taking part in a project that was so precise in looking at the actual conditions of the World and Art  i.e. Globalisation, Conflict, Art within an actual Biennial context, showed that by taking part in projects that are this precise offers any project developing PA an exact context and opportunity for expanding understanding into Post Autonomy, the projects offer a background against which we develop a project expanding our understanding of PA, without the necessity to produce art works that illustrate these issues, since ‘the context’ offers the contents, and allows us to work at another level.


This solution has been followed and expanded in subsequent projects


  • Your space, Van Abbemuseum, The Nederlands, 2009,  developed a new space for art through participatory practices
  • Mongolian Biennial, 2010,  rethinking the role of Biennials at the end of the process of Globalisation and Colonisation
  • Centre for Contemporary art, Baku, ‘ What mechanisms and systems can we imagine after the existing systems and places for art become obsolete?’



A zone to step out of Biennials to look back at Biennials


People stepped into a zone that was designated  outside Biennials, Globalisation and Colonisation inorder to  imagine something beyond these mechanisms or to address these mechanisms through a discussion looking at ‘Participation’ and ‘PA’


Start of the process through a series of improvised discussions using ‘discussion as the material of art’











Mapping Globalisation against the backdrop of Biennials








Use a Biennial as a backdrop to analyse a Biennials link to the mechanism of Globalization and Colonisation



Since we were part of the Biennial and the Biennial surrounded us, it formed the very fabric and background wherever we went, therefore we didnt have to produce a material object or representation of the Biennial in order to discuss and examine it, this allowed us to overcome the initial problem outlined by Institutional critique


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